The Transitive Property Report – Week 4

Mizzou freshman Drew Lock gets his first career start against the Gamecocks this week.

Mizzou freshman Drew Lock gets his first career start against the Gamecocks this week.

Whoa, we totally forgot about the TPR last week. Not “didn’t have time to do it” or “was having computer problems so couldn’t do it”, but just flat out forgot to do it. Fear not fair reader, for we are back.

Week 4 Results:

North Carolina (3-1) – Beat Delaware 41-14. After losing to the Gamecocks in their season opener they’ve rebounded by beating three straight tomato cans.

TPR for UNC: The more I see them the less I think of them. Thank God we won that game.

Kentucky (3-1) – Beat Missouri 21-13. They finally won an SEC game against a team not named South Carolina or Vanderbilt. Thank you for removing us from that dubious company Mizzou.

TPR for Kentucky: Copy and paste from two weeks ago: I don’t Kentucky is any better than they were last year, I just think we’re worse. They’ll still struggle to get to bowl eligibility. Have fun in Birmingham, Wildcats.

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Georgia (4-0) – Beat Southern 48-6. A nice tune-up game for the Bulldogs before their showdown with the Crimson Tide.

TPR for Georgia: If Greyson Lambert can continue to play well enough to keep the pressure off Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia should be able to cruise to the SEC East title uncontested.

Central Florida (0-4) – Lost to USC 31-14. The Knights had some momentum in the first half, then they remembered how bad they are.

TPR for UCF: They are a shockingly terrible football team considering they won 12 games and a BCS bowl just two years ago.

Missouri (3-1) – Lost to Kentucky 21-13. You lose to Kentucky, Maty Mauk, and the powers that be find a way to make your disappear.

TPR for Missouri: Nobody has believed in the Tigers since they joined the SEC and they’ve continued to prove people wrong. That time has come to a close. This team is not good, which gives us about a 50/50 shot this weekend I’d say.

LSU (3-0) – Beat Syracuse 34-24. I didn’t watch so I have no idea why this game was only decided by 10 points.

TPR for LSU: After our game with them people will be calling him Leonard Four”hundred yards”nette.

Vanderbilt (1-3) – Lost to Ole Miss 27-16. Vandy put a scare into the third-ranked Rebels. Which puts a scare into me.

TPR for Vanderbilt: Vandy has gone from (in my head) sure win, to probable win, to GROOOOOAAAAAN.

Texas A&M (4-0) – Beat Arkansas 28-21. This game was more about the Hogs’ failures to finish the Aggies off. Regardless, the Aggies remain undefeated.

TPR for Texas A&M: Have you SEEN the wide receiver talent on that team? Reynolds, Kirk, Seals-Jones, Noil, etc., etc., etc. What a nightmare.

Tennessee (2-2) – Lost to Florida 28-27. Butch Jones has proven he can recruit, but has still not proven he can coach.

TPR for Tennessee: If they keep losing, they’re gonna be awfully mad by the time we roll into town.

Florida (4-0) – Beat Florida 28-27. A borderline miracle final minute minutes keeps the Gators undefeated.

TPR for Florida: They seem to be improved under McIlwain, but I’m still not convinced. Should be a good one in Columbia.

The Citadel (3-2) – Lost to Charleston Southern 33-20. The Bulldogs have fallen on hard times since their fast start.

TPR for The Citadel: Will still be painful, but should be a win.

Clemson (3-0) – Bye week.

TPR for Clemson: The Tigers play the biggest game in college football history Saturday night against Notre Dame. God is so not happy about this that he sent a hurricane to try to ruin it.

Projected final record: 5-7

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TRC Unleashed Episode 82 – 1984

Don’t let the title fool you, we don’t talk about 1984 at all, unless you mean Van Halen’s seminal album from that very year. With the Gman absent, Tbone and Buck forge ahead with a  review of the UCF game and grade first-time starter Lorenzo Nuñez’s game, and preview the Maty Mauk-less Missouri Tigers.

