A sure sign of football season being around the corner? The preseason Amway Coaches Poll being released. See below, and then scroll below that for observations:
|RANK||TEAM||RECORD||POINTS||1ST PLACE VOTES||PREV||CHANGE||HI/LOW|
--Eight SEC teams (Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mizzou and Tennessee) are in the poll. Four of those teams are on the Gamecocks' schedule this year: the Dawgs between the hedges on September 19, back-to-back against the Tigers (at Mizzou on October 3 and versus LSU on October 10) and at the Vols on November 7. Speaking of the Vols, looks like the coaches are buying what Butch Jones and company are selling.
--CLARIFICATION: The USC that is in tenth IS NOT South Carolina. That is Southern Cal, clear on the other side of the country.
--The door's open for the Gamecocks to make some noise early. IF and only if they take care of business against North Carolina in Charlotte on September 3 and get revenge on Kentucky on September 12, a win in Athens could get them into the top 25.
--The team from the Upstate region of South Carolina is twelfth, which could set up beautifully for a win-and-get-into-the-playoffs scenario for the Tigers at Williams-Brice on November 28. That is, of course, unless Clemson gets smoked by some inferior team long before that.
--The Gamecocks got eighteen votes. THE GAMECOCKS RECEIVED VOTES. ALL HOPE IS NOT LOST.