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The Feed Pail: September 14, 2015

It's time for a long hard look in the mirror as we pick ourselves up off the ground.

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NBC Sports: In case you didn't pick up on this (I didn't), Connor Mitch is out 4-6 weeks with a hip infection resulting from an injury during the UNC game - not a shoulder injury from the UK tilt.

The Rubber Chickens: Snap Judgments – 2015 Kentucky @ USC Edition. This is an important piece by Buck because it is brutally honest about where we are right now. I agree with him completely about Spurrier and Wilds; I disagree with him that Mitch was "atrocious" - Mitch seemed to be coming into his own during his last drive, before that ridiculous option play in which he injured his shoulder.  Are we the 12th best program in the SEC at this point? Because it sure feels like it. Sure we might pull off an upset here or there; get to a bowl.  But are we an upper division (top 7) SEC squad or a lower division squad? Is it really up for debate?

Gamecock Cereal: Fast & Furious Monday Morning Observations. Rixon makes some really good points. # 11 is worrisome - can't afford for Landon Ard to get hurt like the Steelers' Sean Suisham did in preseason. Plus Nightmares come in different shapes and sizes and Gamecocks NFL Sunday Stat Recap.  J.D. had a good game.

The Big Spur: John del Bianco writes Gamecocks’ identity is a wait and see.   Mostly a recap of the HBC's post-game presser.  One correction to his piece - the defense has allowed zero second half points so far; the deuce that UK picked up in the 4th quarter should be charged against USC special teams.

The Daily Gamecock: Gamecocks lose home opener despite strong second half surge. Good summary.

SportstalkSC: Asheville, NC OL Pete Leota sees USC, ready to make decision this week. Positive comments from the visit.

Saturday Down South: Slow start, red zone woes doom South Carolina in loss to Kentucky - with a report card and gameballs. Plus SEC Bowl Projections after Week 2.  Wake-up call, ladies and gentlemen.

Team Speed Kills: Brandon's take on the UK fiasco - Kentucky Snaps Road Skid with 26-22 Victory. "It's still far too early to seriously talk about the Wildcats being contenders for the SEC East, but after some of the other results this weekend it doesn't seem utterly ridiculous to at least consider it."  I don't know.  It didn't look pretty and UGA had some QB issues on the road but still won convincingly.  Mizzou is always good for a head-scratcher early on, but still won handily when it was all said and done.  Tennessee played a hard game against a good OU squad and was inches away from winning. Florida is in game two under a new coach but still won against ECU. If the 'Cats can bring down the Gators at the Swamp, then we can talk about Big Blue as a dark-horse for the SEC East crown.

The State: Scouting the Gamecocks’ next opponent: The Georgia Bulldogs. Yes - they're up next and we travel to Athens. Buckle your chin straps. Plus - David Cloninger files his The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Kentucky and Thumbs up, thumbs down: USC vs. Kentucky.

Garnet & Cocky: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Kentucky: Five Key Plays.

Louisville Courier-Journal: Instant Analysis | Kentucky at South Carolina.  24 unanswered points in the first half was all she wrote.

Spurs & Feathers: Previewing the Georgia football team.

Get the Picture: The Senator asks an interesting question in his power poll.  I can't decide if I hope the answer is either "Say it ain't so" or "Please let it be true."  Or maybe it's just - "nah, we just got thumped by a better team."

Dawg Sports: You're On Notice, Dawg! Week 3. As always, a humorous take in Bulldog fashion.

Athlon Sports: Way to deliver, Brett!  Twitter Goes After Bret Bielema After Arkansas Loss. Not only did the ex-B1G loudmouth feed the anti-SEC trolls, he delivered them a steak dinner. In the words of Mrs. B. - "#karma."  I *sure*am glad we dropped the Hogs as as permanent x-division rivals; aren't you? Because they really had our number, didn't they?