Category Archives: South Carolina Gamecocks
Georgia is in great shape to finish the recruiting season as a top 3 class. If Georgia can get a couple of key guys to flip then they will definitely be challenging the Tide for first place. The real shocker is that Clemson has found its way into the top 3 by hopping over Georgia and landing just behind Alabama and number 2. It comes as a shock to me because if I am a recruit, and I saw how bad they got beat in the first game against UGA, I am committing elsewhere.
Here is a breakdown of the current standings:
Alabama: Top Recruit- Calvin Ridley WR (5 stars)
Clemson: Top Recruit: Ray-Ray McCloud ATH (I think we know who the award for best name goes to)
Georgia: Top Recuit: Terry Godwin ATH (5 stars)
South Carolina: Top Recruit: Jalen Christian ATH (4 stars)
Tennessee: Top Recruit: Kahill McKenzie DL (5 stars)
Clearly the SEC is dominating recruiting yet again, and it looks to only get better for the SEC as more athletes will sign their letters of intent on signing day. Georgia has the most complete class outside of Alabama, and Clemson is ahead of Georgia solely because of a couple late 4 star commits. Once signing day rolls around look out for FSU, Auburn, and Georgia all to make a push to beat the Crimson Tide for top class in the country.
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I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times, Auburn is the luckiest team to ever walk this earth. The final play against South Carolina on Saturday should have been replayed and Auburn should have been penalized. Auburn had two players with the same number on the field at the same time! I assure you that if this is any other team, it is called and SC ends up winning the game. Here is Auburn cheating.
A player got his face-mask ripped off on Saturday. That is enough for me to want to find out more on how that happened. The referee’s job just got much easier because this is the most blatant face-mask I have ever seen. Good news: my Tide just got one step closer to the playoff with the Ole miss loss, bad news: LSU needs a new face-mask. Here is the complete video.
Everyone loves Lou Holtz. He either reminds you of your Grand-Dad or you just love to hate him, but either way you love him. People took to twitter after Doctor Lou let out the most violent sneeze I have ever heard. I honestly thought he blew a gasket on this one, and I am sure others did as well. Do not fear, the Doctor is okay and someone gave him a Kleenex. Here is the full video.
Hustling through this because its currently 11:15 and this is supposed to go live in 20 minutes… shoddy scheduling on my part this week.
And by ‘thrillers’, I mean in the Halloween way, not the games themselves:
Seriously though, that’s amazing. Only Georgia Tech among these seven has played more than three conference games, and the transitive property has eaten the whole division. GET YOUR FLORIDA STATE vs. <insert 7-5 team here> TICKETS NOW!
2) Connecticut at #18 ECU, 7, ESPNU: ECU in the AAC feels like they’re swimming way out of their depth based on opponent cache alone, but they’re really, REALLY fun to watch and could be a (whatever they call the BCS 6 now) bowl buster.
1) #6 Oregon at Cal, 10, FS1: The over/under on total yards for this game has to be in the 1600 range. We know what Oregon does, but what Cal does is even more impressive. They gave up 723 passing yards and WON a game this year, took UCLA to the wire, and have hung (and given up) 50 on about everyone. This is football on crack.
2) BYU at Boise (9, ESPN) and USF at Cincinnati (7, ESPN2) exist for people with no life. Of which I hope I’m not one with this oncoming cold.
NOONS OVER MY HAMMY
This is the most deplorable noon slate of the college football season, I think. A total of two ranked teams, one of whom doesn’t count because B1G.
1) Texas at #11 Kansas State (12, ESPN): Texas schadenfruede is always fun, Bill Snyder is always heartwarming, and…Texas schadenfruede is always fun.
2) Rutgers at #16 Nebraska (12, ESPN2): What’s more vomit-inducing: including this game on the viewing guide, or cheering for Rutgers to further destroy the B1G’s rep? I don’t know and I don’t want to know, but I suppose we can all laugh that the state universities of New Jersey and Nebraska are in the same athletic conference.
Beyond: Nothing really. Like at all. UNC at UVA intrigues only me, and I realize that. UAB at Arkansas is on the SECN and may draw an eyeball or two. Just stay away.
HEY TV PEOPLE, ALL OF THESE WOULD BE NOON HEADLINERS
There’s a lot of good, not great, viewing interest for the 3:30’s, but we need TV execs to balance their stuff out a little better.
1) Michigan at #8 Michigan State (3:30, ABC): For pure “what will Brady Hoke do to get himself and the AD’s asses canned this week?” purposes.
2) #1 Mississippi State at Kentucky (3:30, CBS): Just like we predicted in the preseason. I guess we cheer for MSU to eliminate the BlueCats.
3) #22 West Virginia at Oklahoma State (3:30, ESPN): My two favorite likely-to-find-meth-den Power Five cities face off in a game between teams we forget about now but will randomly be playing for the XII title in a month.
4) Georgia Tech at Pitt (3:30 ESPNU): See chart above, insert ‘watching GT lose in front of 25k fans’, and enjoy watching the world burn in the stadium where….well, that’s happened before:
5) Missouri at Vanderbilt (4, SECN): Pure, unadulterated unintentional comedy potential.
THE FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT
Seriously. All of the good SEC games are under the lights.
1) #3 Ole Miss at #24 LSU (7:15, ESPN): Again begs the question “How is LSU ranked?”, but that’s neither here nor there, I guess. Tuning in to continue my unhealthy man crush on Mississippi’s D.
2) #4 Alabama at Tennessee (7:30, ESPN2): Pure. Lane. Kiffin. Knoxville. Comedy. Gold.
3) #20 USC at #19 Utah (10, FS1): I’m interested in seeing if Utah is actually good or not, and bipolar USC is totally
not the opponent for me to make this determination.
