South Carolina Football: 4 Chances to Be Cocky in October

Kevin King@kevin glen kingSenior Analyst IIJuly 3, 2012

South Carolina Football: 4 Chances to Be Cocky in October

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    Don’t blame South Carolina fans if they are feeling good about their Gamecocks when things get started in late August. Win four more this October now, and it’s time to get downright cocky!

    In 2011, the 11-2 record was not only a great year, but those 11 wins are the most ever in a season for Carolina. They lost only twice—16-13 to Auburn and 44-28 at Arkansas. Turn either of those games around and they would have played for the SEC Championship. Get to that game and who knows?

    Some other good news as of late for the high flying Gamecocks, include three straight wins over Clemson and six games in a row over Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.

    Every coach will caution their players and fans to “take them one game at a time and don’t take anyone for granted,” etc. All of which is good advice. But, we fans never listen to this so why start here?

    South Carolina will likely be favored in each of their first five games of the 2012 season. Should the team fulfill those expectations with wins, they could start 5-0, with victories at Vandy, at home over East Carolina, UAB and Missouri and at Kentucky through September 29.

    With no reason to think that 5-0 can’t happen, October is the start of four weeks to make history.

October 6, Hosting Georgia

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    Last year, the game in Athens was a horror show for the average Bulldog fan. Though the net turnovers only favored South Carolina by one, Georgia fans clearly felt as though the turnovers were the direct reason for the loss.

    Actually, I agree. But turnovers are part of the game and Carolina took advantage when they could. Bottom line, Georgia thinks they can clean up the sloppiness and turn things around this time.

    Can they?

October 13, at LSU

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    Les Miles says…well honestly, I haven’t got a clue what Les is saying most of the time. I do believe it is mostly coach-speak, so I figure Les says that the team that turns it over less will likely win the game.

    One thing is for sure, Les knows a bunch more about coaching big time football than I do. So whenever Coach Miles is talking, I’m trying to listen.

    Miles' LSU team was 12-1 last year and played Alabama twice, winning once, 9-6. LSU hired the former Tennessee Defensive Coordinator of 17 years, John Chavis, in 2010 on the day he was let go by Lane Kiffin to make room on the UT staff for Lane’s father, Monte. Chavis literally did not miss a day of work in changing jobs.

    It is also noteworthy that John Chavis did not jump to accept the Tennessee job back when it came available again after last season. However, it is interesting to know that former Tennessee Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin’s house is still on the market in Knoxville since he left for Southern Cal.

    The latest offer on the house is one gallon of spoiled milk—and I hear Monte is thinking about it.

October 20, at Florida

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    South Carolina has beaten these guys the past couple of years. So the feeling of impending doom has all been properly exorcized. In fact, Carolina fans seem to feel pretty strongly they will win this game.

    Additional information that Florida’s offense was ranked No.113 out of a possible 125 nationally last year helped to determine who I picked to win. I think Carolina will win this game

October 27, Hosting Tennessee

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    The Tennessee Vols have become a non-factor in the SEC Championship games, except for a quick appearance in the games of 2001, 2004 and 2007, where they lost. We have not seen them with the cigar hanging out of their mouths in 15 years.

    However, UT still owns a very commanding all-time record versus South Carolina. Can Carolina improve on last year’s 14-3 win?

    To do so, they will need to figure out how to beat a Tennessee team that is going to win at least nine games next year. Figure that out and all is well.