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Don’t stop believin’.

The meme… IT’S ALIVE!

If South Carolina can upset Georgia on Sept. 8 at Williams-Brice Stadium, SEC Network host Peter Burns can say he called it early.

“I am picking South Carolina,” Burns told The State on Monday, the first day of SEC Media Days, which are being held this year at the College Football Hall of Fame. “Obviously, we are way too early and barring injuries and what not, I think that’s a win for South Carolina.”

The Gamecocks and Bulldogs will meet in the second week of the season at Williams-Brice Stadium in a game that will establish the early leader in the SEC Eastern Division. Georgia, the defending conference champion, is expected to be favored by Las Vegas and most analysts.

“When I heard (college football handicapper) Danny Sheridan’s comments about it was going to be two touchdowns, I laughed at that,” Burns said. “I can’t imagine that because (South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp) does such a good job. I don’t think Will has the defense he wants yet, but I think Will over the last two years has shown he knows where his deficiencies are, and he can mask those really well. To think that a Georgia team that may be more talented overall as a roster can come in there and whup South Carolina, I am not buying any of that.”

“… a Georgia team that may be more talented overall as a roster”.  “May”?  Seriously?

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Not one of those recruiting posts

In case you haven’t heard, Georgia picked up its eleventh commitment for the class of 2019, defensive lineman Zion Logue.  I don’t really have any interest in delving into the kid’s tapes, how he projects or anything else like that.  Instead, I’d like to turn your attention to what really gives me pleasure here:  how it burns, even if just in the short term, two other programs.

First, Logue is yet another kid from Tennessee spurning the home state Vols.  This apparently is being noticed.

Where are the in-state players?

Perhaps the question will be phrased more delicately, but Pruitt can expect to be asked in some fashion about his approach to recruiting talent from the Volunteer State.

The reason is simple. Only one of the 13 players committed to the Vols’ 2019 recruiting class is a high school senior in Tennessee, and the state’s top prospects in the class continue pledging to other schools.

Top prospects such as Nashville receiver Lance Wilhoite (Oregon), Murfreesboro cornerback Woodi Washington (Oklahoma), Nashville linebacker Kane Patterson (Ohio State) and Memphis running back Eric Gray (Michigan) have announced their commitments to other schools this month. Just one of the state’s top eight high school seniors remains uncommitted.

The Vols’ only in-state high school commitment is from Nashville offensive guard Jackson Lampley. Two other commitments in the class have ties to the state. East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Darel Middleton is originally from Oak Ridge, while IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) offensive lineman Chris Akporoghene previously played high school football in east Tennessee.

Not to worry, Urnge Nation.  Jeremy Pruitt has taken a page out of SOD’s recruiting manual (see “Dooleyland” in the Lexicon) and redefined geography.

Instead, their focus to this point has been on talent-rich Georgia. They have five commitments from the Peach State. Pruitt said during a Big Orange Caravan stop in Atlanta this summer that he considers the Atlanta area as “in state.”

Cool beans, man.  Does that mean we get to take your water… I mean, it’s really our water, amirite?

Meanwhile, even folks who swallowed the “Fulmer knew what he was doing when he hired Pruitt” line are getting a wee bit concerned.  Check out Rocky Top Talk’s reaction to Logue’s commitment.

Tonight he has committed to Georgia, meaning Tennessee has missed on yet another top prospect from inside its own borders. In recent weeks, the Vols have seen receiver Lance Wilhoite commit to Oregon, defensive back Woodi Washington commit to Oklahoma and linebacker Kane Patterson commit to Ohio State.

Tennessee currently holds just one commitment from an in-state player (two if you want to count Chris Akporoghene), coming from Jackson Lampley. That’s a trend that Jeremy Pruitt and his staff are going to have to fix quickly.

Unless Pruitt and company are planning on flipping a bunch of kids, that seems like a horse is already out of the barn suggestion.  Guess we’ll just have to settle for angst for the moment.

Meanwhile, this example of ‘Cock strutting (“It’s the middle of July and we are all in the same range of commitments and we are ahead of them. Pressure is all on them.”) is not aging well, as the Logue commitment bumps Georgia five spots ahead of South Carolina in the latest version of 247Sports’ recruiting ratings … and that’s with Kirby holding five less commitments than Boom.

Not to say it’ll last (who knows?), but it’s certainly good for a few shits and giggles for now.

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If you say it often enough…

Hey, looks like somebody’s got an official media narrative now!

Who becomes the popular SEC sleeper pick?

Every year some team gets dubbed as the popular sleeper pick to win the conference. Look for Mississippi State and South Carolina to get that buzz this week as national and local experts talk themselves into both teams’ superior quarterback play. The Bulldogs are a wild card with a new coach, Joe Moorhead, but Nick Fitzgerald gives them a big edge in what should be a weak SEC West outside of Alabama and Auburn. South Carolina has a star in the making in Jake Bentley and could finally get over the hump this year with Florida down and Georgia losing multiple key playmakers from last year’s run.  [Emphasis added.]

From former Gamecock players and message board pundits to regular media in a matter of days.  Georgia’s doomed, I tells ‘ya.  Doomed.

Which ESPN College GameDay talking head picks the ‘Cocks?