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Snap Judgments – 2015 UCF @ USC Edition

Think about what he could do if he tied his shoes. (Photo: thetandd.com)

Think about what he could do if he tied his shoes. (Photo: thetandd.com)

Some quick, barely researched, not fully-formed thoughts from South Carolina’s 31-14 victory over Central Florida:

Nun-YES™. Several times during the pre-season people suggested Lorenzo Nuñez would/should/could be our starting quarterback. Several times I responded that if Nuñez was our starting quarterback at any point during 2015 then something had gone terribly wrong with the season. After anemic offensive performances through three games, a significant injury to Connor Mitch, and a valiant but losing effort by former walk-on Perry Orth, I think it was safe to say things had gone terribly wrong.

Nuñez got his first college start on Saturday, and while I wouldn’t say he came through with flying colors, his performance was definitely good enough to cement the starting role at least until Mitch comes back. (And probably longer.)

After an ill-advised throw on his first play, Nuñez had the best single passing (184 yards, 2 TD) and rushing (18-123) games of the season for the Gamecocks. He showed skills we haven’t seen at the position since Anthony Wright. (You might say Syvelle Newton, but don’t, Syvelle never had the arm Zo does.)

There will be growing pains for sure, but at this point Lorenzo Nuñez by far gives us the best chance to move the ball, score points, and most importantly, win games.

King Tuttch. Down. Pharoh Cooper was in the midst of his worst game as a Gamecock. First, he made the boneheaded decision to try to field and return a punt inside his own 5 yard line. The muff led to a UCF recovery and 1-yard touchdown drive for the statistically worst offense in FBS. Next, he let a sure touchdown go though his hands that could’ve cut into the Knights lead right before half.

Undaunted, Cooper responded in the second half with an improvised touchdown run off a busted trick play. Then he came back later in the half to haul in a 35-yard touchdown from Nuñez. He’s not having the season he would’ve hoped for so far, but he’s still unquestionably the best offensive option we have on a team with a dearth of them.

Movin’ on Up. The Gamecocks have once again fielded one of the worst defenses in the country so far this year, so the offensively challenged Knights were just what the doctor ordered. USC held UCF to 230 total yards, with only 23 coming on the ground. There was a terrifyingly familiar 93-yard drive by the Knights late in the first half, and there were way too many Gamecock defensive backs not in the same zip code as the wide receivers they were covering. But aside from those things the defense was very solid. With the likes of Texas A&M, LSU and Clemson coming up, we needed a confidence builder, and we got it.

Holla man. There was much made, mostly by Steve Spurrier, of the decision to start TJ Holloman at middle linebacker this week. After all, the coaching staff was displacing our defensive MVP, Skai Moore, and potentially screwing up the one thing we had going for us on defense.

Holloman responded with his best day as a Gamecock, recording two interceptions, six tackles (one TFL), two quarterback hurries and a pass break-up. Tip of the cap to Jon Hoke and staff.

Boosie. Every once in a while we steal a kid from another state that turns out to be a real player for us. With a sack and a safety yesterday, Boosie Whitlow looks like he might be one of those guys.

The HBC. Yesterday certainly helped the morale in an around the program, but nothing happened to change our belief that this will be Steve Spurrier’s last season at the helm for the Gamecocks*.

After last week’s game he said there would be changes on defense, and those changes would be communicated by the defensive staff. The defensive staff made a significant change (Holloman, Moore) that Spurrier then publicly denounced on his Thursday call-in show. You might argue this is just Spurrier being Spurrier, and to an extent it is. But calling out your assistants, whom you asked to make changes, for doing the job you asked them to do is just being an ass. Handle that internally.

Then, after the game, the HBC was asked about play calling.

“I delegated early and obviously the second half I jumped in there a lot of times.”

This is beginning to annoy me. Either call the plays all the time, or have someone else call the plays all the time. The stories about 2-3 guys on the headset discussing what plays to run next for basically the entire game is not normal. Don’t tell us how sharp you are for a 70-year-old and then delegate the thing that made you famous to someone else.

Either call the plays, or butt out.

Moving on. We step up the competition a notch with a conference road game next week against Missouri. Fortunately, they are currently just as dysfunctional as we are, so it should be a good match-up.

Go Cocks!

*Note we still have not called for his firing, dismissal, ouster, or any other word suggesting he be dismissed against his will. 

