Posted: 3:27 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013
By Jorge De Los Gallos
Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxvull, TN
Day: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Line: South Carolina -7.5, O/U 54.5
Yeah, that was a pretty special performance by the Gamecocks, who were in desperate need of a statement game (at least their stress-addled fanbase did). Here are a smattering of interesting statistics pertaining to the massacre in Fayetteville.
While last week proved that our offense is capable of scoring en masse, you've got to remember that our point total in Fayetteville was inflated by three Arkansas turnovers (two of which were flukey) and a smothering time of possession advantage. It's worth noting that Tennessee's turned the ball over more than any SEC team—although they also lead the SEC in turnovers created, thanks in part to a mindblowing five-turnovers-in-six-plays stretch by Western Kentucky's offense. Most advanced statistical rankings suggest Tennessee's offense is comparable to Arkansas', and Tennessee's near the bottom of the conference in time of possession. So for South Carolina to be successful in this game, it starts with making UT throw by stifling their solid rushing attack—UT is 5th in the nation in rushing S&P+ but 82nd on passing downs. If South Carolina's offense can continue to thrive with its churning and methodically balanced attack, it can put up points while gobbling up time of possession. So far this year, Arkansas' and Tennessee's defenses have performed similarly (67 and 62 in defensive F/+, respectively), so the offense won't face much more of a challenge than it did last week. So while 50 points is attainable if the chips fall South Carolina's way, it isn't really reasonable to expect it consistently due to the offense's rate of play. The question falls more on our defense and whether or not they're able to keep a run-first team off the field like they did last week.
Yes that logic is infallible. Well done.
Despite your impenetrable logic, Vegas favors the Gamecocks by 7.5, which has increased by half a point since the time of that writing. Also, we lost the digital simulation in horrifying fashion, which has actually worked out pretty well for us recently.
He did, and that's why he's our own fearless leader. Check out his responses to Will Shelton's questions here.
How interesting that our very own ChickenHoops addressed this very hypothetical earlier in the week. Incidentally, you should come to this blog more often. Do you realize every question you ask has already been answered via a full post?
Go read more about it here, but I'll add one thing: unless JD racks up multiple sacks or tackles for loss, you will, at some point, see a highlight reel of Richardson successfully blocking Clowney and as the disappointed commentators lament Clowney's failures as a football player. Book it.
Yes—as always, Half Cocked has you covered. Kyle (Chicken Hoops) is on this show and not me, which means you should expect less aimless rambling and more substantial, fact-based analysis.
Alas, apparently Lane Kiffin would make no better a guidance counselor than he did a head coach. Alshon Jeffery is currently a wide receiver for the Chicago Bears and is on pace for a 1,000 yard season. Incidentally, Lane Kiffin was recently let go as coach of the University of Southern California Trojans.
We're as dinged up as any team halfway through a season could expect to be. If you take a look at this week's Auguste Report, you'll see six players with an averaging 3.3 Auguste Heads per. The Gamecocks could be without four starters: RG Ronald Patrick and DT JT Surratt are both doubtful. C Cody Waldrop reaggravated his ankle this week and will likely miss another week. Newly-minted starting safety Chaz Elder is out with a concussion. But linebacker Skai Moore should be cleared to sky more, and Bruce Ellington's foot doesn't look to hold him out. And, yes, Clowney should be on the bus again this week.