Death of a recent streak

As I just remarked, in Columbia, it’s the Year of the Questions.  And I’m not the only one who has them.

For the first time since 2010, South Carolina will open the college football season unranked. Before we get to that, take a moment to say a few kind words over the deceased streak that just ended. The Gamecocks were ranked entering each of the last four seasons – No. 12 in 2011, No. 9 in 2012, No. 6 in 2013 and No. 9 in 2014.

Prior to that run, the most consecutive preseason polls the Gamecocks had been ranked was two (2001 and 2002). In fact, from 1962 (the first year the team’s complete rankings history is available) through 2010, South Carolina was ranked in the preseason four times combined.

The preseason Associated Press poll was released Sunday. The Gamecocks were nowhere on it. Not even in the “others receiving votes.”

That’s both a helluva tribute to the job Spurrier has done and observation about how down South Carolina football appears from the end of last season.  Kendall’s right that a 3-0 start and things will be right back to where they’re expected, based on Spurrier’s records, but getting there… well, that’s the question.

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37 responses to “Death of a recent streak

  1. Gravidy

    Does anyone know how Spurrier is viewed by the SC fan base? I assume most of them are happy for him to stay. I certainly would be if I were in their shoes.

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    • JCDAWG83

      They would all kill their mothers if he asked them to. He’s won 4 of the last 5 against Georgia and 5 of 6 against Clemson. They had never won 3 in a row against us until he came and had never won 5 in a row against Clemson. Their fan base is not really motivated by championships, they have no point of reference for that. They are motivated by beating their rivals and they view Clemson and Georgia as their biggest rivals.

      I would not be surprised at all if they name the field after him when he leaves.

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      • Macallanlover

        Much of what you say is realistic but, naming the field for him when they haven’t won a championship? Even for SC fans that seems over the top. And especially if he continues to drag this retirement thing out and it gets even harder for them to recruit. Seems like someone needs to pull him aside ans suggest he plan a graceful exit before they lose all chance of anyone remembering the “ranked years”. Bad position they have worked themselves into.

        I think they might finish as high as 4th in the East, but beating either UGA or Clemson looks to be a long shot. Wilds and Cooper are solid athletes but not capable of carrying the entire offense, and they can afford to lose neither and stay above Kentucky, imo.

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    • Sides

      I would say he is viewed very favorably by SC fans. A bad season this year could change things but the same is true for all coaches. I think most SC fans are optimistic this season. Last year was a tough season because of the defense. Most reports are that this has been fixed.

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    • PTC DAWG

      My neighbor is a big fan of Carolina, he punted for them in the late 60’s…he has been telling me that Carolina wouldn’t be able to keep up the pace they had going a few years back, and worries they will fall off even more post Spurrier.

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  2. Russ

    Doubt the ol’ Ball Sack at your own peril. I know we’ll get his best shot.

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    • I don’t doubt Spurrier. I doubt the materials he has at his disposal.

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      • Russ

        Yeah, I agree with your assessment on that, but I still wouldn’t be surprised if Spurrier managed to rally the team and pull a rabbit out of the hat. They’ll fold down the stretch, though.

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        • Bazooka Joe

          That has always been the problem with South Carolina (as pointed out by of all things a former gator player) – he said (granted this was a few years ago, before their recruiting picked up and they got folks like Latimore and Clowney) South Carolina’s starters were good and could compete, but the drop off to 2nd team was more dramatic than other places so they would start strong when everyone was healthy/not worn down, bit as the season went on, they’d fall off.

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      • I continue to fail to see why this is true. When you start comparing the teams in a few weeks I think you will find SC has more talent at a number of different positions. On offense Ga will have better running backs but Sc has better receivers. Both teams have good o-lines and question marks at QB. On defense we have a great line backing corp and what should be a much improved line. Both defenses will give up some points and make stops. The game will be close and it will come down to making some big plays. Sc has made more plays over the last 5 years.

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        • PTC DAWG

          There is a reason one team is ranked in the top 10 and the other is unranked…and it is not because the talent level is close.

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          • Sc was a top 10 team…last preseason. Keep setting yourself up for disappointment.

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            • PTC DAWG

              Blind hog has been kilt. Honestly, I hope for a good game with no injuries…best of luck to your squad, after the UGA game. 🙂

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            • Macallanlover

              no SC was never at op 10 team last season. They were misplaced and awarded something they couldn’t even hold through one quarter of the season. Only a SC fan would take pride in a ranking they so clearly never deserved. You look at rankings after the season, they are the only ones close to reality, but then, reality isn’t something the Cocks like to talk about is it?

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        • I’m not saying SC isn’t talented. I’m saying there are a lot more question marks than we’ve been accustomed to seeing lately.