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TRC Unleashed 81 – It’s Pronounced NOON-yez

On this week’s TRC Unleashed the boys discuss the Georgia debacle, if Lorenzo Nunez can spark the team to victory, and who some potential replacements might be for Steve Spurrier (if the job comes open and we’re not saying it will we’re just speculating like all fans do so back off.)

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The Graduate Transfer Program is a Load of Crap

LambertGreyson Lambert, a graduate transfer from the University of Virginia, looked a lot like Tom Brady Saturday night while lighting up the Gamecocks like a Christmas tree.

Like UGA, the Gamecocks have a graduate transfer (Isaiah Johnson) starting for them as well.  After watching the dumpster fire that was our defense last year, I (like all Gamecock fans) was thrilled to see Johnson come onto the scene.  Whether or not he will make a difference remains an open question.  After watching Lambert torch our secondary, of which Johnson is supposed to be an integral part, I’m not terribly impressed.

No, this post is not sour grapes, as I was squarely in the Everett Golson to USC camp. Instead it’s about the continued erosion of the traditional “student athlete” model in intercollegiate athletics. The fact of the matter is that major college football (and basketball) players are now free agents. As long as they graduate and meet certain transfer requirements, any player can leave one school and play at another school the next year while dodging the traditional transfer penalty of one year on the sidelines.

And why is the graduate transfer phenomenon a thing? Money, that’s why. Just like all the other methods used to get talented athletes on the field, universities around the country have bought into yet another way of getting an enhanced product that can be packaged as “college” ball. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m all for great players and competition. I’m just sick and tired of all the hypocrisy perpetuated by the NCAA and the universities. Graduate students from UVA, Kansas, or NC State are no more “students” of the new college they play for than the Kentucky basketball freshman who go to just enough classes in the fall semester so they can remain eligible in the spring, or the UNC athletes who were enrolled in all those “paper classes” for the last 20 years.

The graduate transfer rule is simply the latest example of a way to get guys on the field who can help your team win, and win fast. Everybody is doing it. Saturday night I watched an ex-FSU quarterback throw a TD pass to an ex-Oregon St. wide receiver. Both are now wearing Alabama uniforms. I’m pretty sure those guys aren’t at Bama for some fascinating new graduate program.

And let’s face the honest truth, the vast majority of fans couldn’t care less whether or not the star QB or point guard hangs out at the student union, attends classes, or graduates. They just want the wins and the excitement that comes from it all.  I get it.

I’m just ready for everyone to drop the bs and fancy eligibility rules and call college football and basketball what it is – a club system that effectively serves as a minor league.   Sure, there are the athletes who are academically gifted and would be in college anyway.  Some of the graduate transfers likely fall into this category. Rationales such as these only serve to muddy the truth: college athletics (again, I’m talking about D1 football and basketball here) aren’t about college, and haven’t been for quite some time. The fact that the NCAA and the university presidents continue to hold onto the “collegiate athletics” fiction while billions of dollars are made (and spent on coaches and facilities) is ridiculous, and insults the intelligence of the fan bases, which are composed at least partly of alumni who actually went to college for college.

Do I expect this post to change anything? Not a chance. Do I feel better after writing it?  Not really. USC’s “student athletes” still got their butts royally kicked by UGA’s “student athletes” and I’m still ticked off about it.

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Snap Judgments – 2015 USC @ UGA Edition

By one measure, the greatest quarterback in NCAA history. (Photo: ajc.com)

By one measure, the greatest quarterback in NCAA history. (Photo: ajc.com)

Humiliation. I was prepared to lose. I was not prepared for this.

I walked around all week in my Atlanta office telling my Bulldog co-workers that the 17 point spread was not enough. I told them they would win by three touchdowns despite their concerns about their quarterback. I mentally prepared myself for a loss, maybe even a bad loss, to protect these old bones from letting a football game impact other more important areas of my life.

Things were going according to plan through the first quarter, as we were competitive and looked like we might even be able to make a game of it. The 11-point halftime deficit wasn’t too bad, although I was a little concerned about how Georgia had moved down the field so easily in their two-minute drill.

