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Recipe for an Upset
If you’re a longtime South Carolina fan, you know there are two things that are certain every football season:
- A head-scratching loss
- An upset victory
More than halfway through the 2016 campaign, it seems like the Gamecocks got the confounding loss out of their system (hello, Kentucky). So that leaves us with the signature upset win — a calling card of Steve Spurrier’s early teams at USC.
Some of my favorite surprise wins in recent years: Florida in 2005, Kentucky in 2007 (seriously, this was a big win), Ole Miss in 2009, Alabama in 2010, Georgia in 2012, Georgia again in 2014 and um, North Carolina in 2015?
Despite their four losses, the Gamecocks have yet to be totally blown out and humiliated this season. As a USC fan, you’re either waiting for the other shoe to drop or looking at Saturday as a golden opportunity to steal a win.
A night game at Williams-Brice. A worn out and injured Tennessee team (one that might not have much to play for if Florida beats Georgia Saturday afternoon). The Gamecocks pegged as a two-touchdown home underdog in Las Vegas.
It’s either the recipe for an upset or another soul-crushing defeat at the hands of Josh Dobbs.
Work Like a Captain, Play Like a Pirate
Born 3 months premature, @captain_41 is no stranger to overcoming adversity.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) October 25, 2016
One of my favorite Gamecocks of all time, Captain Munnerlyn, was featured in a profile from the Minnesota Vikings.
Undersized and lightly recruited, Munnerlyn arrived to Columbia in 2006 and made an immediate impact.
The Mobile, Ala. native started five games as a true freshman and never slowed down — going on to earn All-SEC honors as a sophomore and ultimately opting to turn pro after his junior campaign.
Despite being drafted by my least favorite team in the NFL (Carolina Panthers), Munnerlyn maintained his position among my South Carolina (Spurrier-era) Mt. Rushmore.
As a seventh-round draft pick in 2009, the odds were against the former USC cornerback making the Panthers’ 53-man roster. Not only did Munnerlyn make it, he went on to become a mainstay in Charlotte for the next five years.
Munnerlyn earned himself a much-deserved free-agent deal in 2014 and has been with the Vikings ever since.
From fumble recoveries to end-zone interceptions, Munnerlyn had a nose for the ball during his time with the Gamecocks. The 2006-2008 seasons were forgettable ones, the shine of Spurrier’s arrival had worn off and the glory days of 2010-2013 were yet to come, but Munnerlyn’s outstanding play on some less-than-stellar teams still commands respect.
Plus, he had this tremendous interception return in my favorite South Carolina game of all-time, No. 11 USC vs. No. 8 UK on a Thursday night in 2007 …
In Case You Missed It
- Notes from coach Will Muschamp’s news conference on Tuesday.
- The Gamecocks are looking for a more balanced offense, according to The Big Spur.
- Gamecock Central charts Jake Bentley’s performance from Saturday.
- Gamecocks practice to ‘Rocky Top’ during Tuesday’s Tennessee prep.
- A.J. Turner and Jonathan Walton are expected to play against the Vols.
- The Post and Courier asks, can two USC QBs coexist?
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) October 25, 2016
- Locked on the Gamecocks returned this week with a breakdown of the defense’s questionable performance against UMass. And something about that Jake Bentley guy.
- TRC Unleashed released their much-anticipated 91st episode — after my relentless prodding on Twitter. Buck, G-man and T-bone discuss South Carolina’s two-QB system, the running back depth chart and some well-manicured #sources.
- Gamecock Central Radio analyzes Will Muschamp’s latest news conference and previews the game against Tennessee.
USC guard Sindarius Thornwell finds himself among College Basketball Talk’s Top 100 players list.
— CollegeBasketbllTalk (@CBTonNBC) October 25, 2016
Thornwell’s leadership and backcourt play will be counted on this season if the Gamecocks are to outplay their projected eighth-place finish in the SEC.
The Lancaster, S.C., native averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 34 games last season, helping him earn SEC All-Defensive Team honors.
A consensus 4-star prospect in the 2013 cycle, Thornwell was one of the first nationally ranked recruits brought to Columbia by coach Frank Martin. As he enters his final year in the program, the senior has a chance to lead the Gamecocks to the Big Dance for the first time since 2004.
The Non-Rev Report
- Academic excellence is part of the culture for Gamecocks cross country.
- Senior Megan Kirkland reflects on her role as one of the women’s volleyball team’s leaders.
- The No. 25-ranked men’s soccer team hosts C-USA foe and No. 8 Charlotte at Stone Stadium on Wednesday night.
— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) October 25, 2016
Sooooo, go Indians?
— Gamecock Sports TV (@GamecockTV) October 26, 2016
This is why rally towels in the student section might not be the best idea.
— The Daily Gamecock (@thegamecock) October 26, 2016
Agree here. It’s a catchy tune.
"I don’t enjoy listening to that song at all. I hate it, but it’s catchy though.” https://t.co/95h7uXcuax
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilsonAJC) October 25, 2016
Preview of what’s to come on Saturday night?
Last time SC hosted UGA in a night game Todd Gurley called it craziest environment. Herbstreit called it scariest. pic.twitter.com/FT6wdCsmus
— Atlanta Sports Guy (@Atlantasportguy) September 26, 2016