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So, you’re saying there’s a chance
Mathematically speaking, the Gamecocks have a shot to make it to Atlanta as the SEC East representative. A 2.9 precent shot, to be specific.
247Sports’ Connor Tapp took a detailed look at everything that has to happen in order for the Gamecocks to make it to the SEC Championship Game:
To put a rosier spin on it, the things outside of the Gamecocks’ control have a 20.5 percent chance of happening. So, if USC can take care of its own business against Florida, it’ll have a slightly better than one-in-five chance of going to Atlanta. There isn’t a Gamecocks fan on the planet who wouldn’t have taken those odds a month ago.
There are a lot of ifs, and it doesn’t help that many of the circumstances are out of South Carolina’s control. But to be in the hunt for the SEC East crown in November must be more than most USC fans hoped in 2016.
Keep it in perspective
As exciting as it is to be in SEC East conversation, I’d hate to see losing out on the division title put a damper on an otherwise spectacular season.
Coming off a 3-9 campaign and starting 2016 2-4, the Gamecocks have already exceeded many fan and media expectations with their 5-4 record.
Lose on the road to Florida and Clemson and beat Western Carolina, at 6-6 in the regular season and heading to a bowl, South Carolina will have wrapped up a successful campaign.
If the Gamecocks pull off an upset against the Gators and somehow find themselves in the Georgia Dome, 2016 will go down as one of the most spectacular seasons in USC football history.
— GABAttack (@GABAttack) November 7, 2016
My plea to you: Don’t lower your expectations but enjoy the ride. Everything from here on out is gravy, as far as I’m concerned.
Another honor for Bentley
Not one to let his fellow freshman (RB Rico Dowdle) have more than 24 hours in the spotlight, South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley was back in the headlines on Monday.
The Gamecocks’ freshman quarterback was named SEC Freshman of the Week for his solid outing against Missouri on Saturday — going 22 of 28 for 254 yards and 2 TDs.
Jake Bentley earned SEC freshman of the week honors https://t.co/KQG17jTHmp
— Mike Wilson (@MikeWilsonAJC) November 7, 2016
In case you missed it
- OL Donnell Stanley could return on Saturday against the Gators.
- The State has its report card from the Missouri game.
- Muschamp holds ‘no grudge’ as Florida looms.
- The Rubber Chickens offer up their snap judgements from Saturday.
- A look at how QB Jake Bentley stayed turnover-free, from The Post and Courier.
- Pro Football Focus breaks down why South Carolina fans should be excited about Bentley.
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) November 7, 2016
The nonrev report
— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) November 7, 2016
- For the first time in program history, the women’s soccer team is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The No.1-seeded Gamecocks will take on Alabama State in Columbia on Friday night.
- From men’s soccer, striker Bjorn Gudjonsson was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week.
- Men’s soccer moved up to No. 25 in the latest RPI standings.
- South Carolina’s women’s volleyball team swept Georgia 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
WR Bryan Edwards’ Blue Steel. In gif form.
when your counter-roast gets 10x the RTs pic.twitter.com/VHV5odae9Q
— jorhay (@jorhay) November 7, 2016
We have the most photogenic wide receivers I’ve ever seen.
Done Sparring Y'all ? pic.twitter.com/Cc0rc3ha2l
— CapTainUno‼️ (@Uno_Captain) November 6, 2016
TE K.C. Crosby’s knack for the end zone is visible from the NFL.
I need a Kc Crosby jersey ??
— A-ARON (@AJCann60) November 5, 2016
Oh, the irony.
Quarterback envy in Gainesville: pic.twitter.com/iLdAPOiAjv
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 7, 2016
Top 5 candidates for Gamecocks’ president
- Marcus Lattimore: He led the Gamecocks to their lone SEC East title as a freshman in 2010. The man will hold this spot for a long time.
- Jake Bentley: Duh.
- The women’s soccer team: No. 1 in the tourney, No. 3 on your ballot. And reigning Gamecocks World Champ.
- Boom Box Guy: Unfamiliar with his work? Check out the piece USA Today (!) penned on him.
- Gamecock Jesus: Forever on the ballot.
Carlton Thompson, aka Gamecock Jesus: 'I'm just trying to share the enthusiasm that I have.' https://t.co/UHpniIMlov
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) March 14, 2015