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The Gamecocks after a bye
If history in any indicator, fans can expect a strong performance from South Carolina following their open week.
In the last 10 years, the Gamecocks are 10-3 in games following byes. (Note: South Carolina had two open weeks in 2008, 2013 and 2014)
Before the Gamecocks’ 35-28 loss against Texas A&M last season, South Carolina was riding an eight-game, post-bye week winning streak. The streak’s notable victories include a 35-21 upset of No. 1 Alabama in 2010 and q23-20 overtime win against the Will Muschamp-led Florida Gators (his last game as Florida head coach).
Speaking of Muschamp, the Gamecocks’ head coach owns a 4-2 record in games following open dates. In his final season in Gainesville, Muschamp topped Tennessee 10-9 and Georgia 38-20 after the Gators’ two open dates.
An update on the quarterback situation
If the Gamecocks expect to start a new post-bye week winning streak, they’ll certainly need stronger play at the quarterback position.
Last week, South Carolina fans were abuzz with talk of freshman quarterback Jake Bentley getting the start against UMass. Muschamp provided a brief update on the position battle in his Sunday teleconference.
“If there is an alternative and you feel the alternative is going to help your football team right now, then you make that decision whether it’s a defensive end or receiver or quarterback, it doesn’t really matter,” Muschamp said. “There’s no question you are a better player at 22 than you are at 18. … But at the end of the day, you make a decision on what is best for the young man and the football team.”
The Gamecocks head coach is clearly a master in cryptic coach speak.
Count me among those in favor of playing Bentley. When your offense is in desperate need of a spark, why not start at the most important position?
In case you missed it
- The Big Spur reports South Carolina will miss three key players against UMass on Saturday.
- The State ranks the top 25 quarterbacks in USC history.
- Coach Muschamp on staying positive despite a 2-4 record, from Spurs & Feathers.
- Garnet & Black Attack asks if Rico Dowdle is the answer to the Gamecocks’ punchless offense.
- Gamecock Central breaks down coach Muschamp’s Sunday teleconference.
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) October 17, 2016
Behind enemy lines: UMass
- UMass ranks No. 118 in scoring offense with 19.7 points per game. South Carolina is ranked last (No. 128), posting just 14.0 points per game.
- The Minutemen lost to the Gators 25-7 in Gainesville in Week 1. UMass trailed just 10-7 entering the fourth quarter.
- Louisiana Tech wideout Carlos Henderson torched the Minutemen defense for more than 300 yards, 5 touchdowns.
- What do UMass fans think of South Carolina being favored by 21 points?
“SC is a 21 point favorite despite the fact they haven’t scored that many points all year. Lol, we are the biggest joke in college football. Thanks Whip!!!”
The non-rev report
- The No. 2 South Carolina women’s soccer team topped No. 17 Florida 1-0 on Sunday.
- The men’s soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to eight matches on Saturday with a 1-0 victory against UAB.
- In men’s tennis, Gabriel Friedrich and Thomas Mayronne advanced to the ITA semifinals. The two teammates will play each other Monday.
- The South Carolina volleyball team snapped its four-match skid on Sunday with a win at LSU.
- The No. 24 women’s golf team finished in the top 5 at the Tar Heel Invitational.
That’s a lot of points …
South Carolina a 21.5 point favorite over UMass, per @WynnLasVegas
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) October 16, 2016
Cocky turned 36 Sunday!
— Ellen Johnson (@EMoney_Johnson) October 17, 2016
On the talk that Jake Bentley would leave USC early for the NFL. And he hasn’t even played in a game yet!
If you think Jake Bentley is leaving after 3 years, then you know little about Jake & nothing about what his focus in life is on. #Gamecocks
— Rob Proffitt (@BreakinDownFilm) October 17, 2016
Gamecocks in the pros
- Linebacker Melvin Ingram (San Diego) helped lead the Chargers to a 21-13 win over the division-rival Broncos on Thursday night with his 6 tackles, including 1 tackle for loss.
- Alshon Jeffery (Chicago) was second on his team in receiving yards Sunday with 7 catches for 93 yards.
- Jadeveon Clowney (Houston), the NFL’s leader in tackles for loss, continued to create highlights on Sunday night.
You still can't leave Clowney unblocked and try to run away from him. Too fast. pic.twitter.com/4pF80Ogz6Y
— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) October 17, 2016
Gamecocks World Champ
Down goes Mike Colter! Down goes Luke Cage! The actor and South Carolina alum drops the strap to the Gamecocks men’s and women’s soccer teams.
— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) October 16, 2016