Then we had to play the second half. Our offense was anemic. Our defense was horrific. Georgia ran 37 consecutive offensive plays without facing a third down. Greyson Lambert, a quarterback who was so average that Virginia asked him to not return for his senior season, completed 20 consecutive passes and set an NCAA record for completion percentage in a game. Jordan Diggs was blasted backwards into the end zone by Sony Michel and then posed over in a single moment that almost single-handedly eradicated our four wins in the previous five years over Georgia. Bulldog running backs were gaining eight yards before they were touched, and wide receivers were this open:

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By the end Gamecock players were not only fighting with their opponents, but they were fighting with themselves in a telltale moment that right now this team is lost. Not only is there a dearth of talent on this squad due to poor recruiting efforts, but with very few exceptions there appears to be no heart and no self-respect.

In the end my mental preparation was for naught. A loss, even a bad loss, was acceptable to me last night.

Getting humiliated was not, and never will be, acceptable.

HBC. I have an idea how these last nine games will go, and if what I believe does happen it’s going to be a very sad ending to a great career for Steve Spurrier. Seeing video of him running out of Sanford Stadium having obscenities yelled at him by toothless, adult, redneck Georgia fans who have been dominated by Spurrier for the better part of 20 years did not help my mood.

That Ain’t No Hoke. Jon Hoke drew praise for his halftime adjustments in the first two games of the year as the Gamecocks played shutdown defense for the final 30 minutes against North Carolina and Kentucky. But last night he appeared to make no adjustments whatsoever. There was the occasional corner blitz that was picked up easily by Lambert, but very few times did we see more than four rushers to try to make something happen. Maybe I wasn’t watching closely enough, but I never noticed any stunts or twists either.

Who knows, maybe Lorenzo Ward deserves an apology.

It’s Zo Time. I said all summer that if at any point Lorenzo Nunez was our starting quarterback, then something has gone terribly wrong. I think we can all agree many things have gone terribly wrong, so it’s time to take our chances with the true freshman. Perry Orth is a nice story, from seventh string to bagging groceries to starting in Athens, but at this point that’s all it is – a nice story.

While Orth had his moments, it’s obvious Zo is an elite athlete and can make things happen that no other quarterback on the roster can. He might look like a baby deer running around out there at times, but I think he’s going to give us our best chance to score some points.

King Tuttchdown. Six yards receiving, 34 yards rushing. We’re wasting our main man.

On Quitting. At some point during the night former Gamecock defensive back D.J. Swearinger tweeted this:

Predictably, there was a lot of unfortunate reaction to this tweet by emotional fans. In turn, there was a lot of defense of DJ going on that what he said was “the truth”.

Here’s the thing – DJ was being honest in a way only DJ can be honest, and was probably expressing a lot of what we were feeling last night. The problem is, he has a responsibility none of the rest of us have. He’s one of the most popular Gamecock players of all time, and is now in a place where many of our players hope to be someday – the NFL. To tell our players, especially the ones who are strapping it up on Saturday and giving it every ounce of effort they have, that he is quitting on them is disappointing. Many of the current players look up to him. Hell, some of theme probably came to South Carolina BECAUSE of him.

Being disappointed in a performance is one thing, but telling a group of guys who look up to  you that you’re quitting on them is quite another. I’m disappointed, and despite my deep disappointment at how this season is shaping up, I’m not quitting. You can accuse me of bitching and moaning, and that’s fair. But regardless I’ll be there next week supporting these guys, and the week after, and the week after that.

The Final Word. From your lips to God’s ears Isaiah.

Go Cocks.

 

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FIXED Toward a ‘Conscious Uncoupling’ FIXED

This space on a game day eve is usually reserved for a TRC ‘Boning Up segment, where we throw some serious knowledge your way about the upcoming opponent’s institution, tradition, and team. If you somehow wandered here looking for that info, please avail yourself of last year’s ‘Boning Up on the Dawgs, as much of the information remains the same. Just substitute ‘Chubb’ every time you see the word ‘Gurley’ and you should be fine. Georgia, gentle reader, never changes.

Instead, I’d like to address another topic: this, the (probable) final season of our Head Ball Coach. With a lackluster year behind us, and the promise of a difficult season ahead, many pundits are beginning to embrace the idea that this may be Steve Spurrier’s final year at the helm of our football program.

I have reluctantly reached this same conclusion.

