According to Barrett Sallee,
Could they push Georgia, a team the Gamecocks stuck close to last year?
“People at Georgia will tell you, and they’ve told me, that was a game where they felt threatened,” Sallee said. “I was wildly impressed by South Carolina. I think Will Muschamp and that crew are building something pretty darn solid.”
I give Muschamp credit for managing a relatively close result, but the idea that South Carolina threatened in a game that featured the following statistical edges for Georgia…
- Time of possession: 38:22 vs. 21:38
- First downs: 26 vs. 14
- Total yards: 438 vs. 270
- Rushing yards: 242 vs. 43
… seems a stretch.
Also, Boom bragged after the game that, “We made Jake Fromm play quarterback.” Well, maybe so, but he played it to the tune of a 177.57 passer rating, so I’m not sure how well that strategy worked. (And again, the Dawgs rushed for 242 yards, so…) By comparison, Bentley managed a passer rating of 109.36.
That isn’t to say you can’t make a decent case for the ‘Cocks being the second-best team in the East in 2018. Getting Deebo Samuel back is a big deal for an offense that didn’t do much after he went down with an injury last season and from what I saw last Saturday, Bentley looks comfortable in the new offensive scheme. But being “wildly impressed” after SC’s spring game? I dunno.