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#FITSPick: South Carolina 41 UCF 28

It’s been a terrible first four weeks of the year for our founding editor – who has gone from soothsayer Punxsutawney Phil to something south of Phil Steele in less than a month. Seriously … our “#FITSPick” Twitter prognostications were so hot last year people were making bank off of…

It’s been a terrible first four weeks of the year for our founding editor – who has gone from soothsayer Punxsutawney Phil to something south of Phil Steele in less than a month.

Seriously … our “#FITSPick” Twitter prognostications were so hot last year people were making bank off of them. Literally.

This year? So far you’d be wise to bet against Sic Willie.

Oh well. After blowing a pair of big picks earlier this year Sic Willie seems to be stabilizing – although this week’s matchup between the No. 12/13 University of South Carolina Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) and unranked Central Florida (3-0, 0-0 AAC) will be a big test. Head coach Steve Spurrier’s team is playing on the road and favored by only a touchdown – with many viewing this non-conference matchup as a “trap game.”

In fact ESPN analyst Mark May has placed the Gamecocks on “Upset Watch” – citing the strong performance UCF turned in against Penn State two weeks ago in Happy Valley (the school’s first ever win over a Big Ten school).

Can South Carolina avoid the “trap?”

We think so. While the story of the year so far has been the Gamecocks’ underwhelming defense – quarterback Connor Shaw and the South Carolina offense have been putting up big yards and big points – and should do so again this week against the Knights (even with top receiver Shaq Roland out of the lineup due to a suspension).

Assuming Shaw and Co. can avoid turnovers, the Gamecocks will win this game by two scores …

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8 comments

Jerry Stevens September 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

I’m just going to go out on a limb and guess that you have the right winning team but I project fewer points by both sides. I call it 31-21.

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TontoBubbaGoldstein September 28, 2013 at 11:36 am

Knight, Knight Dirt Peckers.

Just kidding.

Sakerlina 31
UCF 20

Clemson 52
Wake 23

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shifty henry September 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

For the sake of honesty must stay glued to this prediction by the Magik Round Dice —

Gamecocks_______26
Knights __________25

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MashPotato September 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Nice pick! There’s no 8 on the dice, but you nailed UCF’s final tally.

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shifty henry September 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thanks, this is an interesting experiment. The round dice are a Christmas gift last year from my daughter’s dog! I didn’t know what to do with them until Sic posted his game predictions.

My first roll is for my predicted winner, and then one for the opponent, so it may take a few times to get something reasonable. I could do a separate roll to get 7-8-9, but I’m ok with being within a few points, which has been the case here for three games

The rolls must be together and somewhat realistic. For example (and don’t laugh) my first roll for this game was Gamecocks –66 and Knights –2. Wow, talk about something being possible, but not probable!
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uh oh September 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Oh whew! SCAR pulled it off! Way to be a tough SEC team!

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JJ September 29, 2013 at 11:55 am

If you knew anything about Puxsy Phil…

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Norma Scok October 1, 2013 at 9:46 am

CLOWNEY FOR HEISMAN!!
Is he still sick?

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