Win, lose or draw in its game this week, South Carolina’s psyche is going to be an interesting thing to watch in the days leading up to the Georgia game. One thing Steve Spurrier has highlighted was his team’s attitude going into the Texas A&M game.
“We won a bunch of games where some players don’t play all that super, but we win,” Spurrier said. “So we stop them on third down, get a few turnovers here and there. And when you win, everybody thinks, ‘I can play this way and we’re always going to win.’ And it doesn’t work that way. It didn’t work that way. We need to try and dominate out there.”
… Spurrier said his team wasn’t overconfident against the Aggies, who started a sophomore quarterback in the place of departed Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and jumped to ninth in this week’s rankings. But, he admitted, the Gamecocks seemed a little lackadaisical in contrast to their opponent, one reason for the ramped-up tempo in practice this week.
Makes you wonder if somebody got caught doing a little premature looking ahead to week three against Georgia.
They insist it’ll be different this week. It probably will. East Carolina isn’t as talented as TAMU, and while it runs the same offense, it wasn’t as prolific last season, either. (Although its defense did give up a lot less yardage than the Aggies did in 2013.)
If the ‘Cocks win in a blow out, all will be forgiven. What will be interesting to watch is how the team and Spurrier react if they get in another shootout.