“BEAT VANDY?” NOT THIS SATURDAY …
Vanderbilt University’s football team is coming to Columbia, S.C. this weekend with its best chance to knock off the University of South Carolina in years …
Oddsmakers have installed the Gamecocks (2-4, 0-4 SEC) as 2.5-point favorites over the Commodores (2-3, 0-2 SEC) … at home.
Yeah … that’s how bad things have gotten for South Carolina, which saw its eleventh-year head coach Steve Spurrier shock the college football world by resigning earlier this week.
Since entering the Southeastern Conference in 1992, the Gamecocks have beaten the Commodores nineteen times … and lost just four times (back-to-back defeats in 1998-99 and 2007-08).
They’ll be going for their seventh win in a row in the series on Saturday under interim head coach Shawn Elliott – the first time since November 2004 that Spurrier won’t be pacing the Gamecock sidelines.
Former quarterback coach (now offensive coordinator G.A. Mangus) will call plays for the offense. Former walk-on quarterback Perry Orth will start the game under center – although true freshman Lorenzo Nunez will be a game-time decision and sophomore Connor Mitch, who started the first two games before separating his shoulder, will be available to play if needed.
Vanderbilt got thrashed at home by Georgia (not as bad as the Gamecocks got pounced by the Dawgs, obviously) – but they hung tough on the road against then-No. 3 Ole Miss.
Head coach Derek Mason‘s team is led by redshirt sophomore quarterback Johnny McCrary, who has thrown for 1,251 yards and five touchdowns on the season. McCrary has also rushed for 160 yards and a pair of scores.
Can the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Decatur, Georgia native lead his team to an “upset?”
We hate to say it but, “yes.” He can. And we think he will …
Here’s a funny “preview …”
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Vandy has always been, and will always be, that dangerous team in the SEC that shows up to even ranked teams, and if they don’t beat ’em, they loss by less than a touch down.
We will see what we will see. I remember a season a few years ago when a loudmouthed, long haired “punk from Pennsylvania” turned things around and went on to set the school record in completions and touchdowns.
If he’s done anything outstanding since he left (not graduated) USC, it took him a long time to do so.
Just as USC fans chanted “Rodney”. I vividly remember chanting “Taneyhill” the next year as he continued to be pushed back into his own end zone.
The Battle for the Basement
All this heartache and pain can easily be avoided. Come. Join us in the Orange, White, and Regalia. It’s just plain better over here. Traditions, winning, awesome campus and fans.You can root for a coach that genuinely cares about his players, fans, his coaches, and school and doesn’t care about what the media says, nay-sayers, or money.
You can still be like your former leader and follow the Ole Ball Sack on Quiter. Return the favor to USC. Quit on that sad school in the middle of the state. Be a Tiger, not a chicken.
This guys gets it.
Old southern families in South Carolina sent their sons to South Carolina College in Columbia or to Europe for their education. The student body and most of the faculty joined the Confederate army in 1861. The campus was an army hospital until Columbia was burned in 1865. Later in the century, Clemson was founded for poor farmers and animal breeders, emulating Mississippi State, so their unpolished sons could attend a school with fewer social restrictions. Clemson has done very well since it became a “University” in the 1960’s, but I think I will stick with the Gamecocks, thank you so very much.
TBG recommends that Sakerlina put all their focus on the instate rivalry game coming up.
With proper preparation and motivation…THEY. COULD. WIN.
If not, it will be like 1990 all over again.
If Climpsun should lose, oh, how many players will Dabo have to un-baptize?Would one put the linemen in an empty water trough and jerk them out and then pour water in after them? How does that work? Can you reverse the process? Will he bring enough troughs to Columbia? So many details.
TBG wasn’t talking about Clemson.
please explain to me like I’m a 5 year old, why you and everyone thinks that
Spurrier is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s left this team in
shambles. I’ve been in Columbia for over 30 years and this is as bad as I’ve
ever seen it. You and others seem to think it’s a quick fix issue. A new head
coach is going to arrive and with one wave of their hand it’s going to be all
better. Spurrier leaves the team in total disarray, and walks off with his
millions and people think he’s a god. Explain to me why you and other think he
is deserving of your admiration? I don’t get it. In his tenure here he had 3
good years, not great, (No SEC Titles, No BSC Games) but all that has been over
shadowed by last year, bad and this year, worse and next year, I don’t even
want to think it. The chance of winning four of the last games (just to somehow
be bowl eligible) is a daunting task at best and impossible at worse. He walked
out on the team, and yall praise him for what he did. What exactly did he do?
He’s destroyed the team and the future for at least 3 to 5 years. I’m a student
of Collage Ball and you and other need to face the facts, Carolina is NOT the
USC, It’s Not Michigan, It’s not Bama and the recruits aren’t going to flock
here just because of the past. That’s why I just don’t understand you
championing Spurrier like you have.
Please keep in mind it’s only college football. If I had to guess, you haven’t had much formal education.