If you don’t think scoring 50 is important to Steve Spurrier, you haven’t been paying attention over the years.
Dating back to 1995, when Spurrier acknowledged he added a late score against Georgia because he wanted to be the first opposing team to score more than 50 in Sanford Stadium, it has been clear that the half a hundred threshold is important to the Ball Coach. After the Gamecocks beat Southern Miss 41-13, he said he was disappointed his team didn’t get to 50 that day.
Don’t look now, but this could be the day that Spurrier gets 50 against an SEC team for the first time as South Carolina’s coach.
The closest he has come is scoring 44 points against Kentucky in 2005. In fact, the last time a Spurrier-coached team scored 50 or more against an SEC team, the Gamecocks were the victim as Florida beat South Carolina 54-17 in 2001.
Kentucky’s defense is not good at all. The Wildcats give up 5.4 yards per play and are 91st in the country in scoring defense, allowing more than 30 points per game.
However, Kentucky’s offense is dynamite, and the Gamecocks defense, while defending the end zone well, gives up 5.5 yards per play. So, just because South Carolina might score a lot of points doesn’t mean it will get a blowout win.
I expect both teams to light up the scoreboard, but think the Gamecocks come out on top.
And you can bet Spurrier will take his cracks at 50 if he gets the chance.
My guess? He doesn’t get there, but the Gamecocks come home a winner regardless – 42-31.