TFP - "I don’t know how high our confidence is."
Saturday Down South: Blue-collar offensive player of the week: Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina. "Much of Wilds’ total came after contact in a gritty performance." Also - Ex-Gamecock Melvin Ingram sacks, strips Russell Wilson and other notable NFL performances from last Sunday by ex-Gamecocks.
Daily Gamecock: Gamecocks back in postseason hunt by Sports Editor Danny Garrison. "But, now that we’ve had time to slink back from Five Points and into reality, it’s time to apply a healthy dose of perspective to the victory." Plus - Notebook: Ground game against UGA takes off in second half.
GoGameocks: Josh Kendall studies The Tape: USC line tames Georgia’s pass rush. Josh also notes: "Brandon Wilds looks – and sounds – a lot like South Carolina’s starting running back, even if Mike Davis is healthy. Wilds averaged 6.6 yards per carry against the Bulldogs and was much more committed to following the design of the play than Davis, who averaged 3.9 yards per play while trying to bounce all but two of his 17 runs outside." Interesting. Plus - Scott Hood releases Report Card: USC-Georgia.
GamecockPride: If it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'! Williams-Brice: More than just an Atmosphere. "Out of all the football stadiums I have been to, I have never felt one shake, until ‘Sandstorm’ was played at Williams-Brice. When the beat fires up and the towels are flying, South Carolina fans are unstoppable and the atmosphere is untouchable. So much so, the fans are almost a literal factor in a games outcome." Check out the video at the end - it's worth the commercial.
Greenville News: Gamecocks on track but with long way to go.
O'Burg Times & Democrat: Scott Hood has 5 things we learned: Steve Spurrier owns Georgia. "Before Saturday, USC had never beaten Georgia three straight times at home. Another arrow through Georgia’s heart — Spurrier (16-6 vs. UGA) is now the winningest coach in history against Georgia and has tied former Bulldogs coach Vince Dooley for most wins as an SEC head coach with 201. Thus, his next win would give him sole possession of second place behind Bear Bryant (292)."
Team Speed Kills: Brandon posts his power poll ballot - There's a New No. 1 and the Same Old No. 14.
247: J.C. Shurburtt compiles his SEC Power Rankings 1-14- Week 3.
Gamecock Central: Video: Take Two with Chris and Wes.
Football Outsiders: OFI: Letdown Saturday. "This year's editions of Georgia and South Carolina could play each other a hundred times and each team would win 50 games." There's probably some truth in that - read the whole thing.
ESPN SEC Blog: No Gurley near the goal line was wrong call. Ed Aschoff piles on Bobo, too. "[T]hough there were a lot of questionable calls and no-calls that helped the Gamecocks along the way (has anyone found the phantom hold that took away the early 54-yard Gurley touchdown?), not giving Gurley, who had 128 rushing yards to that point, the ball inside the 5 was a mistake of epic proportions." Ed must have missed the questionable calls and no-calls that helped Georgia.
NBC CFT: Georgia RB Nick Chubb undergoes thumb surgery. Get better soon, Nick. Apparently he injured it in practice before the game.
Fansided: SEC Power Rankings Week 4, Dinosaur Style. Iguanadon? Kind of lame, but it's a slow day.
SB Nation: Jason Kirk has lost his mind - Full 2014 bowl projections, Week 4: Alabama back to the College Football Playoff. I had to double-check to make sure this wasn't a pre-season bowl projection. The Orange? And UGA in the Belk? Slow your roll, son!
Palmetto Recruiting: Gamecocks add righthander for 2017.
Gamecock Cereal: Is garnet-on-white the new trend for Gamecock uniforms? and Section 905, Row 15, Seat 6: A USC fan's first game at Williams-Brice. First game! Couldn't have picked a better one. Congrats, my brother, and welcome to the family.
~ The Poop Deck ~
SDS: Brad Crawford thinks Patton Robinette is Vandy’s clear-cut best option at QB.
Nashville Post: Mason commends, does not commit to Robinette at quarterback. Maybe now that they're close to picking a starter the Commodore O will start to improve?
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle: Derek Mason: Patton Robinette is starter — for now. Now I am confused - which is it then? "Three different quarterbacks have started and four have played for Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1) in three games." Musical chairs under C is never a good idea.
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Bring on the Cats Blog: T. Kyle King smackdowns Auburn for the ages. I'm torn who to root for in this one. And I also don't know who to cheer for in Auburn@K-State, either. Kidding, kidding.
ESPN: John Abraham returning to Cardinals. In all seriousness, I'm not sure how I feel about this since Abraham was complaining about memory loss and pain just several days ago.
FoxSports: This should have gotten a flag based on sheer stupidity - Arkansas State player plays dead on fake punt that goes terribly.
MrSEC.com: LSU make-out session goes terribly wrong. Too much corndog, clearly.
College Spun: Clemson Defensive End Vic Beasley "Feels Like He’s Better" Than Jadeveon Clowney. Douche. He had five tackles and 1 sack against UGA but he didn't do crapola to change the game for his team. I imagine he will disappear again against FSU. I would be pissier but then Vic is merely parroting the same line that Dabo must tell him everyday. This is Example # 985 why Clemson is soft - unlike this Gamecock. Elliot Fry might not make the pros like Ryan Succop or Spencer Lanning, but he is priceless.