Daily Archives: September 7, 2018

The greatest hot take of our era

Tim Tebow wants to pump you up for tomorrow in Columbia.

Auburn begs to differ there, big guy.  I don’t blame ’em, either.

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UPDATE:  In fairness to the GPOOE™, his extended remarks sound more like an ESPN talking head’s “so I’m saying there’s a chance” than outright Dawg trollery.

“I think it’s going to take Deebo Samuel being the best player on the field, I think Jake can’t turn the football over and then I think that South Carolina has to get one or two turnovers,” Tebow said. “And if they do, I think they can win. Listen, it’s not a long shot. Last year it was a long shot, you were missing Deebo, you couldn’t run the ball. But Georgia, it’s early, they’re so talented but they’re young. It’s a new, young team. They haven’t faced a good team on the road yet, they haven’t been tested. So football is also so much about people coming together and if Georgia doesn’t necessarily come together the right way, although talented and very exceptional athletes, South Carolina could definitely get them.”

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Requiem for an alum

This is pretty cool.

Although a Mean Machine nod might be even cooler.

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He left his heart in Gainesville, Florida.

Wait… you’re telling me that with everything on the line for his supposedly beloved South Carolina tomorrow, Steve Spurrier would rather be at a game where the Gators are trying to beat Kentucky for the umpteenth time in a row?

Priorities, priorities…

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The cupcake dilemma, in two tweets

Nick Saban, with ALL CAPS:

Also, Nick Saban.

I think you’re gonna need a bigger tube of lipstick for that pig, Nick.

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Stud count

You will be shocked, shocked to learn that this Red & Black piece matching position groups for tomorrow’s game strikes a rather different tone than does our intrepid Saturday Down South author did (I’m beginning to wonder if that was a work of parody).  In fact, it could be argued the R&B analysis is overly flattering to South Carolina.  Based on what I saw last week, I don’t think the teams’ secondaries are on equal footing.

That’s not really where I want to go here, though.  This post is about looking at the number of difference makers each team has.  What player or players hit the field who make a coordinator scheme around him/them, who make an opposing fan take note and express concern?

Deebo Samuel is the obvious choice for South Carolina.  If Georgia isn’t scheming to keep the ball away from him on kickoffs, I’ll be disappointed.  And I have to believe that he’s at the top of Smart’s and Tucker’s defensive to-do list.  Judging from what I saw in Carolina’s opener, though, he’s about it in that regard.

That isn’t to say there aren’t plenty of good players in SC’s two-deep; there are.  Bentley is growing into his role as the center of the offense, there are some good receivers who compliment Samuel nicely and Dowdle is a quality SEC back.  The point isn’t that Georgia can plan on taking the day off; rather, there simply aren’t a lot of those difference makers in Carolina’s starting 22.

Don’t take my word on that, either.  Ask Muschamp.

Saturday is why South Carolina’s Will Muschamp finally made a complete commitment to a tempo-based offense in his seventh season as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference.

The No. 24 Gamecocks’ coach surveyed the conference and national landscape and looked at what stood between him and the team’s stated annual goals of Beat the East and Win the State. Specifically, the defensive lines at Georgia and Clemson and South Carolina’s inability to run the football against those lines.

In the four games against the Gamecocks’ most bitter rivals during Muschamp’s tenure, South Carolina has been outrushed 1,002 yards to 265 yards. They are 0-4.

“It’s so hard offensively right now, unless you are just elite from an ability standpoint, to create explosive plays,” Muschamp said. “In order to create some explosive plays, in the passing game especially, you need to be able to run the ball and stay balanced and create one-on-ones down the field.”

That backs up what I saw against Coastal Carolina.  The ‘Cocks did a nice job busting open short plays into intermediate gainers against a defense that was far less mechanically sound, but didn’t wind up with a single play that exceeded thirty yards.  (Georgia, by comparison, played just as vanilla on offense, but still managed a couple of 40+ yard plays.)

I can count one obvious difference maker on defense in Deandre Baker, who, remember, wasn’t challenged with a single pass play thrown at him in coverage last Saturday.  By himself, Baker makes the Dawgs secondary a better group than SC’s.  Offensively, you’ve got guys like Robertson and Hardman with the speed and athletic ability to play in Samuel’s class, Swift’s every-down versatility both running and catching the ball making him a matchup nightmare and Cook’s raw speed, all for starters.  (Justin Fields’ physical attributes would seem to be an obvious example, too, but for now, inexperience trumps talent in his case.)

None of this should be taken as a guarantee of a Georgia win, of course.  Things happen every Saturday nobody expects, and until I see evidence that regression to the mean has taken root, South Carolina’s turnover prowess from last season has to be respected.  But, bottom line, if the SEC is, at heart, a Jimmies-and-Joes league, you have to think the squad that has more elite players in uniform has an advantage, especially with two similar staffs and the familiarity each has with the other.

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Week One takes are the hottest takes.

Jeez, that didn’t take long.

The points came quickly and against all types of opponents in a very successful opening week for the defensive-minded teams in the Southeastern Conference.

Offenses around the SEC made a statement the rest of Power Five leagues can’t help but notice — and left little doubt they have the offensive firepower to light up scoreboards all year after their impressive performances in Week 1.

Mississippi State put up 63 points in its first game under new head coach Joe Moorhead. Arkansas and its new leader, Chad Morris, beat Eastern Illinois 55-20. While Jimbo Fisher and his revamped Texas A&M attack gained 738 yards in its 59-7 win over Northwestern State.

“With new coaches and aggressive schemes, it’s a perfect storm in the SEC,” said former Vanderbilt quarterback Jordan Rodgers, now with the SEC Network.

Before we get all “the SEC is going Oklahoma” here, allow Will Muschamp to retort.

When asked about the scoring surge, Muschamp said, “I think a lot of teams played out of conference schedules. That helped.”

Seven conference offenses that opened with cupcakes face P5 opponents this week.  Let’s wait and see if they rip and run again before we start going nuts, okay?

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There’s no ‘ME’ in team… oh, wait.

The new redshirt rule is an improvement, but Gary Danielson is right in thinking things could be better.

Danielson believes the red-shirt rule is better than the previous rule but said an across-the-board five years of eligibility is what he has been an advocate for.

“All great Alabama teams, all the players are leaving after three years,” he said. “It isn’t holding anyone back. And the guys that work their way into the starting lineup. I don’t see why they can’t get five years of eligibility. Who cares if he plays as a freshman or he’s on special teams or he plays in games that are lopsided to give them chances.

“I always feel bad that he got into the eighth or ninth game. He’s planning a redshirt, and the coach says, ‘we need you because of injuries.’ What does the kid say? ‘No, coach I want to save my year.’ He always says, ‘I’ll do this for the team and he blows a year of eligibility.”

Yeah, but it saves the school a year of tuition, Gary.  Now, if we could just get those selfish little pricks to quit sitting out bowl games to preserve their draft status…

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