What they’re saying: Media picks for South Carolina vs. Mizzou
I’ve already talked at length about the prospect of a letdown against Mizzou this weekend. It would be just like South Carolina, to be completely honest.
It makes me feel a little bit better hearing Muschamp preach focus and the danger of complacency, but I’m still nervous.
My skepticism of the Gamecocks doesn’t seem to be shared by the media this week.
Chip Patterson from CBS Sports is mindful of a flat performance from the Gamecocks, but confident they’ll pull out the win:
Missouri’s not a good football team right now, and while South Carolina might be ripe for a letdown after last week’s upset win against the Vols, it’s still a more confident pick than talking myself into the Tigers.
ESPN SEC bloggers are in agreement this week, with all five picking the Gamecocks.
College Football News does an excellent job summarizing my worries about the game — though it ultimately picks the Gamecocks 27-23:
The South Carolina defense has been great at keeping scores down by owning field position and shockingly dominating in the red zone – this D will do a whole lot of bending, though. It’s not going to be a thing of beauty, but the Gamecocks will be able to run effectively for one of the few times this year; once again, the defense will hold its own when it has to.
My take: I think the Gamecocks will pull out the W, but the 7-point line scares me. Give me South Carolina 23-18.
Prepping for Mizzou’s defense
With Mizzou sporting a new-look defense under new head coach Barry Odom, Will Muschamp is forced to watch older video to prepare for the game on Saturday.
“Those are things you’ve kind of got to go through as a coach and vet out as far as the films when (Odom) called the games,” Muschamp said. “There’s always a little difference depending on who’s calling the game.”
Despite the bevy of injuries that have plagued the Tigers’ defensive unit, you know Odom will have his team prepared for a South Carolina offense that’s only recently been able to move the ball.
“But they’ve got some really talented players, and Charles Harris is as good a pass rusher as there is in our league. Aarion Penton is probably as good a cover guy as there is in our league. They’ve played really good defense at Missouri, and certainly will play well Saturday,” said Muschamp.
I can think of at least one player who didn’t have trouble with Mizzou’s defense …
In case you missed it
- Coach Muschamp provides injury updates during weekly radio show.
- From Gamecock Central, kicker Elliot Fry is on the verge of becoming USC’s all-time leading scorer.
- Garnet & Black Attack previews Mizzou with former South Carolina WR Moe Brown.
- The State on how USC’s ‘other freshman’ brings a new dimension to the offense.
- How Will Muschamp to South Carolina worked out for three SEC schools, according to ESPN.
- Coach Frank Martin met with the media on Thursday.
- Freshman TE Evan Hinson is splitting time with the Gamecocks basketball team.
- Both men’s and women’s teams have exhibition games on Sunday at Colonial Life Arena.
- ESPN tabbed women’s basketball’s Alaina Coates as its ninth-best player in the nation.
- A’ja Wilson was named to the AP Women’s Basketball Preseason All-America Team.
— NCAA Women's BKB (@ncaawbb) November 3, 2016
The nonrev report
- Women’s soccer will clash with the No. 15 Gators in the conference semifinals on Friday afternoon.
- Volleyball’s Megan Kirkland named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
- Men’s soccer takes on No. 12 Kentucky on Friday night.
— Gamecock M. Soccer (@GamecockMSoccer) November 3, 2016
Crazy improvement. Even more impressive when you realize it’s some players’ third defensive coordinator in three years.
Gamecocks are now #2 in the SEC in pass defense + #6 in overall defense. Muschamp is doing this with basically the same players as last year
— Will Stanifer (@WillStanifer) November 1, 2016
I spy a Cubs shirt … and Lorenzo Nunez!
Thursday night meal at the house with my USC family. Proud to be their coach#SpursUp#2016WRs pic.twitter.com/fyOfMve83R
— Bryan McClendon (@CoachBmac_) November 4, 2016
Gregg Marshall showing some love for the Gamecocks and Muschamp.
— Will Kunkel (@KWCHWill) November 3, 2016
— Gamecockology (@Gamecockology) November 3, 2016
In this week’s episode, the underdog Tigers (played here by Shelton Benjamin) attempt to stifle the Gamecocks (Chicken & Waffles’ favorite Shawn Michaels) and their comeback bid … only to catch some Sweet Chin Music (likely courtesy of D.J. Smith).