Gamecocks Claim Third Consecutive State Championship

November 27, 2011

South Carolina takes down Clemson 34-13

The South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2) defeated the Clemson Tigers (9-3) 34-13 Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium, giving the Gamecocks the first three game winning streak in the series since the late 1960s.

Connor Shaw rushed for over 100 yards and three for three touchdowns in the rout of the Tigers.

The Gamecocks defense sacked Tigers’ QB Tajh Boyd five times, limiting him to 11-of-29 passing, for 83 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

“We were hoping to play our best game of the year and we probably did,” said Spurrier.  “Defense was sensational all night; great effort.  Offensively we did enough good things here and there to run for over 200 yards and pass for the exact (same) amount.  That’s sort of our formula for winning.”

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney was disappointed by the way his team played Saturday, especially ahead of next week’s ACC Championship Game.

“Everything is coaching.  It is on me, simple as that.  It starts with me,” said Swinney.  “I love my players, they practice hard, prepare hard.  We are not doing a very good job of coaching right now, and that is on me.”

In the first half, both teams played pretty evenly, however Clemson had a hard time containing Shaw.  That changed in the second half.

Another key in this game was the less-than-stellar play from Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.  Watkins finished the game with four receptions for 39 yards.

Gamecocks’ Assistant Head Coach Ellis Johnson said that he did not believe the speedy freshman phenom was healthy.

The Gamecocks were successful on two of the three keys from this afternoon’s show.

The Gamecocks did allow a few big plays on special teams, including a blocked punt and a long return.  Grade:  C-

The Gamecocks did a good job of getting pressure on Boyd, and forcing him to make plays.  Grade:  B

The biggest key was controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.  The Gamecocks were able to get lots of pressure on Boyd, and opened up big holes in the running game for both Kenny Miles and Shaw.  Grade:  A-

The Gamecocks now wait to find out which bowl they might go to (shameless plug:  we’ll post our bowl predictions tomorrow night), but it is looking more like the Cotton Bowl.

Clemson plays in the ACC Championship Game next week against Virginia Tech for a chance to go to the Orange Bowl.

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Game Predictions on November 26th

November 26, 2011

College Football

Last Week: 22-6
Overall: 241-71

#7 Boise State over Wyoming
#9 Oklahoma over Iowa State
#23 Georgia Tech over #13 Georgia
#14 Michigan State over Northwestern
#15 Michigan over Ohio State
North Carolina State over Maryland
Tennessee over Kentucky
Nevada over Utah State
#2 Alabama over #24 Auburn
#5 Virginia Tech over Virginia
#6 Stanford over #22 Notre Dame
#10 Oregon over Oregon State
#12 South Carolina over #17 Clemson…SC 34-21
#16 Wisconsin over #19 Penn State
#18 Baylor over Texas Tech
North Carolina over Duke
Vanderbilt over Wake Forest
Florida State over Florida
Mississippi State over Ole Miss
Washington over Washington State
Hawaii over Tulane
Louisiana-Lafayette over Arizona

NFL:

Last Week: 12-1
Overall: 104-52

Falcons over Vikings
Bengals over Browns
Buccaneers over Titans
Panthers over Colts
Cardinals over Rams
Jets over Bills
Texans over Jaguars
Raiders over Bears
Seahawks over Redskins
Patriots over Eagles
Broncos over Chargers
Steelers over Chiefs
Saints over Giants


2011-12 Bowl Predictions Week of November 21st

November 21, 2011

New Mexico Bowl; Albuqurque, New Mexico, December 17th, 2 pm, ESPN

San Diego State vs. Illinois

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; Boise, Idaho; December 17th, 5:30 pm, ESPN

