ESPN Analyst Places USC On “Upset Watch”
ESPN analyst Mark May has placed the University of South Carolina on “Upset Watch” this weekend as the No. 12/13 Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) head to Orlando, Florida to take on the Central Florida Knights (3-0, 0-0 AAF).
“The Gamecocks better watch out,” May said, referencing UCF’s big win over Penn State two weeks ago in Happy Valley as a reason for USC to be on alert.
As South Carolina fans are keenly aware May has rarely has a kind word for the Gamecock program – but in this case it’s hard to argue with his determination.
Once viewed as a “trap game” (i.e. a match-up in which a superior team overestimates an ostensibly inferior opponent), Saturday’s showdown at BH Networks Stadium has evolved into a legitimate (and acknowledged) challenge for head coach Steve Spurrier’s squad – which many believe has taken a step backward in 2013 after posting back-to-back 11-win seasons.
UCF is on the cusp of both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today/ Coaches’ polls – which is one reason the visiting Gamecocks are only favored by a touchdown.
@fitsnews I think that's fair. UCF is riding high after PSU. This is a classic trap game. I think USC's head is screwed on straight though.
— Darth Skeptic (@weakSquare) September 27, 2013
@fitsnews good call by the HBC and not going for this as a Thursday night game – now that would have been a trap game..
— Jason (@jasleeack) September 27, 2013
— Robert D. Myers (@KingDavidofSC) September 27, 2013