Throughout the week, I’ve felt like I’m writing the same stories from a week ago and a week before that.
We work really hard to give you a good variety of stuff to read, but when it comes to the daily news of the team, beat writers are left to write pretty much what the coaches say and the coaches’ tune hasn’t changed much since the first week of the season.
The secondary has to get better.
Can’t tell you why the passing game isn’t sharper.
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We’ve got to start playing like the team we think we can be.
The season is beginning to feel a little bit like the movie "Groundhog Day." Is this the week South Carolina breaks out of its rut?
(Not that 3-0 is a bad rut to be in. If you got to pick your rut, that wouldn’t be a bad choice.)
I am basically a stubborn guy. I thought before the season that South Carolina was going to be pretty good with a chance to be very good. They haven’t reached that pretty good plateau yet, but, as I mentioned, I’m stubborn, so I’m holding onto the belief that I was right all along and the Gamecocks will start to look crisper soon.
The Vanderbilt game, for me, is the final test. There have plenty of built-in, and legitimate, explanations for the herky jerky nature of the first three games. South Carolina played two unorthodox offenses and one pretty good opponent on the road.
All that is finished. The Commodores will throw in some silly formations and trick plays, but this is basically the kind of team the Gamecocks will play the rest of the year. It’s time for them to figure some things out.
I think they will in the form of a 25-17 victory.