Josh Kendall

Kendall’s Morning Meeting: ‘Cartwheel’ teams struggling this season

gmelendez@thestate.com

The "cartwheel teams" are all struggling.

Remember during the preseason when South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier pointed out that Arkansas and Tennessee fans were doing cartwheels after their 7-6 seasons and then pointed out that his team ought to be doing the same thing.

At the moment, all the "cartwheel teams" would sign up for a 7-6 season with no questions asked. The Razorbacks, Volunteers and Gamecocks are all 2-3 overall.

"We are not the only team in America that’s 2-3," Spurrier said. "There’s a lot of them out there."

Arkansas is the only one of the three with an SEC win and that came against Tennessee on Saturday. The Volunteers and Gamecocks join Vanderbilt and Auburn as the only SEC teams without a conference team.

A loss to LSU would mean the first 0-4 SEC start for South Carolina since before Steve Spurrier began his career in Columbia in 2005. The No. 7 Tigers have been made 12.5-point favorites.

"They are a big, big physical team," Spurrier said. "They will present a challenge for us but hopefully we can give our payers a plan with a chance to be successful."

If the Gamecocks are successful, there will be more than cartwheels in the streets of Columbia.

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