/Sad Clown Noise

/Sad Clown Noise

Don’t get me wrong. I think the HBC has earned the right to coach the Gamecocks for as long as he wants. In fact, I’d be fine if we named him “Head Ball Coach for Life.” But the reality is that Spurrier is certainly near the end of his coaching days. His desire to go out on top notwithstanding, and given his complete disdain for mediocrity, he is more than likely going to be hanging up his visor at season’s end. He’s said as much on more than one occasion: if the program starts “going bad” (his phrase) then it would be time for him to step down.

Consensus reports have it that he almost stepped down at the end of last season, but a valiant effort by the Gamecocks in the Indy Bowl, plus Spurrier’s never-ending wellspring of tenacity, led him to sign on for another season.

Now, the prospects for a great – even a good season seem dim, and with his age becoming more and more of an issue in recruiting, its safe to say there will not be a sudden influx of young Stephon Gilmores or Marcus Lattimores to energize our chances. The talent is not there, folks. Not like it was in 2011, 2012, or 2013. And it doesn’t look like it’s returning soon.

As we mentioned on TRC Unleashed this week, celebrities sometimes contort the English language in ways to mask the grim realities of their own divorces. What you and I may call a marriage breakup is called a “thoughtful, tender, undoing” by singer Jewel Kilcher. What we would call infidelity by a husband is called a “conscious uncoupling” by actor Gwyneth Paltrow.

I’m not suggesting that our head coaching situation is headed for a divorce, because I certainly don’t sense any acrimony between Spurrier and the Gamecock fan base. But an end, undoubtedly, is nigh. And I’d like for us (and Ray, and the HBC) to think about an alternative way to wrap things up.

Instead of waiting until the year is out, tough year that it will probably be, and then calling a depressing press conference during the holiday season, I’ve got an alternative.

Let’s have a  thoughtful, tender undoing. A conscious uncoupling.

Here’s how: Announce it tomorrow. Before the game. All the HBC has to do is saunter up to the nearest sideline reporter with a camera and say “You know, this is gonna be my last time coaching in Sanford Stadium or against the Georgia Bulldogs. It’s been a great honor and a heck of a lot of fun. But anyway . . . “

All the pressure of the season would instantly evaporate. The questions surrounding our recruiting and the program’s future would take a back seat to excitement. We could all sit back and enjoy his victory lap season. Ray could get a head start on the coaching search. The media would go wild. And win or lose, our Gamecocks would be the lead on every sports page in America on Sunday morning. The media focus would continue all season long: the HBC’s last trip to Neyland. His last game against Florida, etc., etc. And the last game of his legendary coaching career could be in Williams Brice Stadium against the Clemson Tigers.

Imagine the HBC being carried off the field (whether after a win OR a loss) in that scenario. It would be something special, something we (him included) would feel was fitting for a coach who has done so much for our school and our athletics program.

Heck, we could even announce pregame that the field was gonna be named after him. After all, “Spurrier Field at Williams Brice Stadium” has a nice ring to it.

I’m not suggesting that we pull the plug on arguably the greatest playcaller in college football history. I’m not looking forward to being without the best ball coach we’ve ever had. But its going to happen, probably sooner than later. And I think we have an alternative to a wait-and-see approach.

Let’s have a conscious uncoupling.

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Toward a ‘Conscious Uncoupling’

This space on a game day eve is usually reserved for a TRC ‘Boning Up segment, where we throw some serious knowledge your way about the upcoming opponent’s institution, tradition, and team.  If you somehow wandered here looking for that info, please avail yourself of last year’s ‘Boning Up on the Dawgs, as much of the information remains the same.  Just substitute ‘Chubb’ every time you see the word ‘Gurley’ and you should be fine. Georgia, gentle reader, never changes.

Instead, I’d like to address another topic: this, the (probable) final season of our Head Ball Coach.     With a lackluster year behind us, and the promise of a difficult season ahead, many pundits are beginning to embrace the idea that this may be Steve Spurrier’s final year at the helm of our football program.

I have reluctantly reached this same conclusion.

