Like Crash Davis, I’m a believer in streaks.
We’ll ask Steve Spurrier and as many South Carolina players as we can round up today what they think, and my guess is they will mostly say the Gamecocks’ five-game winning streak against the Tigers has no bearing on Saturday’s game. It’s what they should say.
It’s also not the truth in my opinion. Every ounce of pressure Saturday is on Clemson, and that’s thanks to South Carolina’s five-straight wins. Streaks start to get into the heads of players on both sides. The winning side feels like something good will happen at any minute. The losing side feels like disaster is just a play away.
The Gamecocks, obviously, won’t win against Clemson forever. At some point the Tigers will snap the streak, and that very well could be this week. However, until they do, they’ll be playing this game from behind a mental eight ball.
Around the SEC
Alabama’s players say they have moved on from last year’s “Kick Six.” That seems like a tough thing to move on from, but we’ll take them at their word.
Kentucky’s players say they are still committed to coach Mark Stoops. Remember when it looked like the Wildcats were on the upswing? Now they are looking like the Gamecocks’ worst loss of the season.
Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace is expected to play in the Egg Bowl despite a sprained ankle.
Hey look, Johnny Manziel found trouble again. Raise your hand if you’re shocked.
Will Muschamp keeps saying all the right things after being fired by Florida.