Hey folks, South Carolina beat writer Ryan Wood here. Amazing turn of events last week in the SEC East race, and an incredibly fortunate Saturday for the Gamecocks. Got a question? Want to express an opinion? I'm all ears.
More dangerous than I suspected it would be before watching Tennessee almost beat The Walking Dead, er, Georgia. In the UGa game, Neyland Stadium came back to life in a way it hasn't been in years. If USC allows Tennessee to hang around, same thing could happen Saturday.
With that said, Tennessee is a pretty bad football team. South Carolina is a pretty good football team. That, more than Geography, is what matters.
Oh, I like what you did there. Flipped the question around. South Carolina clearly has the easiest remaining schedule. Let's solidify that first. The Gamecocks are playing at Missouri and home against Florida ... but both of those teams are obviously also playing the Gamecocks. To answer your question, I'll go with SEC East Missouri, which still has to play Florida and South Carolina without James Franklin, then ends the season traveling to Ole Miss (where Texas A&M almost lost Saturday) and a home game against TAMU.
Exactly. That's what this week is all about. Amazing how a game that seemed to have little significance in the preseason now carries so much weight in the divisional race.
Wow. You've got my head all twisted there, Rex. Lots of variables. Fortunately, it becomes simpler because that scenario would not be a tiebreaker. Assuming USC beats Florida and MIssouri, and Florida beats Georgia, South Carolina would represent the SEC East in Atlanta. Why? Georgia and Florida would then have two losses in your hypothetical, and USC would be tied in the loss column with Missouri. USC would own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Missouri because of the win.
It's unlikely to happen, because without Franklin I'm not sure Missouri will only lose one more game this season. If Missouri loses to USC and wins out, and UGa wins out, there would be a three-way tie atop the East.
This is going to sound cliched, but it's true. After a 52-7 pounding, you have to wonder how USC will handle success, really for the first time this season, I know the Gamecocks have won four straight, but the past month has been riddled with adversity (and controversy). USC handled that well, now much handle success.
As for Tennessee, the actual opponent, the Vols have what I believe is the best offensive line in the SEC. Tennessee is 7th in the league in rushing, which isn't bad when you compare to the rest of its offensive statistics. ... That's about all I have to say positive about the Vols this season.
I was totally sold on Vanderbilt not being a hot, miserable mess ... until the season began.
I can't say off the top of my head. Wouldn't be surprised if it had. I will say, the prevailing thought was, once USC got through the crazy month of October, it would have a comfy November. Now, Florida and Clemson could change that, but the Gamecocks would much rather be playing those games at home, where they've been dominant.
All right, everyone. It's been fun. Thanks to all those who participated. We'll hold another live chat 3:30 p.m. next Monday. Until then, enjoy the game this weekend, and take care.