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          • I agree there are question marks and the biggest is at the QB position. It’s difficult to project any team with an unknown at QB (even more difficult with a new OC too). I could see Sc beating anyone on the schedule and losing to all but about 3 teams. Most people are guessing about 8-4. It could be better or worse depending on these question marks.

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            • PTC DAWG

              Who does Carolina draw out of the west? I could see Carolina being an underdog to any of them. Even with UF…dog to Ut and Clem’s Son, not to mention UGA. It will take no upsets to get to 7. I like SOS myself, but I think the shine is off…took 2 incredible athletes to put together that nice 3 year run.

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              • Texas am and lsu. The schedule is brutal which is why most fans doubt they can win the East.

                I know everyone here wants to put the nail in Spurrier coffin but it’s not happening right now. Last season SC had one of the best offenses in school history (with the worst d in history). Spurrier runs the offense. The d is expected to be fixed and the offense has playmakers.

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                • PTC DAWG

                  Georgia and Carolina got no break from the schedule makers. Throw in our in state rivals being at the top of their games, and you have a tough schedule.

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  3. Uglydawg

    They probably are Grav..but he opened a can of worms when he mentioned retiring..and it’s going to be hard for him to recruit now..and if the program really is in the ditch, it will make recruiting even harder….looks like a death-spiral that only a very good season this year can pull the Gamecocks out of. If he pulls it off..he’s one great, great coach. If not..then when this reality finally rains on them, we will start to hear the grumbling.
    I just hope they don’t come looking for a coach in Athens or Colorado Springs.

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  4. Granthams replacement

    Another example of the inflated win totals from programs that over signed. The win total for the gamecocks went up with over signing and has trailed off 3 years after as the attrition brought the talent level back to normal. LSU (non Saban) and Vandy are back to pre over signing win totals as well. Even Bama’s talent level is not at the 2011 zenith level since over signing has stopped in the SEC.

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    • sUGArdaddy

      That’s a very astute observation, sir. We played by the rules in a period so many of our rivals were on the edges.

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    • Sc just got over scholarship restrictions from the Whitney hotel trouble. I don’t follow over signing but they have been operating with reduced scholarships.

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  5. 904Biscuit

    My heart dropped when I saw this headline. I was afraid this was going to be about our streak of no arrests. Good to hear it’s about problems over at uSC.

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  6. AusDawg85

    Between the Hedges, Chubb, nastiness on D, weakness on the opposing sidelines, crowd will be into it, Penn Wagers gone, Big Ass Fans in concourse…how can we possibly lose?

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    • JCDAWG83

      By not handing the ball to our best running back when we are on the SC 4 yard line.

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      • Nate Dawg

        Phantom holding calls aside, right?

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        • JCDAWG83

          Still had the chance to win the game on the SC 4 late and blew it. I really hope SC and tech aren’t the two games Richt coaches us out of a win again this season.

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          • PTC DAWG

            I’ll be shocked if we lose to both of them again this year.

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          • Nate Dawg

            I still like the boot-leg pass call, it just didn’t work. I also hope we stop fumbling against tech this year.

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            • JCDAWG83

              I would have agreed with the call against Missouri in ’13 when we were down to third string running backs. With the best running back in the nation on your team and available and rested, no excuse to not give it to him 3 times if you have to.

              Monumental coaching blunder, but I’m used to them by now.

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              • Nate Dawg

                Rested? I’m pretty sure Gurley had played that whole game so not sure what you mean there…? And if my opponent is down to his 3rd string RB, I think I might be a little more ready for the bootleg than when the best RB in the country is still out there and at play. So Bobo’s just using the element of surprise there, who can blame him? I’m not sure “monumental coaching blunder” means what you think it means.
                And you’ve become “used” to these coaching blunders from this coaching staff? Hmmm…not sure we’re watching the same team. And I’m surely not sure we’re pulling for the same team.
                That was a good call on the goal line. I’m standing by that. It just didn’t work out.

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                • Bazooka Joe

                  I actually agree with you Nate – in fact we have used that same play in similar situations (and at similar positions on the field) and it worked like a charm. Not Bobo’s fault that Mason panicked and threw the ball in the dirt thus getting a grounding call that moved us back 6-7 yards and loss of down thus limiting running option for remaining plays.

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      • DeputyDawg

        Ouch! still hurts…

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  7. Nate Dawg

    A little off topic here but I saw on espn where Spurrier has 84 wins at sakerlina. He needs 16 more to be the only head coach with at least 100 wins at 2 major D-1 schools. I didn’t do the research but if you trust that, I’m thinking that’s his goal before retirement – he strikes me as the type that would want that record.
    So here’s to hoping it takes him 10 more seasons to get there…hehehe…

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  8. PTC DAWG

    IF he helps to keep UF and UT down, I’m all for him hanging around a little while longer.

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