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Hey, they’ve got tendencies, too.

From Jake Rowe’s South Carolina preview:

South Carolina’s Offense

Tendencies

1st Down: The Gamecocks are run-heavy on first down but not as much as they have been in the past under Spurrier. They have run it 63 percent of the time in that situation this season.

2nd Down: Looking at the overall second down tendency for South Carolina, it likes to run the ball more on second down than first down. The Gamecocks have gone to the ground 64 percent of the time when looking at all second down plays. Most of those runs have come in second and short and second and medium situations.

3rd Down: South Carolina has run it 75 percent of the time on third and short but it has been pretty balanced on third and medium. In situations of third down and seven yards or more, the Gamecocks have put it in the air 80 percent of the time.

South Carolina’s Defense

Tendencies

1st Down: The Gamecocks don’t waste much time trying to make something happen defensively. Expect a slant or stunt from the defensive line on this down. Especially when you consider how run-heavy UGA is on first down.

2nd Down: Whether it’s short yardage or a passing situation, South Carolina likes to come with an edge pressure of some sort on second down. It allows the Gamecocks to stunt up front and creatively fit in run lanes with the goal of creating negative plays.

3rd Down: South Carolina has shown the ability to go ultra conservative on third down or very aggressive. In medium yardage situations expect the Gamecocks to be a little more conservative. They’ll be more aggressive in third and long with overload pressures and delayed blitzes from the inside.

Sounds like there’s gonna be a passel of running Saturday night. This may turn out to be your daddy’s Georgia-South Carolina game.

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A big ass number

You may have noticed Georgia is a rather sizeable favorite this Saturday.  Historically speaking, that’s both good news and bad.

For South Carolina, being an underdog this large is relatively uncharted territory. Last season, the Gamecocks were two-touchdown underdogs at Auburn, but before that game, the last time they were catching double-digits on the road was 2009 against Alabama! Overall, Spurrier has been a double-digit road underdog eight times in his tenure at Columbia. He is 6-2 against the number… Georgia fans, lest you worry too much about a Gamecock win, while he is 6-2 versus the spread as a double-digit road underdog, Spurrier’s teams have won outright just once.

Like I said, I’ll be more than satisfied with a one-point win against the ‘Cocks.  ‘Course, if the Dawgs want to cover, it’s not like I’ll complain.

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Gentlemen, place your bets.

Georgia opens as a 15.5-point favorite against South Carolina.

Easy money not to cover, right?

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For sure, Georgia’s gonna get his best shot.

Is it safe to presume that thought was on the mind of every Dawg fan who watched South Carolina’s play last night?

Between the Coxian brain farts from North Carolina’s Marquise “I knew better than to do that” Williams, who managed two end zone interceptions, and Larry Fedora’s Mike Bobo impersonation by choosing to throw the ball on his team’s last scoring drive instead of using a running back who was blowing up the Gamecock defense (“I have to go back and look at the calls of what we were doing down there” – gee, you think?), North Carolina was just generous enough to let Spurrier’s team escape with a win.

“We’re not strutting out of here like we’re hot stuff, that’s for sure,” Spurrier said.

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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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