One of the great things about being on this side of the college football fence is we can overlook teams.
South Carolina’s players and coaches must focus on South Alabama this week, not only because the Jaguars could beat this Gamecocks team if they don’t but also because it’s the sport’s mantra – One Week At A Time. And that’s the right approach, teams that start looking down the road tend to get run over where they are.
We, though, are not bound by any such responsibility. We can all start getting ready for Clemson Week, and we don’t have to let anybody make us feel bad about it. This morning the principal at my son’s elementary school (a diehard Gamecocks fan) updated me on Deshaun Watson’s knee injury and expressed confidence the Tigers’ hotshot freshman quarterback would be ready for next week’s game against South Carolina. She also expressed confidence the Gamecocks still will win, exhibiting a faith born of five-game winning streaks.
(Here’sthe latest on Watson
South Carolina’s season was sunk with four minutes left in the Florida game. Steve Spurrier was going to be 2-6 in the SEC, the worst conference record of his 25 years in college coaching. The Gamecocks might not have recovered from that one.
Instead, the Gators imploded so badly they fired their coach the next morning and South Carolina fans finally remember what hope feels like. Now, it all comes down to the Clemson game. The Gamecocks can still finish 8-5 this year, which a week ago seemed like a pipe dream. South Carolina must worry about South Alabama this week, but the rest of us can starting talking about the Tigers.
Around the SEC
Todd Gurley’sknee injury will cost him
a lot of money. This is why you see running backs leaving college football early en masse, and it’s why Gurley probably should haven’t come back to college football for selfish reasons. The Bulldogs do have a very good insurance policy for Gurley, which will help.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is likely to remain quiet about Florida’s coaching search.If he’s smart he will at least
. My hunch at the moment is that Mullen does not get the Gators job. Just a hunch though.
Sowho will be Florida’s next coach?
Here’s the dart board list.
This is your daily reminder (and tell all your friends
): if you harass a college athlete on social media, particularly to this level, you need to seek professional mental help and get a hold of your own life.
Nobody is noticing much, butthe Tennessee freshman defensive end
who tore up South Carolina is having a heck of a season. This weekend, he broke Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman sack record.
Texas A&M and Texascould meet in a bowl game
All that criticism that Lorenzo Ward was facing last week? It’s all moved over anddropped on Ellis Johnson’s head
. Johnson is handling it in typical Ellis fashion, too.
“I've got an old buddy that sent me something the other day that said: 'All southern men know how to win a NASCAR race and coach football,’” Johnson said. “I've been coaching for 40 years. I've coached at a lot of different places, and everybody doesn't (have to) like me. It's just part of the business. If it bothered me, I wouldn't still be coaching after 40 years. I can understand some of it. We're frustrated. Players are frustrated. Obviously fans are frustrated."