Here's a Health, HBC

Forever to Thee, HBC

Don’t get me wrong.  I think the HBC has earned the right to coach the Gamecocks for as long as he wants.  In fact, I’d be fine if we named him “Head Ball Coach for Life.”  But the reality is that Spurrier is certainly near the end of his coaching days.  His desire to go out on top notwithstanding, and given his complete disdain for mediocrity, he is more than likely going to be hanging up his visor at season’s end.  He’s said as much on more than one occasion: if the program starts “going bad” (his phrase) then it would be time for him to step down.

Consensus reports have it that he almost stepped down at the end of last season, but a valiant effort by the Gamecocks in the Indy Bowl, plus Spurrier’s never-ending wellspring of tenacity, led him to sign on for another season.

Now, the prospects for a great – even a good – season seem dim, and with his age becoming more and more of an issue in recruiting, its safe to say there will not be a sudden influx of young Stephon Gilmores or Marcus Lattimores to energize our chances.  The talent is not there, folks.  Not like it was in 2011, 2012, or 2013.  And it doesn’t look like it’s returning soon.

As we mentioned on TRC Unleashed this week,  celebrities sometimes contort the English language in ways to mask the grim realities of their own divorces.  What you and I may call a marriage breakup is called a “thoughtful, tender, undoing” by singer Jewel Kilcher.  What we would call infidelity by a husband is called a “conscious uncoupling” by actor Gwyneth Paltrow.

I’m not suggesting that our head coaching situation is headed for a divorce, because I certainly don’t sense any acrimony between Spurrier and the Gamecock fan base.  But an end, undoubtedly, is nigh.  And I’d like for us (and Ray, and the HBC) to think about an alternative way to wrap things up.

Instead of waiting until the year is out, tough year that it will probably be, and then calling a depressing press conference during the holiday season, I’ve got an alternative.

Let’s have a thoughtful, tender undoing.  A conscious uncoupling.

Here’s how:  Announce it tomorrow. Before the game.  All the HBC has to do is saunter up to the nearest sideline reporter with a camera and say “You know, this is gonna be my last time coaching in Sanford Stadium or against the Georgia Bulldogs.  It’s been a great honor and a heck of a lot of fun.  But anyway . . . “

All the pressure of the season would instantly evaporate.  The questions surrounding our recruiting and the program’s future would take a back seat to excitement.   We could all sit back and enjoy his victory lap season.  Ray could get a head start on the coaching search.  The media would go wild.  And win or lose, our Gamecocks would be the lead on every sports page in America on Sunday morning.  The media focus would continue all season long:  the HBC’s last trip to Neyland.  His last game against Florida, etc., etc.  And the last game of his legendary coaching career could be in Williams Brice Stadium against the Clemson Tigers.

Imagine the HBC being carried off the field (whether after a win OR a loss) in that scenario.  It would be something special, something we (him included) would feel was fitting for a coach who has done so much for our school and our athletics program.

Heck, we could even announce pregame that the field was gonna be named after him.  After all, “Spurrier Field at Williams Brice Stadium” has a nice ring to it.

I’m not suggesting that we pull the plug on arguably the greatest playcaller in college football history.  I’m not looking forward to being without the best ball coach we’ve ever had.  But its going to happen, probably sooner than later.   And I think we have an alternative to a wait-and-see approach.

Let’s have a conscious uncoupling.

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The Transitive Property Report – Week 2

Chubb Comin' (Photo: ESPN)

Chubb Comin’ (Photo: ESPN)

The season took an unexpectedly brutal turn Saturday night. The prospects for even a respectable (read: .500) season are looking somewhat bleak. So if you didn’t like last week’s TPR, you’re probably not gonna like this one either. But we soldier on.

Week 2 Results:

North Carolina (1-1) – Beat North Carolina A&T 53-14. I honestly did not see this score until I looked it up last night. I didn’t even think UNC played.

TPR for UNC: Yawn. Even if they turn out to be halfway decent, a win over North Carolina doesn’t help us now.

Kentucky (2-0) – Beat South Carolina 26-22. Kentucky picked up their third SEC win in two years (two over us, one over Vandy) and stopped a 22-game road SEC losing streak. I honestly cannot take anything positive from this performance.

TPR for Kentucky: I don’t Kentucky is any better than they were last year, I just think we’re worse. They’ll still struggle to get to bowl eligibility. Have fun in Birmingham, Wildcats.