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A “cannon shot”

  • Year of the Gamecock (n.) – an era currently spanning the period from the second week of January to about the middle of the month of October for the years 1992-2010.

— from the GTP Lexicon

One of the great pleasures I took from the Lou Holtz era in Columbia was the sincere delusion that came upon the ‘Cock faithful like clockwork every preseason that this would be the year their beloved team would storm into Atlanta and seize an SEC title on the way to world dominance, as well as some converted safety playing quarterback going on to win the Heisman Trophy triumphantly.  Oh, the celebrations to come!

They never did.

Weirdly, that kind of talk simmered down during Spurrier’s run at South Carolina, even though he achieved more than Holtz and coached two players that were worthy of Heisman consideration without snickering.

Now it seems like Agent Muschamp, of all people, is inspiring a return to the good ‘ol days.  I mentioned Tori Gurley’s prediction on Finebaum the other day; check out this bravado from The Big Spur, a South Carolina message board.

UGA’s staff knows that the talent margin is closing, that we are no longer a team with a couple of nice pieces – that we are getting deep. Sandridge was a cannon shot. A championship playoff run, at a position of need, and we still get the commitment – regardless of what is being written about currently (and make no mistake, it isn’t a coincidence).

It has been a long time since we’ve been this deep. On the staff and on the roster. It’s the middle of July and we are all in the same range of commitments and we are ahead of them. Pressure is all on them.

The ‘Cocky talk, she burns.

If I’m lucky, these guys can take up a significant portion of the slack created when Stingtalk went dark on us.  A blogger can only hope.

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At least he didn’t predict Jake Bentley would win the Heisman.

Now that Finebaum’s got a new deal with ESPN (sigh), it looks like we get the old PAWWWLLL!!! back.

Yeah, I know, on one level, who really gives a shit what a former Gamecock thinks about his team’s chances against the Dawgs, but I do think a steady drumbeat of this kind of stuff makes Kirby’s job keeping his team on its toes going into its first conference game on the road easier.  Thanks, PAWWWLLL!

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Everybody’s got something to hide, ‘cept for me and my safety.

Scratch a South Carolina fan, and you’ll find someone who thinks the ‘Cocks have Georgia right where they want them in week two, ’cause, doncha know, Georgia’s got so much to replace and it’s early, etc.

Meanwhile, in Columbia

If they didn’t have to do it, they probably wouldn’t. Putting a guy who has to stretch to be 5-foot-8 at the last line of defense is asking for trouble.

But South Carolina’s coaches trust Jamyest Williams, just like they did during his recruitment when home-state Georgia swooped in with late coos and promises. Williams stayed committed, Will Muschamp had his first big-time recruit and Williams played well as a freshman last year, collecting 38 tackles and two interceptions while primarily playing nickel.

It’s a good spot for Williams, but the Gamecocks are desperately in need of experience after losing three starters in the secondary.

So Williams, who missed the Outback Bowl and all of spring practice recovering from shoulder surgery, will head to safety this year.

I know Williams is a talented kid.  I know Georgia recruited Williams hard, too.  But when sticking a 5’8″ kid at safety is a matter of necessity, well, let’s just say I expect Jim Chaney to do a fair amount of testing the Carolina secondary.

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Lock of the year

Man, this is confident.

Georgia is one of only seven college football programs with a 2018 regular-season win total of at least 10 at the South Point sports book, which posted numbers Monday on 129 teams.

Clemson leads the way with 11, followed by the Bulldogs, Alabama, Ohio State and Washington at 10½. Oklahoma and Boise State are at 10.

Despite the great expectations for Georgia, handicapper Brian Edwards expects South Carolina to easily cover the spread as a 14-point home underdog to the Bulldogs in Week 2. He also loves the Gamecocks to go over their win total of 7.

When the South Point posted lines on its college football games of the year Friday, it opened Georgia as an 11-point favorite in the Sept. 8 matchup at South Carolina.

“I thought Georgia would be 7, but my line is 4½. When I saw it at 11, I would be all over that if I was in line at the South Point in Vegas,” said Edwards, who is based in Florida. “Then it moved to 14. Are you kidding me? I think South Carolina has got a great chance to win that game. I’m calling for an upset.”

He goes on to say that the ‘Cocks only have one guaranteed loss on their schedule, at Clemson, and could be looking at a 10-2 regular season record.

For context, here’s a reminder of what some of the advanced stats gurus are projecting:

FPI also projects that Georgia has a 79.1% chance of winning in Columbia, which is slightly more favorable than the odds the Dawgs face against Missouri.

None of this is to say that South Carolina can’t win that game — hell, even FPI says there’s a one-in-five chance of that happening — but I simply don’t get Edwards’ level of confidence there.  The only things he cites in support are Jake Bentley being back, a big wide receiver and the usual “Muschamp is always going to have a solid defense and a great plan every Saturday”.  It’s funny, but those are all things Kirby Smart can match, in spades.

From where I sit months before the start of the season, Muschamp had better hope that going hurry up is going to pump some real life into an offense that managed only 24.5 points per game in conference play last season (not to mention only managed 43 rushing yards in Athens last year) and that his team wins the turnover margin battle.

Maybe all that happens, but maybe is a long way from “are you kidding me?”.

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