Let’s lighten the mood this morning.
Two straight losses, and three overall, have trampled on the spirits around here pretty badly, so today we’re going to focus on the positive. Or at least we are for the next 10 minutes.
South Carolina can still win the SEC East, after all, so let’s figure out what that would look like.
The Gamecocks may not even have to win out to do it considering the state of the SEC East this season, but let’s only worry about that scenario for now because I’m not sure my limited math skills can figure out all the possibilities for a bunch of 4-4 teams being tied atop the division at the season’s end. So, we’ll assume for this morning’s argument that South Carolina will beat No. 2 Auburn on the road, Tennessee at home and Florida on the road.
That would leave the Gamecocks at 5-3, and a 5-3 team could win it. South Carolina, in fact, was 5-3 in the league the only time it won the division.
Missouri (1-0), Florida (2-1), Georgia (2-1) and Kentucky (2-1) all are at least two games out in front of the Gamecocks in the division right now, and South Carolina has played all but one of those teams, which is the bad news. The good news is the win over Georgia. For starters, South Carolina fans need to root for Georgia to win the rest of its Eastern Division games because the Gamecocks own the tiebreaker there and need Missouri, Kentucky and Florida (all of whom remain on the Bulldogs’ schedule) all to lose.
From there, it’s root, root, root for the Western division teams. The Bulldogs still must play Arkansas and Auburn. That’s two very losable games. So, say Georgia wins out in the East and loses to the Razorbacks and Tigers. That’s a 5-3 finish with a loss to the Gamecocks. If South Carolina can get into a two-way tie with the Bulldogs at the end of the year, the Gamecocks will go to Atlanta.
Missouri plays Texas A&M and Arkansas from the West, Florida still must play LSU and Kentucky plays LSU on the road and Mississippi State. The West could sweep those games and nobody would be surprised.
Around the SEC:
Florida seems to be coming apart at the seams at this point. Now two teammates are fighting over missing shoes, and the police are taking reports.
Alabama can’t hold onto the football, and it’s puzzling to Nick Saban.
Georgia is going to start getting its freshman quarterback into the game this year, but the Bulldogs aren’t calling it a rotation yet.
You might want to skip over this story, which talks about Kentucky’s Jojo Kemp basking in the spotlight of his performance against the Gamecocks on Saturday.