Louisiana Tech vs. Temple

New Orleans Bowl; New Orleans, Louisiana; December 17th, 9 pm, ESPN

Syracuse vs. Louisiana-Lafayette*

Beef O’Brady’s Bowl; St. Petersburg, Florida; December 20th, 8 pm, ESPN

Pittsburgh vs. East Carolina

Poinsettia Bowl; San Diego, California; December 21st, 8 pm, ESPN

Boise State vs. Nevada

Maaco Bowl; Las Vegas, Nevada; December 22nd, 8 pm, ESPN

TCU vs. Washington

Hawaii Bowl; Honolulu, Hawaii; December 24th, 8 pm, ESPN

UTEP vs. Utah State

Independence Bowl; Shreveport, Louisiana; December 26th, 5 pm, ESPN2

North Carolina State vs. Wyoming

Little Caesars Bowl; Detroit, Michigan, December 27th, 4:30 pm, ESPN

Northwestern vs. Northern Illinois

Belk Bowl; Charlotte, North Carolina; December 27th, 8 pm, ESPN

Florida State vs. West Virginia

Military Bowl; Washington D.C.; December 28th, 4:30 pm, ESPN

Air Force vs. Toledo

Holiday Bowl; San Diego, California; December 28th, 8 pm, ESPN

Texas A&M vs. California

Champs Sports Bowl; Orlando, Florida; December 29th, 5:30 pm, ESPN

Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Alamo Bowl; San Antonio, Texas; December 29th, 9 pm, ESPN

Baylor vs. Utah

Armed Forces; Fort Worth, Texas; December 30th, 12 pm, ESPN

SMU vs. BYU*

Pinstripe Bowl; New York, New York; December 30th, 3:20 pm, ESPN

Cincinnati vs. Missouri

Music City Bowl; Nashville, Tennessee; December 30th, 6:40 pm, ESPN

North Carolina vs. Vanderbilt

Insight Bowl; Tempe, Arizona; December 30th, 10 pm, ESPN

Texas vs. Nebraska

Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl; Houston, Texas; December 31st, 12 pm, ESPN

Iowa State vs. Ohio State

Sun Bowl; El Paso, Texas; December 31st, 2 pm, CBS

Arizona State vs. Virginia

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl; San Francisco, California; December 31st, 3:30 pm, ESPN

UCLA vs. Wake Forest

Liberty Bowl; Memphis, Tennessee; December 31st, 3:30 pm, ABC

Southern Miss vs. Mississippi State

Chick-fil-A Bowl; Atlanta, Georgia; December 31st, 7:30 pm, ESPN

Georgia Tech vs. Auburn

TicketCity Bowl; Dallas, Texas; January 2nd, 12 pm, ESPNU

Iowa vs. Tulsa

Capital One Bowl; Orlando, Florida; January 2nd, 1 pm, ESPN

Michigan State vs. Arkansas

Gator Bowl; Jacksonville, Florida; January 2nd, 1 pm, ESPN2

Florida vs. Penn State

Outback Bowl; Tampa, Florida; January 2nd, 1 pm, ABC

Michigan vs. Georgia

Cotton Bowl; Arlington, Texas; January 6th, 8 pm, FOX

Oklahoma vs. South Carolina

BBVA Compass Bowl; Birmingham, Alabama; January 7th, 1 pm, ESPN

Louisville vs. Florida International

GoDaddy.com Bowl; Mobile, Alabama; January 8th, 9 pm, ESPN

Arkansas State* vs. Ohio

BCS Games:

Rose Bowl; Pasadena, California; January 2nd, 5 pm, ESPN

Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Fiesta Bowl; Glendale, Arizona; January 2nd, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Oklahoma State vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl; New Orleans, Louisiana; January 3rd, 8:30 pm, ESPN

Kansas State vs. Houston

Orange Bowl; Miami, Florida; January 4th, 8 pm, ESPN

Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers

BCS National Championship Game; New Orleans, Louisiana; January 9th, 8:30 pm, ESPN

