Hello, South Carolina fans. Beat writer Ryan Wood here. Looking forward to talking some Gamecocks football this afternoon. USC has a big game coming up against Florida, and it's a heavy favorite. Let's get to your questions.
I really don't get the sense that this is a game fans need to be worried about. If this were in The Swamp, sure. There'd be a chance at an upset. But South Carolina is a different team at home. Its worst moments in Williams-Brice Stadium have come after USC builds a multiple-touchdown lead. I suspect that will probably be the case Saturday, especially as banged up -- depleted, really -- Florida is.
Not a lot of details following the bye week. Team hasn't spoken since Wednesday. We'll know more tomorrow when Steve Spurrier and players talk Tuesday. USC held some guys out last week for rest, but there isn't anything serious to report.
That's a good question. There is kind of a "the sky is falling" feel in Gainesville. Losing at home to Vanderbilt for only the second team in school history will do that. Still, this is a team that's coming off a Sugar Bowl season, one in which the Gators completely overachieved. Even at a place with extreme expectations like Florida, I think Muschamp will be given the offseason to turn things around.
That said, expect some coaching changes this offseason. Missing a bowl game -- something that looks like a near certainty -- is never tolerated at Florida.
Spurrier likes the Wildcat package with Cooper. It's something that will continue to be part of the offense going forward, though in small doses. If USC is going to run the football, Plan A, B, C and D need to be a simple handoff to Mike Davis.
As Spurrier would said: this, that and the other. It's going to be a kitchen sink offense for Florida, which has one of the worst offenses in the country. Gators have nothing to lose, so everything's on the table.
I think a lot of it depends on the health status of Georgia running back Todd Gurley. Without Gurley, Auburn probably runs away with it, easily. If Gurley is healthy, it could certainly be a competitive game. I covered that game last year, and Auburn's defense had no answer for a healthy Gurley.
All right, folks. That's a good place to end today's chat. Thanks to those who participated. Until next time, take care.