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“We’re not overconfident, I can say that for sure.”

Well, last year disproved the conventional wisdom that when Spurrier’s feeling cocky, it’s a sign that he’s got a good team to back up his attitude.

So what does it say about South Carolina’s chances this season when he plays the “hopefully” card?

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Death of a recent streak

As I just remarked, in Columbia, it’s the Year of the Questions.  And I’m not the only one who has them.

For the first time since 2010, South Carolina will open the college football season unranked. Before we get to that, take a moment to say a few kind words over the deceased streak that just ended. The Gamecocks were ranked entering each of the last four seasons – No. 12 in 2011, No. 9 in 2012, No. 6 in 2013 and No. 9 in 2014.

Prior to that run, the most consecutive preseason polls the Gamecocks had been ranked was two (2001 and 2002). In fact, from 1962 (the first year the team’s complete rankings history is available) through 2010, South Carolina was ranked in the preseason four times combined.

The preseason Associated Press poll was released Sunday. The Gamecocks were nowhere on it. Not even in the “others receiving votes.”

That’s both a helluva tribute to the job Spurrier has done and observation about how down South Carolina football appears from the end of last season.  Kendall’s right that a 3-0 start and things will be right back to where they’re expected, based on Spurrier’s records, but getting there… well, that’s the question.

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Tuesday morning buffet

In just a few short weeks college football returns, so I know you’ve got an appetite.

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Bang for the buck, Gamecock edition

Check out this chart of what the top defensive coordinators are being paid this season:

You may miss it at first glance, but South Carolina is paying its co-DCs as much money as Alabama is paying Kirby Smart.

I wonder which school will have the better return on investment in 2015.

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“But all good things must come to an end.”

I don’t think Spurdog is gonna be real thrilled with the latest ESPN narrative.

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Friday morning buffet

Getting you ready for a holiday weekend with a few tasty morsels…

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Meanwhile, in a scrimmage to the northeast…

Sounds like the OBC ain’t happy.

The trio of remaining contenders vying to replace Dylan Thompson under center are redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch, the presumptive favorite, redshirt freshmanMichael Scarnecchia and redshirt junior Perry Orth.  Those players struggled mightily in a scrimmage Saturday, completing a combined 10-of-22 passes for 121 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

Not surprisingly, the Ol’ Ball Coach didn’t mince many words when summing up that subpar effort.

“The quarterbacks, none of them shined. It was not encouraging on the offensive side. … Connor Mitch held the ball too much at times and threw late at times, as did all of them,” head coach Steve Spurrier said in quotes distributed by the team. “But the protection probably wasn’t all that super at times either. Hopefully we can learn from it. The offense did a lot better [Friday] than they did [Saturday], but the defense did better than they did [Friday]. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a lot of improvement to do.”

Maybe he’s just trying to make sure the media doesn’t overrate his team going into the season.

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