Post-Alabama Stream of Conciousness Reflections

This happened. (H/T Left Over Hot Dog)

I admit it, I bought into the ‘Bamahype. And why wouldn’t I? The defending National Champs’ winning streak combined with the start they were off to this year, why in the world would anyone think differently? Little did I know we were going to pitch…

A perfect game – well, there were a couple of blips, so maybe a one-hitter.In my many years as a Gamecock fan, I don’t know if I’ve seen us playa better game fromthe opening kick to the final bell. The offense was powerful and efficient. The defense was stout and fast. The kicking game wentmostly unnoticed (unlike Alabama’s), which is a good thing. The only glaring mistakes from the game wereHolloman’s busted coverage in the fourth quarter and…

The Garciasafety- whichI submit to you wasn’t nearly as boneheaded as it first appeared. Think aboutwhatGhost of Stephen Garcia Past would’ve doneon that play – picked up the ball, momentum carrying himfurther into the end zone, turned left, and seeing multiple ‘Bama defenders,loweredhis head and tried to bull his way out. Fumble, TD Tide, different game. Instead, Garcia, withhis back to the play, not knowing who might be chasing him,decides to not make a bad play worse and pushes the ball out of the end zone. But his quick thinking is not what earned him…

SEC Offensive Playerof theWeek– given Cam Newton’s gaudy numbers on Saturday night, this shows how much respect the voters had for Garcia’s performance. If we can get performances like this out of him week in and week out, we’ll be extremely difficult to stop, especially with the emergence of…

Lattimore andThe Freak– just wow. First, about #21, why isa guy who has just one 100-yard game and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry getting so much hype? Because the people doling out the hype know football and know just how much Marcus means to this offense. I have a feeling there are some big games in store for him in the near future. And about #1, I was told last week that they better find somebody else to throw to because Dre Kirkpatrickwasgoing to lockJeffery down. I believe Kirkpatrick was the gnat hanging off of Jefferyas he grabbed thatball one-handed, flicked the gnat off, and gallopedinside the 10-yard line to set up the deciding touchdown.Jeffery was named Rivals National Player of the Week, but for some reason was left off the…

SEC “Other Outstanding Performances” list- but StephonGilmore was deservedly there for an all-around outstanding performance on D.And while we’reon that side of the ball, all is forgiven from the Auburn game.Our much malignedlinebackers were fantastic, the D-line was quick off the ball and kept the line of scrimmagestacked up. Chris Culliverwas also all over the place, and committed ZERO personal foul penalties. Swearinger, Hollomanand Allen were all around the ball a lot. If we can carry this momentum over week after week…

The SECCG is within reach – MaybeI’m a little drunk on our success at the moment.But let’s look at it – there is a good chance we’ll be favored in every game from here out.If we play like we did Saturday, there isno reason to think we can’t go 11-1 andhave a rematch with Auburn or Alabama in Atlanta. But it all starts with…

Kentucky – ugh, I get a pitin my stomachjust mentioning it.This isthe perfect upset scenario. We’re coming off the biggest win in school history, they’re coming off a heartbreaking loss to a top 10 team.Our ridiculouswin streak against them seems like it’s on borrowed time. They are good enough to beat us, and it will be a nail biterI’m sure. With Vandy andTennessee to follow, this game will have ahugebearing on…

Our postseason fate- It’s probably ridiculous to talk about, but just consider the possibilities. I didn’t say I was going to map it our for you, I justsaid consider them. We’re definitely in better shape than…

Clemson Tiger University -Hoo boy, things are not going well in the upstate. Thesweet taste of moral victory over Auburnhas turned into a bitter seed ofloss against the UNC JV’s. Since we’re thinking long-term in this week’s column,here’s a question that has been posed before, but now that it actually seems like it could be a realistic scenario…

What would yourather have- A loss to CTUand a trip to the SECCG, or a win overCTUand no trip to the SECCG?

2 thoughts on “Post-Alabama Stream of Conciousness Reflections

  1. Gotta beat Clemson…kickem while they’re down! Clemson had this same type scenerio put to them last year except it was the ACCCG…and look where it got them (another butt whooping from GT).

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