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That’s how many yards Tennessee gained last year in a 38-35 loss to South Carolina last October.
Why does that matter? Jim Chaney.
Chaney was Tennessee’s offensive coordinator last season and is Arkansas offensive coordinator this season.
“We’re out there trudging around, trying to get a little bit better at some of the things we're doing,” Chaney said Tuesday after the Razorbacks finished practice. “South Carolina is a very fine defense. Lorenzo does a very fine job over there with their defense. They're always tough. They play good football up front. They're sound in the back half and they're very, very physical. So I think I just described an SEC defense. They personify that. They're very good.”
Even if Chaney really believes that last sentence, then he would admit that South Carolina’s defense is not as good as it was last year. The Gamecocks were fourth in the SEC in scoring defense, allowing 18.2 points per game. This year, they are 10th, allowing 25.8 points per game.
Does that mean Chaney is licking his chops? Not necessarily. For starters, he doesn’t have the offensive line he had last year at Tennessee. In fact, the Razorbacks offensive line hasn’t been that good at all this year, and Arkansas is 12th in the SEC in total offense, averaging 391 yards per game.
In fact, Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has talked about his team simplifying its protections after getting roughed up by Florida last week.
“Coach makes a very valid point. We had mental mistakes that led to some hits on the quarterback,” Chaney said. “We never want that. We hadn't had that going into that ball game and we had some that took place in that ball game. We also had some we got beat on. So, I don't know. We evaluate every game and try to clean things up. There's fleas that show up in every game. You try to put those fires out and move on to the next one. Obviously we had some mistakes in protections and we're trying to figure those out.”
South Carolina fans need to hope he doesn’t already have the Gamecocks figured out.
Around the SEC:
Tons ofoffensive records could be broken
in the SEC this season, including the 1996 Florida Gators record for scoring. Texas A&M, Missouri and LSU are all within striking ranger of Steve Spurrier’s unit, which averaged 46.6 points per game.
Here’sa short primer on Missouri
, the team South Carolina fans hope is good enough to beat Georgia this weekend but not good enough to beat the Gamecocks in three weeks.