Friday ‘Cocky thoughts

  • One thing that’s a little strange to me is how little chance South Carolina is being given by the pundits for pulling the upset.  Usually there’s someone credible (i.e., not May or Holtz) giving the ‘Cocks a shot in an upset pick, but I’m not seeing it this year.
  • If SC (can I say that?) does lose tomorrow, you’d have to say that the program has hit a pretty grim stretch under Spurrier:  Should South Carolina fall to Georgia, Spurrier would own the first 1-7 stretch of his college career. His 2008 Gamecocks would be 1-2 with a schedule that concludes with six games against teams that won eight or more games a year ago.
  • There were questions about whether Jasper Brinkley might struggle a bit coming out of the gate after recovering from that serious knee injury last year, and he hasn’t been the dominant player so far this year that he was then.  But there may be another reason for that – lack of confidence in a new defensive scheme.

    “I’ve got to start trusting the new scheme that we have,” Brinkley admitted Wednesday. “Once I trust that, I believe I’ll be a whole lot better. It’s not going to change, so it’s something I’ve got to deal with.”

    Instead of attacking the ball from the inside out with a reckless abandon that made him one of the most feared linebackers in the Southeastern Conference his first year, his current role is to contain and turn the ball inside more. The new alignment has had him rattled in the first two games in which he posted only three tackles and one quarterback hurry.

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UPDATE: Matt notes in the comments that Steele picks the upset.  It’s all about Spurrier.

SC outgained Vandy by 100+ yards last week but a punt that bounced off a blocker changed the outcome as it allowed Vandy back in the game. This is it for Spurrier. I really feel that if he loses this game, this will probably be his last season as head man of the Gamecocks and he will head to the links after the season. I feel an upset will recharge him and keep in mind SC beat Georgia last year “Between the Hedges” and now get them at home. PHIL’S FORECAST: SOUTH CAROLINA 17 Georgia 16

He’s even overriden his computer.

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9 responses to “Friday ‘Cocky thoughts

  1. SonuvaDawg

    re: point #2, another quote from that article…

    “Some Gamecocks fans on Internet message boards believe their “Head Ball Coach” is now a “Has Been Coach,” but Spurrier’s peers don’t buy into that.”

    HBC, Has Been Coach… priceless!!!

  2. Matt

    Phil Steele is picking this upset. This concerns me!

  3. I was a bit surprised to see Georgia only a 7 point favorite over the Cocks. Vandy beat South Carolina by 7, after all. Hell, even U Conn is an 11 point favorite over Virginia.

    There must be some “Spurrier” factor in that line. I’m taking the Dawgs.

  4. kckd

    I still think Phil’s is the best overall mag, but it’s not as big a difference as you think, and he’s not the prognosticator he makes himself out to be. He will give 20 teams or so out of 120 to be turnaround teams. Considering that probably 30 of the 120 are already disqualified for having too good a season the previous year to be considered a turnaround team, it doesn’t really excite me to see him go on and on the next season of how he foresaw 5 of those 20 he picked as turnaround teams.

    He’s basically putting all his eggs in the basket of a coach who has scored a grand total of 25 points on us in three games based on reputation only.

    Spurrier is not in charge of stopping a mature Stafford and a Moreno who Bobo knows must touch the ball 20 times or more.

  5. AtlDawg

    This is still spurrier were talking about and the closer we get to game day the more nervous I get. The seven point line and PS pick don’t ease my nerves.

  6. 81Dog

    As Pulpwood himself said about the line, “Vegas tryin’ to GIVE y’all money, bwah.” Bulldogs cover the 7 with no sweat.

    The only team in Columbia who can beat UGA tomorrow is UGA. If we show up to play, we won’t leave anything in our wake a but a cloud of feathers and tears.

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  8. Wolfman

    Cocks always make me nervous. Anybody who’s been to this game in the past 6-7 years has, more often than not, come away with a “whew” feeling of escape.

    And, Mergz, is UConn really an 11pt. favorite over Virginia? They sure have fallen off. Remember the days when beating UVA was a sure ticket to the top of the polls?