Josh Kendall

November 19, 2013

Kendall's Morning Meeting: Gamecocks' big game not in Columbia this week

Steve Spurrier won't like us saying it, but there's plenty of reason for South Carolina fans to keep an eye on the Ole Miss-Missouri game, where Gary Pinkel will welcome back quarterback James Franklin.

Josh Kendall

News and views about Gamecocks football

    A word of warning: Steve Spurrier will not be happy with any of us for this, but we’re going to do it anyway.

    Spurrier chided a reporter after the Florida game for suggesting the Gamecocks might be able to blow out the Gators (not an unreasonable assumption by the way) and told all the reporters that if they wanted to “help the Gamecocks” they would write very nice things about South Carolina’s opponents. So, no disrespect to Coastal Carolina here (wink, wink), but we’re not going to talk about the Gamecocks’ game in this space today.

    We’re going to look in at what’s going on in the other Columbia and in Oxford, Miss., where Missouri will play Ole Miss. Why does that matter? Because if the Rebels beat the Tigers, South Carolina can start planning its itinerary for the SEC championship game in Atlanta.

    The biggest news is that Missouri quarterback James Franklin is back. The senior who led the Tigers to an undefeated record before missing the last four starts with a shoulder injury will start against Ole Miss.
    “That’s really good for his timing to get back in there,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “He looks really good. He’s excited about getting back. The team’s excited about having him back.”
    The Tigers will be the fourth Top 10 team Ole Miss has played this season. It is 3-1 in those games.

    “It’s a huge week for us,” quarterback Bo Wallace said. “We get to see how good we really are. We have some games that we didn’t play as well in that we feel like we could have been in, but this is our redemption game.”
    The Gamecocks certainly hope so.
    Around the SEC:
    Are college football games too long? Football fans across the SEC who duck out in the second half seem to think so, and so does this columnist in Texas.
    Is Tennessee-Vanderbilt a rivalry? Commodores coach James Franklin says no.
    Have you seen what’s going on at quarterback for Mississippi State? It’s not pretty as both Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell are questionable heading into the Arkansas game.

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