Jeez, Athlon, give it a rest.
Future Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier — legendary both for this coaching acumen, which included the most prosperous era in South Carolina history, as well as his trash-talking ability — once quipped that playing Georgia early in the season was a boon for the Gamecocks.
While the nature of Spurrier’s trash talk does not apply in 2018, successor Will Muschamp and his South Carolina squad could benefit all the same from a Week 2 showdown. The defending SEC champion Bulldogs head into 2018 with quarterback Jake Fromm, but Kirby Smart’s left replacing several key players integral to last year’s title-game run. Gone are Roquan Smith, Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, among others.
Meanwhile, South Carolina returns one of the most experienced lineups in the SEC, building off a surprise nine-win campaign in 2017. With Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley poised for a star season, look for South Carolina to capitalize on the early growing pains Georgia faces and perhaps spring the most important SEC upset of September.
You done there? Good. Allow me to retort.
The last time Steve Spurrier saw Georgia in September, well, let’s just say he didn’t feel like quipping afterwards.
And as far as that returning one of the most experienced lineups in the SEC thing goes, according to Phil Steele, the ‘Cocks return exactly one more starter than does Georgia.
South Carolina’s a quality team, it’s an SEC road game and any given Saturday — I get all that. But for once, how about relying on some real analysis instead of mailing it in with that lazy crap?