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The Feed Pail: August 26, 2014

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TFP:  2 x 4.

USA Today: Paul Myerberg reaches No. 4: South Carolina on his College Football Countdown. "South Carolina can win the national championship – and if it does so, few would be surprised." Talk like that is cheap until we show it on the field.

The Daily Gamecock: Sports editor Danny Garrison writes that the No. 2 QB spot still up for grabs and checks in on the Dixon brothers.  Plus Men's soccer prepares for season by Tanner Abel.

Sportstalksc: With A&M defense coming to town, Gamecock offense looking for big night.

Rant: South Carolina Gamecocks Hope to Make Early Statement.  Speculation about whether the HBC will run up the score is absurd; this game will be in doubt well into the 4th.

Garnet & Cocky: Sydney has been Scouting the Aggies.

Saturday Down South: Matchup breakdown: Texas A&M’s athletic wideouts will test Gamecocks’ unproven secondary.   Also check out Stephen Garcia's opening weekend breakdown.

Houston Chronicle: Sumlin: True freshman ‘has won’ starting gig at free safety; more nuggets from radio show. Fortunately, we're not the only one with an unproven secondary.

Dallas Morning News: Five things Texas A&M fans need to know about No. 9 South Carolina.  The football parts are worth checking out, but I think this new rivalry is overrated.  I also hope they get a patented Columbia thunderstorm during their little pep rally.

Dixie Fried Sports: Check out Columbia radio host Matt Barber's 2014 South Carolina Gamecocks Preview.  

ESPN SEC Blog: Instant impact true freshmen: Texas A&M.

The Rubber Chickens: TRC Unleashed Episode 67: The 2014 Season Preview.

JPPredicts: 2014 SEC Preseason Predictions.  High on USC's Mike Davis.

iSports: South Carolina Football: Countdown to kickoff – 3 by Pearson Fowler.  I like this guy - he correctly says we need to circle the ECU game.  Don't think for a minute the Pirates haven't circled their game with us, and they open with NC Central while we will fight a slobberknocker with the Aggies.  Even now, Ruffin & Co. are preparing for USC.

NBC CFT: Gamecocks hope starting guard can return midseason.  Get better soon, Mike. You'll be needed.

Outkick the Coverage Blog: Ranking the SEC coaches from Nick Saban to everyone else.  Malzahn continues to get too much credit for two fluke plays that were the difference in 2013 between a 9-3 regular season finish and a miraculous 11-1. Sumlin continues to get too much credit for 2012; the Aggies finished only 8-3 (4-4) in the 2013 regular season - and that was with the defending Heisman Trophy winner back under center.

Gamecocksonline:   Some great Gamecock lore spanning nearly five decades -  Tommy Suggs - A Gamecock for a Lifetime. "As a player and broadcaster, Suggs has seen eight different head coaches patrol the sidelines for the Gamecocks, and he has been a part of some of the greatest moments in South Carolina football history." Also check out the Practice Report.

Gamecock Cereal: Gamecock Rookies in the Preseason.

SI.com: Disappointing but not unexpected - Marcus Lattimore to start season on non-football injury list, again.  That means he is ineligible for a minimum of six games.

Dawg Sports: Georgia-centric but informative Your Week 1 College Football TV Schedule by Redcrake. "Brought to you by the Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Southern Eagles, and Georgia State Panthers... who would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are well on their way to being the 4th best team in the State of Georgia."  Heh.

Fox Sports: A touchdown for the ages - Arizona Christian gets record punt return in first game.   Stuff like this is why we love the game.

Dr. Saturday: She's baaacckkkkkk - The Singing Hog Lady returns and wants Arkansas to know 'The Heat Is On' .  Admit it - you love this part, too.