After bad loss against Kentucky and a rough one point victory over LA Tech, South Carolina fans couldn’t help but reminisce on the glorious two weeks at the beginning of the season when they thought their team might be alright. “I’ll always remember watching College Gameday after week one and that Kurt Herbie fella said ‘Could South Carolina be a sleeper team in the East?’ and I almost fell out of my chair,” said longtime Gamecock fan Jeeter Sockton. “Now we’re lucky if Paul Finebaum even remembers who we play this week.”
Things looked promising for the Gamecocks at the beginning with big wins over NC State and Missouri, but then head coach Will Muschamp found his groove and South Carolina got beat by Kentucky and looked awful against LA Tech. “I was worried that our season was going a different direction than what our fans expected,” said Muschamp. “So we used that Kentucky game to let everyone know we are right on track.”
From here, Muschamp plans to lose about four or five more games and play just good enough in their December bowl game that fans can’ be too upset. “We don’t want to rock the boat by doing anything crazy like winning SEC games. We’ll just float along, beat Missouri once a year and be just fine.”
Each week, we will take the five best SEC games and tell you what you need to know about them. Whether it’s a coach on the hot seat (Butch Jones) or the name of someone who we all will be making fun of next week (probably also Butch Jones), this preview will keep you covered. We’ll also give you a prediction of one thing you can guarantee will happen.
Alabama vs FSU
Nick Saban hasn’t eaten solid food since he lost the National Championship game, choosing to only slurp his sustenance through a straw to stay focused. A loss here would result in a two game losing streak for the Tide and a serious existential crisis for those in and around Tuscaloosa. If you thought tensions in the South were high already, wait until there’s a reason to question Alabama football. For the sake of the tranquility of our nation, we all must root for Bama to win this game. Prediction: An Alabama kicker will most definitely get booed off the field at some point
Florida vs Michigan
Florida enters their season opener against Michigan with an incredibly talented group of suspended players. The rest of their team is pretty alright. The Gators will start Feleipe Franks at quarterback, but it remains to be seen which Big 10 backup transfer will be starting for them by the end of the year. Expect a lot of exciting plays from this game – as long as your definition of exciting is drag routes and safe throws out of bounds. Prediction: Any interaction between McElwain and Harbaugh will be the most uncomfortable thing you’ve ever witnessed
Tennessee vs Ga Tech
Defending champion* Tennessee comes into this game with a lot to prove. Many in the media are picking Georgia or Florida to win the East simply because both those teams have vastly superior players and coaches. But the Volunteers have defied expectations in the past (when the expectations were good), so why not again? Tech’s triple-option attack will give Tennessee a lot to prepare for, but if any coach can get his team prepared it’s Butch…oh they’re screwed. Prediction: Rocky Top will be played so much that it will begin to sound sarcastic
South Carolina vs NC State
It’s the neutral-site game that everyone forgot about. Things actually went pretty ok for Will Muschamp at South Carolina last year, which can only mean that something horrible is about to happen. The best news for Gamecock fans is that they have a young quarterback they can be confident in, and with Muschamp’s long history of developing promising young QBs, what can go wrong? Look for Muschamp to fully explore the boundaries of the strict coaching conduct penalty rules this year. Prediction: Jake Bentley will begin to consider his transfer option by the third quarter
Texas A&M vs UCLA
Both of these coaches are on such thin ice that you might as well play this game on the polar caps after centuries of mass carbon pollution. Instead, it will be played at UCLA’s home field, the Rose Bowl. So the best advice for A&M fans is to really soak it in and take a good look because, you know, it’ll probably be awhile. On the bright side, it should be fun for A&M fans to see a bunch of former quarterback commits shining at other programs throughout the country this season. This game is on Sunday so prepare to watch this one hungover while complaining about the field being too bright. Prediction: Even after watching the game you won’t be able to name one player on UCLA other than Josh Rosen.