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 …