What we learned on our Saturday

Gamecock fan gets slapped in the face by reality:

Not Ready

Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks are still not ready to compete with the big boys. I know, call me Captain Obvious, but it’s true. Yea, the first half was competitive for the most part. Take away a pick 6 on Carolina’s first drive and it’s 13-10 at worst going into halftime. The second half was a different story as UGA scored 3 TDs on their first 3 second half drives and the Gamecocks responded with, well, two 3 and outs and an interception. Anyway, I’m not here to give y’all a game recap. My point is I think our lack of depth and, overall youth, caught up with us in the second half. Georgia is a legitimate national title contender and has clearly separated itself from the rest of the pack in the SEC East. I was one of the people out there that thought Carolina would compete against UGA. Actually, I picked the Gamecocks to pull the upset on the GABACast. I was wrong. The Gamecocks aren’t ready yet. They don’t have the players depth wise to hold up for 4 quarters against the elite teams around the country.

Ummm… you left out something.

Your guys weren’t a physical match, either.  Which is why I’m a bit skeptical that the “A 9 or 10 win season is still on the table” projection plays out, particularly if regression to the mean rears its ugly head this season (the ‘Cocks finished minus-1 in turnover margin Saturday).

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38 responses to “What we learned on our Saturday

  1. Biggus Rickus

    A good rule of thumb is that if there are two games on your schedule you can’t win and a bunch of toss-ups otherwise, you aren’t getting to ten wins.

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  2. 92 grad

    Some folks like to compare this game to our loss in ‘15 to Alabama, where we were really looking to compete. It didn’t feel the same to me on Saturday but this post from gaba is almost verbatim what we were thinking after that game. Maybe it’s a good comparison.

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  3. That job is one of the toughest P5 jobs in the country. You have 2 elite programs as your blood rivals (although one of those doesn’t treat you that way). You recruit a state that doesn’t produce enough high school talent to support you and your elite, in-state overlord. You have to go into your other rival’s state to pick through their leftovers. You have a fan base that thinks they should be a championship program. Your home base has little to no college town charm. Your tradition and trophy case are about the same quality. Your program is where old coaches go to get their ANGC membership.

    Boom, good luck taking all of that chicken $#!+ and turning it into chicken salad.

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  4. eethomaswfnc – nailed it… They do have money and they do have commitment, but they are in a ‘uphill’ position for the reasons stated above.

    Personally, I think what Boom as done since getting to Carolina is a minor miracle.

    What’s his buy out? Because if I’m North Carolina – I think I see my next coach…

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    • Just Chuck (The Other One)

      You may be psychic or, at least, a prophet. North Carolina sure looks like they could use a change and, with all that basketball money, they could afford Boom’s buyout.

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      • Uglydawg

        Boom is on the cusp of being thought of as a “retread” coach. A rolling stone that can deliver a few years of mediocrity but not much more. Some of it is the fault of impatient fan bases. And now that Kirby has shown how quickly a program can be built, those fan bases may become even more unreasonable (UF an UT ).

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        • Uglydawg

          And I think the guy is a better than “retread”. He just needs time at a program. Maybe SC will be the place he settles in. It’s a place he can win but I doubt it will ever become an elite program.

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    • The wine and cheese crowd in Chapel Hill won’t embrace Boom. They care less about football than Kentucky fans.

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      • ChiliDawg

        I gotta take issue with your Kentucky fan comment – they care more about football than you give them credit for. I know quite a few of them. Yeah, basketball is king because that’s what they’re historically great at, but they very much love Wildcat football.

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  5. Dawgy1

    Georgia’s Offense is as scary as it gets. I would hate to have to defend it. Weapons all over the field with a next level OL to boot.

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    • Macallanlover

      Indeed. Want to see more of Hollomon but how does he get on the field, very physical. This effort might have earned him more opportunities. I think DRob will have to learn to block better before he gets to do his thing.

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  6. gastr1

    Wow. Their “overall youth” was one of their deficiencies. Here I thought they were experienced (and that experience would overcome talent).

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  7. Spike

    You all should read the comments after the linked article. No joy in Columbia this morning. Reality always bats last.

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  8. Greg

    “Take away a pick 6 on Carolina’s first drive and it’s 13-10 at worst going into halftime.”

    Yeah right, take away that BS interference call in the beginning and the last drive we just sat on not to run the score up….and it is worse. No need to look for a silver lining unless you are just trying to make yourself feel better.

    SC got their collective asses handed to them…and they deserved it. An ass kicking, not other way to look at it.