4) South Cack at #5 Auburn (7:30, SECN): So…uh…do we…cheer for SC in this game? I think we do! (Vomits up blood) GO COCKS!
5) #13 Ohio State at Penn State (8, ABC): Go Pedobears, please kill this discussion of tOSU in the CFP with fire.
ENJOY THE GAMES, Y’ALL!
Year Of The Running Back
Last year we had the privilege of watching some of the most talented QBs to ever play in the SEC. Between a two-time National Champion, Heisman winner, record breaker(s), and Zack Mettenburger, we knew it would be a tough act to follow. Even with the emergence of Dak Prescott, the quarterback position is pretty thin when it comes to future NFL draft picks. Where the QBs are thin, the running back position is LOADED with talent. Todd Gurley, TJ Yeldon, Derrick Henry, Alex Collins, Mike Davis, and those are just the guys who have been here for at least a year. The NFL can thank the SEC in a couple of years, because they are about to be loaded with running backs. Here is how each team replaced their star QBs.
Coach of the Year
Clearly the front runners are from the state of Mississippi, but I believe Mark Richt should get some serious love for the job he has done over the past few weeks. Georgia has not had the best player in the country, and went on the road in the SEC and basically put the SEC East Championship on ice. Mark Richt has done a great job at uniting a team that could have just as easily folded up and given the season away to Mizzou. My hat is off to Richt and Pruitt for the amazing job through the midway point. Here are the favorites.
The SEC as a whole has not been the same on defense the past couple of seasons. LSU does not look like the same team on defense and that is just sad. They were one of the more feared units in the entire country, now they have a hard time stopping the run/pass you name it. Georgia has been a huge surprise this season leading the nation in turnover margin, while losing some key starters off of last year’s team. Here is a power ranking of the best defensive units to this point.
Having grown up a
fan (I don’t believe in conference solidarity) viewer of another conference, I understand the hand-wringing associated with the perceived ‘SEC media bias’ that exists to prop up the conference versus the other power-5 players. While I don’t think it’s some grand conspiracy to protect ESPN’s investment in the SEC Network, I do believe that members of the SEC tend to get the benefit of the doubt.
After beating former #8 LSU, Mississippi State vaulted (hey, that’s the name of our sponsor! click to download!) from unranked (they should’ve been ranked in the preseason anyway, but I digress) to #12. Then #3 after beating a Texas A&M team which achieved a high ranking by– you guessed it– dumping a top-10 SEC team in week 1.
On the flip side, it seemingly takes forever for the pollsters to adjust downward for SEC teams. South Carolina survived near-losses to ECU and Vanderbilt (VANDERBILT!) before dropping out of the top 25. An LSU team that needed a miracle to beat Flo-by-God-rida is inexplicably back in the top 25 (remember how they lost to Auburn?).
I have found a trend that I’m going to investigate further. SEC teams (and moreso the West) are a lot slower to drop than teams from other conferences. Michigan State dropped 8 spots after going to Eugene and leading Oregon for most of the game in week 2, yet Auburn’s de-pantsing against #CLANGA cost them four spots.
1) Ole Miss: Another week, more self-vindication for jumping on the Ole Miss bandwagon while everyone was feeling MSU. Still third in the nation in YPP on D behind Stanford and Louisville.
2) Alabama: As I said last week and this week, I tend to lean on Ole Miss and Alabama to be the tops in the SEC West because of how the schedule plays itself out. And then Alabama put the final nail in the “Texas A&M is good” coffin, and we all enjoyed having one less thing to worry about.
3) Mississippi State: The best thing the Bulldogs have going for them is my intense (yet unintentional) apparent hatred for them. I just don’t believe yet, as I’m even LESS impressed with the LSU and A&M wins than I was a week ago.
4) Georgia: Up one spot into the fray of the national top-5 teams, Georgia cruises into the bye with two solid road wins against… without… you know the deal. That’s what good teams do, and Georgia may be the most confident team in the league heading into the stretch run.
5) Auburn: Really excited to see them (hopefully) fall off the map in November. In the ‘that is kinda nuts’ category, assuming the four teams above hold serve, Auburn will play four top-10 teams for their SEC road games this year.
AND THEN THERE WAS A DRAMATIC DROP-OFF…
6) LSU: In sticking with the theme of the initial diatribe, how high would LSU jump in the polls were they to beat Ole Miss this weekend? 13?
7) Texas A&M: This says a lot about how bad the SEC East is, and nothing more…
8) Kentucky: A team that just lost 41-3 to LSU is almost in the top half of the league on the strength of having wins in the SEC and not wanting to prop up Arkansas. Go figure.
9) Arkansas: Bret Bieliema don’t need no proppin’ up. 0-4 and still a threat, and still hypothetically the second best team in the SEC Easy.
10) Missouri: Can we rehash this one more time? Mizzou won a game (by 29 points, mind you) in which they:
– totaled 119 yards of offense
– threw for 20 yards and 1.1 yards per attempt (Palmer was right, Maty Mauk is bad)
– had 8 more penalties than their opposition
That’s what happens when you return a fumble, interception, kick, and punt for a touchdown. Their three scoring ‘drives’ (one TD and two FG) totaled 63 yards in 24 plays. Lord.
ANOTHER (LESS SIGNIFICANT) DROPOFF
11) South Carolina: They’re the actual second-best team in the East, I think, but with a loss to Tennessee could easily miss a bowl. Thank God they get to play Clemson at the end of the year.
12) Tennessee: Serious question: is there an SEC win on UT’s schedule? They finish up with Bama this week, @South Cack, Kentucky, Missouri, and @Vandy (oh yeah, they get to play Vandy.) Scratch that.
13) Florida: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
14) Vanderbilt: If ever there was justification for a collegiate relegation system…