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The Official aGCb Gamecock Football Preview

August 20, 2008

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It’s been requested, requested again, and after much anticipation, here is the official prediction for the Carolina Gamecocks and the SEC. A post will follow with predictions for the Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, VT Hokies, and possibly UVA if there’s time. Here’s my pick for the Gamecocks.

Best Case Scenario: 10-2 (and a bowl game)

Tommy Beecher plays well in the season opener against NC State and is able to get the job done all season.

Worst Case Scenario: 6-6 (and no bowl game)

No QB emerges, and the entire season is spent with the Gamecocks having their stellar defense being exhausted at the end of games because of no offensive production, leading to blown leads and further heartbreak for fans.

Why the big difference?

Two huge factors: QB play and RB play. These two huge positions are the question marks coming in for the season. Tommy Beecher is a complete wildcard, and while the two backups (Smelley and Garcia) were highly rated recruits, neither has really stood out.

The same goes with the RBs. Mike Davis is a good back, but no Cory Boyd. There’s some young talent, but again no playmaker has emerged.

My (slightly optimistic) pick: 9-3

The team is as talented as ever. The Defense will be one of the best in the SEC and nation with strong young talent and many returning starters. The O-Line is good for the first time since Spurrier has been there. The receiving corps is strong with Kenny McKinley back. The big question marks are QB and RB. I’m predicting for the RB’s to be decent: Mike Davis can do well with a better O-Line and younger players like Brian Maddox will surprise. I think that Spurrier can work out the QB situation to do a good job as well, and do believe that Beecher will get the job done (I really hope I don’t regret writing that after week 1).

Game-by-game picks:

vs. NC State ………………..Win (State can’t stop the Gamecock’s Def. rush)
at Vanderbilt ……………….Win (Payback – big time)

vs. Georgia ………………….Loss (Definite possibility for an upset though)
vs. Wofford ………………….Win (a no-win situation, but Gamecocks win big)
vs. UAB ………………………Win (ditto)
at Mississippi ………………Win (a game the Gamecocks could realistically drop)
at Kentucky ………………..Win
(Spurrier always gets it done vs. UK)
vs. LSU ……………………….Loss (LSU is just too talented)
vs. Tennessee ……………..Win (USC pays back for last year’s OT loss)
vs. Arkansas ……………….Win (Welcome to the SEC, Bobby)

at Florida …………………….Loss (Thinking a/b ’06 in the Swamp makes me sick)
at Clemson …………………..Win (Clemson loses 3 games – 2 to SEC teams)

SEC Picks:

East:

1. Florida

2. Carolina

3. Georgia

4. Tennessee

5. Kentucky

6. Vanderbilt

West:

1. Auburn

2. LSU

3. Alabama

4. Arkansas

5. Miss State

6. Ole Miss

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthew permalink
    August 21, 2008 10:05 am

    you would…i love you dude

  2. Bert permalink
    August 21, 2008 12:12 pm

    Are you kidding me?! How the dump do you figure UGA finishing third in the East — and that behind usc? (USC = So Cal; usc = South Cackalacky)

    If you have any integrity you will defend yourself…

    Go Dogs. Go SEC. Go away Spurrier.

  3. August 21, 2008 5:15 pm

    Bert-

    I appreciate your concern, especially in the light of the fact that the USC Gamecocks beat UGA last year (in Athens). I have the Bulldogs third in the east because I think they’re overrated and are going to lose as many as 3 or 4 SEC games (especially when looking at their schedule). Obviously they’re talented, but their off-season issues reveal a lack of focus and poor priorities.

    I may be eating my words later, but somebody’s got to make a bold prediction around here! Plus, I hoped I’d upset both you and Patrick in my preseason picks.

  4. Matthew permalink
    August 22, 2008 11:05 am

    are you trying to prophesy or is this just fun prediction

  5. August 22, 2008 11:10 am

    This is going to happen – I guarantee it!

  6. August 22, 2008 4:30 pm

    I’ve posted a response. Enjoy.

    http://www.jpharmon.blogspot.com

  7. Sam Hill permalink
    August 22, 2008 9:17 pm

    As a gamecock fan, I apreciate your optomism. I think we are capable of finishing in the top two in the east, but as you said, our lack of consistancy always gets the best of us, and we really need to establish a starting QB.

  8. August 23, 2008 10:39 am

    Sam –

    Thanks for your comment. I think we’ll surprise this year (and I don’t think myself as being an unrealistic fan) considering the added depth at O-line. All of that depends on Beecher being able to be a stable presence at QB. We’ve got talent at the skill positions, but the offense rises or falls with the QB. Spurrier doesn’t seem to always need great talent to put together a great QB (see Shane Matthews), but instead an intelligent leader who is willing to buy into the system. If Beecher is that guy, we’re in for a great season. If not, it could get ugly…

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