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  9. Uglydawg

    Hard to say how good/bad they are compared to the rest of the East. Florida, Tennessee both look real bad. Florida’s team looks like it’s ready to quit. I think they may be about to have a huge, popcorn worthy crisis.

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  10. ChiliDawg

    Anybody got a clip of the play similar to this one where we pushed a rugby scrum 12 yards down field? That made me smile ear to ear.

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    • Don’t have it, but that was 3rd quarter Brian Herrien skipping thru a small sliver in the line and then hauling the mosh pit for 8 more yards. Herrien always appears to be about 175# and skinny to me, but he is fast becoming a personal favorite. I think we’ll be seeing more of him down the sidelines on wheel routes.

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  11. Macallanlover

    With the rooster crowing and that obnoxious techno music blaring, they may have missed the sound of that window closing on their best opportunity for the foreseeable future. Can Boom last long enough to win just one against his good buddy?

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    • ChiliDawg

      Personally I thought that the whole “this is their best window” narrative was always complete bunk. They never had a window this year. In addition to having to play defending SEC champion Georgia, they play Kentucky on the road (who has beaten them the last two years in a row), Vandy and Florida on the road, they have a road trip to Ole Miss and get Texas A&M at home. It’s not a schedule for winning the East if you’re a middle-tier SEC team hoping to get lucky. That was always a pipe dream.

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      • “who has beaten them the last two years in a row”

        It’s really four losses in a row to Kentucky. They’ve also lost to Clemson and Texas A&M the last four years. Maybe they break the streak against Kentucky, but I expect the other streaks to continue until next season. With the win Saturday, Georgia now has a four-game winning streak against USCe as well.

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Ten guys hit Holloman (including Swift). Beautiful.

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  13. Uglydawg

    If SC is wise (big If) they will hang on to CWM and realize it’s going to be a slow build. SC isn’t GA and the building material has to be bought in from elsewhere. With Clemson, Alabama and Georgia doing so well, and Auburn not far behind, it’s going to be a tough go. The good news is that the three big schools in Florida, and UT and the teams on the basketball circuit aren’t doing so well. There is opportunity…but it’s going to be fleeting.
    Is there room for one more great program in such a small geographical area?

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    • ChiliDawg

      If SC is wise they will hang on to CWM because they’ll realize they’re never going to be better than an 8, maybe 9 win team. Unless the big 3 just happen to all suck (what happened in 2010).

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    • Bulldog Joe

      To be fair to Will, Spurrier (Sr. and Jr.) left him a talent hole as large as Pruitt’s. It’s why so many turned down the job.

      Schedule sets up well for SC to build on positive recruiting momentum. Let’s see how good of a coach and motivator he is.

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      • ChiliDawg

        A hole relative to what? Spurrier recruited the best talent they’re ever likely to have at that school. It wasn’t at that level when he left, but it was no worse than when Spurrier took the job. It’s South Carolina. If you’re a HS player in the region, they’re a school you go to when Clemson or Georgia doesn’t want you.

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        • Bulldog Joe

          Gamecocks Spurrier inherited: 6-5,
          Gamecocks Muschamp inherited: 3-9.

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          • Macallanlover

            Looking at that one metric, you are right, but SOS is the reason they still have hope. They beat a #1 Bama, had a string of 4-5 straight wins over Clemson, won one SECE title, and came close another 2 times, all under Spurrier. Yes, his recruiting effort slipped at the end, but for SC football, those were heady moments and planted the seed. It took major talent like Lattimore, Clowney, Jeffries, and their best QB ever with Shaw. That changed their outlook. Boom hasn’t had top talent, but the cupboard wasn’t totally bare, the issue is competing for an East title and an occasional 9-10 win season is probably their ceiling. When UGA’and FU are down, they become relevant in the East, but never nationally. That is a hard pill to swallow, their fans pour their heart into supporting the program.

            Truth is, the lack of tradition, mediocre facilities, no college town atmosphere, combined with a small state recruiting base to pull from makes it a tough sale to land more than a middle of the pack recruiting class versus other SEC schools. They should have stayed in the ACC, never going to be a top SEC school but have to face 4-5 programs a year that will usually wreck their dreams. Even if they win half of those and still have Clemson to face, they still will be 8-4 or 9-3 every year. That is the life of a SC fan…and that is the good years.

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    • 92 grad

      It’s really hard for me to read CWM and not put my thumbs up.

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  14. Didntgotheredawg

    Nice rolling maul! Their body position was garbage though. Need to bind on each other and get their “spines in line” (rugby speak for lower your pad level). Pittman’s nasties could have driven JJ another ten yards. Btw, it no longer sucks to be a dawg fan. Very satisfying win, and still with big room for improvement.

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