I’m seeing a certain amount of anxiety over the threat South Carolina poses in the SEC East this season. Lots of focus on their players and the schedule, but there’s one thing I’m not seeing addressed in the comments here.
“It’s something we chart every day,” Muschamp said. “(Defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson) and our defensive staff do a fantastic job of coaching turnovers and emphasizing turnovers, we have not gotten the ball out well this spring at all.”
The Gamecocks led the SEC and were tied for ninth in the nation last year with 28 takeaways (14 interceptions, 14 fumbles). Their plus-11 turnover margin was second in the SEC and tied for 13th in the nation.
Before you pooh-pah this, you might want to consider the role turnover margin played for Boom during his Florida tenure. Here’s how that broke down over his last three seasons:
Florida’s record those three seasons? 11-2, 4-8 and 6-5, respectively. Pretty solid correlation there.
I would say that Agent Muschamp is working with a thinner margin for error in Columbia than he was in Gainesville — lower level of talent and a much more formidable Georgia team. Maybe somebody can explain why regression to the mean won’t hurt the ‘Cocks this season as much as it did the Gators in 2013.