Category Archives: ‘Cock Envy

Today, in shade

Say what you will about Nicole Auerbach ($$), you’ve got to appreciate somebody who’s got South Carolina in her top ten this morning… and doesn’t have Tennessee there.

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Today, in you know it’s bad when…

He probably had flashbacks of the 2015 South Carolina-Georgia game… but I digress.

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Just point at the scoreboard

Eloquence.

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Life comes at you fast, Vol fans.

How it started.

How it’s going.

Damn, that was fun to watch.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

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Beamer Ball 2.0

South Carolina is 5-2.  The ‘Cocks have won four straight since getting blasted by Georgia.  What’s the secret to their success?  Well, in this case it appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

RV combines the values generated on both defensive and special teams returns, plays that generally speaking are rare and often random. On the year, the Gamecocks have produced 38.2 points in SRV value in six FBS games, leading the nation in both total SRV generated and SRV generated per game (6.4 points). South Carolina is one of only four teams that have had a positive SRV value in every game it has played this season. Against Georgia State, South Carolina produced touchdowns on two blocked punt returns, generating 16.9 points of SRV in a 21-point victory. Against Kentucky, the Gamecocks dominated starting field position with turnover and special teams returns, generating 7.5 points of SRV in a 10-point win. And against Texas A&M, South Carolina finished the game with 3.5 points of SRV in a six-point win, and that was after surrendering a late onside kick to the Aggies which cost them 2.6 points of SRV. Prior to that play, the Gamecocks had actually generated more SRV value than the scoring margin in the game.

South Carolina leads the nation in my overall special teams ratings through Week 8, and Beamer Ball is alive and well in Shane’s second year at the helm in Columbia.

One other thing that probably should be factored in to SC’s success is turnover margin.  South Carolina was minus-7 in its first three games and +1 during the four game win streak.

Brian asks a good question at the end:

There is no doubt that big special teams plays can swing games and potentially overcome offensive and defensive efficiencies. But is it sustainable? Special teams ratings do not correlate with winning games as reliably as offensive and defensive metrics, and we extract the randomness of special teams and defensive return data from possession data precisely because they are less predictive and may actually disguise a team’s fundamental strengths or weaknesses.

Their next two opponents are Missouri and Vanderbilt, so it may not matter too much, but they finish with Tennessee and Clemson, where they’ll need all the special teams excellence they can muster just to be competitive.

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Trolling in Lexington

Meanwhile, from somewhere in the middle reaches of the SEC’s Eastern Division comes this:

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Charting a rout

Behold Bill Connelly’s advanced box score for the Georgia-South Carolina game:

That is “don’t let little kids view that unattended” ugly.  A seal clubbing in numbers.

The Dawgs more than doubled SC’s success rate, with field position being essentially a wash.  No sacks, but a pressure rate of better than 37%.

The tidbit I’m most fascinated by, though, are Georgia’s passing stats against zone coverage.  Monken essentially laid waste to the ‘Cocks’ zone defense.

Gotta like Bill’s quick verdict, too.

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“Y’all got me talking crazy to Phil.”

Another classic from Coach 30:

Last line’s a killer, as usual.

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A study in garnet

Trust me, if you liked that David Hale clip I just posted, you’re gonna love the entirety of this Washington Post story.

Were they connoisseurs, they would have stayed to witness some of the smartest, most beautiful college football played anyplace in any year: that of the moment of No. 1 Georgia, whose apparent 48-0 win became officially 48-7 with 53 seconds left on a South Carolina touchdown the conference should overrule on review — not because it wasn’t legit but because it didn’t fit.

“I feel like everyone is really taking their jobs seriously,” Georgia offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran said.

Yeah.

Eight months after the proud program got its first national title in 41 years, and five months after it sent a 15-man drove toward the NFL on draft weekend, the Bulldogs stand 3-0 and look really, really, really-really-really good. They’ve outscored Oregon, Samford and South Carolina 130-10. In an alleged road SEC game, the customary rooster call from the Gamecocks’ stadium public address on third down began to sound like a cry for help on the verge of strangulation.

And this:

Then the halftime exit came in thin but steady streams of Gamecocks garnet, out through the nearby parking lot past the tailgate porta-potties and over toward the RVs, out through the crosswalks and down the street near the BP and the sprawling building marked “Budweiser of Columbia,” out the other way toward Bojangles and Waffle House — out, out, out. The home majority of the 78,212 proved more football fans than football aesthetes, and by the third quarter, the six sections of bleachers behind the end zone, filled at the outset, had rough fan counts of 16, 40, 76, about 96, 46 and 17, while the sections around the bend from there boasted three, 17, 17, 24 and 51.

Pretty funny that he took the time to count.

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UPDATE:

I respect a man who shows his notes.

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A tale of two offensive lines

Yikes, ‘Cocks.

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