What did you expect?
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I know a lot of folks like to go through schedules, game-by-game, and pick results. I avoid it. Theres simply no way of knowing whats going to happen after the first game, with injuries, trends, etc., to sit there in August and pick a score for a game in late November.
What I like to do is group the games of the season into three categories Should Win, Should Lose and Flex. Naturally, there are a lot of Flex games from year to year and this season is no exception.
Yes, the Commodores arent your daddys Commodores, but they lost a good chunk of talent and its a home game.
The Wildcats are loading up on talent for next year (Woodruffs Blake Bone committed on Tuesday), but this year, eeep.
Perhaps Ill change my mind when this game gets closer, but despite all the talk about how Missouri isnt shocked by the SEC anymore, and even being on the road, I dont see USC losing this game, or even USC maybe losing this game. Another reason why is explained in the Should Lose section.
Remember when the Bulldogs began 7-0 last year? Me neither.
Trap, looking ahead, whatever. No way the Gamecocks lose this (although it could be close, as these in-state non-con games sometimes are).
I know its presumptuous to say that they should lose this game, but I look at how the Gamecocks have hardly ever played well at Arkansas, and the fact that they could very well start 5-0 (thus triggering the thought of, Whens the toe-stubbing going to happen?), and see this as a loss. The way I look at it, its the game that gets them re-focused on finishing their business. Missouri follows two weeks after.
Two things the Tar Heels explosive offense going against a defense thats filling holes in the middle, and USCs lousy history in opening games. I just cant pick it as a definite win, although I think USC will win.
In Athens, big-time offense, Bulldogs could be feeling the need to win if theyve already dropped their opener. I think a lot depends on how well Georgia plays against Clemson to start the season. USCs winning streak has to end sometime.
Its an unknown, really. Nobodys talking about this game because of the first two. Who knows what lurks in the heart of George OLeary?
Hey, Dave, you said that the Arkansas loss would re-focus USC and Tennessee follows Arkansas so whats going on? Its on the road, its against a team that is also learning under a new coach. I think USC will win, but I cant pick it as a definite. If Justin Worley is the starter for this game, Id put it in the Should Win category (boy just doesnt like playing some of the guys that are currently at USC), but theres no guarantee of that.
Could be for the SEC East. The defense remains stout. The offense isnt great but if this game is for the East, Xs and Os go out the window.
Streak has to end sometime. I personally dont think it will, because it should come down to what its come down to the last four years strength up front. USC has it. Clemson doesnt. But its a long time until Nov. 30.
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