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Georgia (2-0) – Beat Vanderbilt 31-14. I mean to tell you, Georgia fans are downright MISERABLE after their 17-point road win last week. I wish a 17-point road win was why I was miserable.

TPR for Georgia: Led by All-American Nick Chubb (to whom Steve Spurrier was unwilling to lend any of his precious, precious time…twice) the Dogs have more than enough weapons to dispose of us on Saturday.  However, their lack of solid QB play will keep them out of the national conversation. Which will probably lead to more highly insecure blog posts like this one.

Central Florida (0-2) – Lost to Stanford 31-7. You’ll always have 2013 UCF.

TPR for UCF: Gamecocks will sweep the leg to move to 2-2.

Missouri (2-0) – Beat Arkansas State 27-20. Mizzou is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Games like this one and Indiana from last year are the reason we are reluctant to give them the credit they may or may not deserve.

TPR for Missouri: I just can’t bring myself to give up hope on this one. I think it’s a toss-up.

LSU (1-0) – Beat Mississippi State 21-19. LSU finally got to play a real ball game, and they were impressive at times, but still had to eke out a win over a tough Mississippi State team.

TPR for LSU: I liked us at home before last weekend. Can’t really say I feel that way any more. LSU is bigger, faster, stronger and more talented. And they will score more points than us.

Vanderbilt (0-2) – Lost to Georgia 31-14. I didn’t watch the game so I need to go find out how Vandy scored 14 points.

TPR for Vanderbilt: Trust me, they will give us fits with their defense, but we will win. If we don’t, Spurrier might quit during the post-game press conference.

Texas A&M (2-0) – Beat Ball State 56-23. TAMU has scored 94 points against one good opponent and one average opponent. We have scored 39 points against two average to below average opponents.

TPR for Texas A&M: Bloodbath and beyond.

Tennessee (1-1) – Lost to Oklahoma 31-24 in OT. I was so happy to see UT lose so we can stop asking if Tennessee is back for about ten minutes.

TPR for Tennessee: They might not be “back”, but they’re back enough to handle us at Neyland.

Florida (2-0) – Beat East Carolina 31-24. The big story was not the game or the outcome, but the ass chewing Jim McIlwain gave Kelvin Taylor after his throat-slash gesture. I enjoyed that because it reminded me of how I used to talk to the third-grade team I coached. Exactly.

TPR for Florida: This could be Steve Spurrier’s last chance for a significant win in Williams-Brice. I think he will call his best game of the year and the ‘Cocks will win going away.

The Citadel (2-0) – Beat Western Carolina 28-10. The Bulldogs look like a pretty darn good FCS team so far.

TPR for The Citadel: Let’s see, watch us play a triple-option team or stick bamboo shoots under my fingernails. Hmm, tough call.

Clemson (2-0) – Beat Appalachian State 41-10. You folks with the inability to give the Tigers any credit for anything will point out they haven’t played anybody yet, but I have to say I’ve been impressed with them so far. Their first “big” test is tonight against 0-2 Louisville. Notre Dame is down a starting QB, and Florida State has been less than impressive. Georgia Tech might be the only team standing in the way of an undefeated regular season for Clemson.

TPR for Clemson: Pretty much more talented than us across the board. We’ll be hanging our hopes on wings and prayers, but as we all know anything can happ… /hit by meteorite

Projected final record: 6-6

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TRC Unleashed Episode 80 – Thoughtful, Tender Undoing

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Buck and Tbone, sans the Gman, reflect on the Kentucky game and what it might mean to the long-term direction of the Gamecock football program. Among other things you’ll hear:

  • A recap of the loss to the Wildcats
  • What it means for the rest of the season (hint: it ain’t good)
  • Why this might be the end of the road for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina
  • Who else is currently going through a thoughtful, tender undoing
  • If there is a thoughtful, tender undoing, what qualities would we like to see in our next HBC
  • Other Twitter questions

It’s a difficult conversation, and one we’ll probably be having for the next several weeks. But it’s healthy. Join us in the trust tree.

Click here to listen on iTunes.

Or click here or the graphic to stream, and enjoy!

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