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The Feed Pail: September 4, 2016

Emerging sloth-like from a long hibernation, your correspondent is pleasantly surprised to find his favorite team in first place atop of the SEC standings, and so decided to hunt down some links for your reading pleasure.

The Master Recruiter
The Master Recruiter
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Gamecocksonline: Gamecocks Knock Off No. 6 Clemson Behind Two Goals From McCaskill. Kudos to our Women's Soccer team for taking down the Tigers 2-1.

Scott Davis: Sorry, America, We Won. Ain't it the truth.

Josh Kendall: Two-quarterback system looks like Gamecocks’ future. Both have lots of room for improvement.

The Score: Turning our attention to the Magnolia State Bulldogs, I was simultaneously dismayed and proud that the MSU PK  manned up and took all the heat for the Maroon and White dropping their opener to 24 point underdog (and only in their third year of having a football team) South Alabama -  Kicker apologizes after late FG.  That shows some praiseworthy character that deserves to be rewarded with redemption [Ed. - but hopefully against another team besides Carolina]. Going 2-2 on FGs isn't the full story of what really happened at Davis Wade Stadium, however  - Mississippi State’s defense collapses in fourth quarter.

ESPN: Here is the take from ESPN SEC Blog writer Alex Scarborough:  Life after Dak Prescott proves rough for Mississippi State. I certainly don't mind catching MSU on a downturn, but we'd be crazy to think this will be anything less than a slobberknocker from an angry and humiliated State team.

For Whom the Cowbell Tolls: And this is how our friends at FWtCT summed up the debacle - Mississippi State Drops Season Opener to South Alabama. They are going to go full-barrel against us; bank on it.  Muffed punts, dropped passes, QB2 fumbles and QB1 third-down miscues will not cut the mustard in Starkville.

Saturday Down South: Former South Carolina WR makes Carolina Panthers’ roster.

SEC Country: And the kudos pour in - Former Gamecocks congratulate Damiere Byrd on making the Panthers. A feel good story.  Also check out:  Hermine couldn’t keep South Carolina’s coaches off the road.

The Big Spur: Two more Gamecocks survive NFL roster cuts.  Congrats to Jarell Adams and Brandon Shell; bad luck for Connor Shaw, Bruce Ellington and Brandon Wilds, but I have a feeling their professional playing days are not over yet.

Raycom: What We Learned from the SEC in Week 1. Number 7 and 8 are of interest; I dont think folks are giving the 'Dore 'D' enough credit for being tough and physical.

Barrett Sallee: SEC's Week 1 Struggles Are Not a Sign of Impending Doom.  We're currently leading the league so the rest of them can all drop into a giant sinkhole for all I care (and take Clemmy with them for good measure). MSU and UK would trade places with us right now; I think Arkansas might feel the same way.

Yahoo! Sports: That being said, already the vultures of impending doom are circling and the Cocks are still on the (roadkill) menu as far as the know-it-alls are concerned: Mighty SEC not so mighty in underwhelming Week 1.

But it just wasn't at the top of the rankings where the SEC struggled. The rest of the conference was far from impressive on the opening weekend.

It started Thursday night with a grotesque game between South Carolina and Vanderbilt with the Gamecocks rallying from a 10-0 hole to claim a 13-10 victory in Nashville. It was a sloppy game full of penalties and dropped passes and the best players were the punters and Gamecocks kicker Elliott Fry, who booted a 55-yard field goal to win it.

Well, try not to sugar-coat it or anything but "grotesque"?  Really?

Orlando Sun: Meantime, the guy who led us up the slopes of Mt. Everest to dizzying heights (then decided to check out to base camp before we summited), yucks it up down at The Swamp - Steve Spurrier entertains UF crowd like old days.  He even treated the Gators to " the Pose". Well la-tee-bleepin-da.

The Rubber Chickens: Snap Judgments – USC @ Vanderbilt 2016 Edition. From Friday but check it out.

O'Burg Times-Democrat: 5 KEY PLAYS - Orth-to-Edwards times 2. Also from Friday.