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

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

Eating hemlock can kill you,

Watching our offense might, too.

So, you laid an egg under the lights,

Which ain’t a total shock in Williams-Brice.

But to do so in such unnecessary fashion,

Leads many to scream that we must take action.

Yet, in our haste, we must keep a bold face,

To throw money at a guy currently in MACtion.

Thus, while we’re not prone to brevity;

We’re here to provide some levity.

To ensure we don’t commit crimes of passion.

Listen, Saturday’s loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers wasn’t exactly the best look, even though the South Carolina Gamecocks barely had more scholarship athletes on the field playing than walk-ons. The playcalling was obsequious at best. The players on the field looked like they spent the last 96 hours in Five Points with no supervision. The clamor for seed changes within the organization has grown to more than its usual dull roar. The South Carolina Gamecocks have again seemingly snatched defeat from the claws of victory again (in another year in which they beat an extremely talented Georgia Bulldogs team). Yet, all is not totally lost. Trust us. Yes, the statistical line suggests that USC should have never, ever lost that football game, but sometimes really really stupid things happen. Just ask Illinois.

Chaos theory always reigns in Gamecock football. We know this as Canon. The team travels to College Station to face the khaki army. Listen, if the injury report doesn’t improve dramatically, the South Carolina Gamecocks are not going to have a whole lot of fun through Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean that all is lost. Bryan Edwards is the leading receiver in the history of Gamecock football. Rico Dowdle is back from a nagging injury. Parker White remains a security blanket in any weather. DJ Wonnum, Ernest Jones, Sherrod Greene, and R.J Roderick continue to contribute.

What’s gotta happen? Run the dang ball. Dakereon Joyner was the team’s leading rusher Saturday. That’s not gonna cut it.

What will cut it?

Switching up the game plan on offense. Going for broke. Playing against the odds. That hasn’t been the Muschamp way thus far but we’re absolutely crazy enough to try.

DSGCTYW