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The Feed Pail - September 22, 2016: Two days from South Carolina/Kentucky

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How the Web’s covering the Gamecocks today.

NCAA Football: East Carolina at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The State: Why South Carolina’s defense must switch gears each week. Muschamp digs into the adjustments his team must make from week to week when preparing for various defenses. The same’s certainly the case for the Wildcats. Plus, is Kentucky coach Mark Stoops setting a trap for the Gamecocks? Josh Kendall thinks that Stoops is using a smoke-and-mirrors approach to catch the Gamecocks off guard going into Saturday’s contest. Kendall also looks at the growing trend of freshmen starting at QB across college football. In basketball news, USC won’t bid on the NCAA Tournament after all. Logistically, it was going to be hard to pull it off with just six months for the event (as Ray Tanner said), so we’ll see how the NCAA proceeds.

TBS: Junior Stephon Wynn talks his unofficial visit to South Carolina this past Saturday. ($) The Gamecocks will have an official visitor in December in former Alabama commit Aaron Sterling - they’ll also have Johnathan Abram in the house soon as well ($). Also, how’s Xavier Thomas feeling about the program these days, and what’s with that championship belt we’ve seen going around?

Gamecock Central: Good stuff on Antoine Wilder, who had a big forced fumble on Saturday against ECU. “He’s built up some confidence in us. He earned the opportunity to play, and he did some nice things,” Muschamp said of the redshirt freshman.

P&C: David Williams had a one-on-one meeting with Muschamp last week, and the redshirt junior responded with one of his best career games. Also, looks like Stephen Johnson is the guy for Kentucky.

Greenville News: “Could this be the week USC’s offense excels?”, asks Willie Smith.

A Sea of Blue: They’re calling it the “Desperation Bowl” over at ASoB. They’re looking at this one as a possible key to a bowl bid (something they haven’t earned since 2010).

GamecocksOnline: Volleyball gets shut out at Mizzou in their SEC opener to drop their first match of the season. They’re now 12-1 and will host Tennessee next Wednesday at 9pm on ESPNU. Good retrospective from Tyler Johnson on his time with the U.S. collegiate national team this summer. Plus, women’s soccer takes on LSU tonight at 7 as they look to extend their unbeaten streak against the Tigers to eight.

SEC Country: Kentucky beat writer Joe Mussatto previews the matchup with Mike Wilson. Hale McGranahan on how the Gamecocks can match last year’s win total with a win on Saturday.