LSU vs. Alabama

*Indicates school already accepted bowl


Rapid Fire Picks for November 19th

November 19, 2011

College Football:
Last Week: 20-5
Overall: 219-65

#1 LSU over Ole Miss
#3 Alabama over Georgia Southern
#4 Oregon over USC
#5 Oklahoma over #22 Baylor
#6 Arkansas over Mississippi State
#7 Clemson over North Carolina State
#9 Stanford over California
#10 Boise State over San Diego State
#11 Houston over SMU
#12 South Carolina over The Citadel…63-9
#13 Kansas State over #23 Texas
#14 Georgia over Kentucky
#15 Michigan State over Indiana
#18 Michigan over #15 Nebraska
#17 Wisconsin over Illinois
#19 TCU over Colorado State
Ohio State over #21 Penn State
#24 Auburn over Samford
Virginia over #25 Florida State
Florida over Furman
Vanderbilt over Tennessee
Georgia Tech over Duke
Wake Forest over Maryland
South Florida over Miami (FL)
Notre Dame over Boston College
Rutgers over Cincinnati
Missouri over Texas Tech
Wyoming over New Mexico

NFL:
Last Week: 8-7
Overall: 92-51

Browns over Jaguars
Lions over Panthers
Packers over Buccaneers
Dolphins over Bills
Raiders over Vikings
Cowboys over Redskins
Ravens over Bengals
Seahawks over Rams
49ers over Cardinals
Falcons over Titans
Bears over Chargers
Giants over Eagles
Patriots over Chiefs


Rapid Fire Picks for November 12th

November 12, 2011

Other site is still not allowing me to post, so the picks are here for the third straight week.

College Football:

Last Week: 19-9
Overall: 199-60

#1 LSU over Western Kentucky
#2 Oklahoma State over Texas Tech
#3 Alabama over Mississippi State
#4 Stanford over #7 Oregon
#5 Boise State over TCU
#8 Arkansas over Tennessee
#9 Clemson over Wake Forest
#19 Nebraska over #12 Penn State
#13 South Carolina over Florida…28-17
#14 Kansas State over Texas A&M
#15 Georgia over #20 Auburn
Missouri over #16 Texas
#17 Michigan State over Iowa
#18 Wisconsin over Minnesota
#22 Southern Miss over UCF
West Virginia over #23 Cincinnati
#24 Michigan over Illinois
#25 Baylor over Kansas
North Carolina State over Boston College
Virginia over Duke
Florida State over Miami (FL)
Notre Dame over Maryland
Vanderbilt over Kentucky
Ole Miss over Louisiana Tech
Ohio State over Purdue

NFL:

Last Week: 7-6
Overall: 84-44

Saints over Falcons
Steelers over Bengals
Browns over Rams
Cowboys over Bills
Colts over Jaguars
Chiefs over Broncos
Dolphins over Redskins
Eagles over Cardinals
Texans over Buccaneers
Panthers over Titans
Ravens over Seahawks
Bears over Lions
49ers over Giants
Patriots over Jets
Packers over Vikings


Paterno Fired as Penn State’s Coach

November 10, 2011

The Penn State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to fire Joe Paterno as the school’s football coach, amid allegations of a child sex scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  Defensive Coordinator Tom Bradley will take over immediately.

Paterno announced earlier today that he would retire at the end of the season, saying that he wishes he could of handled this situation better.  The Penn State Board of Trustees opted to make a change more immediate.

Paterno has been the Nittany Lions coach since 1966, winning 406 games and two national championships at the school.

The question now becomes will the 84-year-old be made the scapegoat for one of the biggest scandals in sports history.

There is no doubt that his legacy is tarnished.  Known for running a clean program, it all changed with the allegations and felony charges against Sandusky.

To keep it short and simple, should Paterno leave as a result of this, a scandal that has also cost the school’s president and athletics director to lose their jobs?  Yes.

However, for a coach that put the school on the map, they should have made it on his terms.  Make the decision appear his own, where he could ride out into the sunset in what would end up being his final game this week against Nebraska, if the university did not want him to coach anymore.

Instead, this scandal and Penn State’s poor handling of the scandal from the beginning, will haunt this university for many years.  It will not be easy to recover from this.

Shameless plug:  For more on this topic, be sure to join us on Saturday morning at 8 am on WUSC.  We’ll also tackle the rest of the college football and NFL schedule, although it all takes a backseat this week.  The terrible and unthinkable actions of Sandusky and Penn State’s handling of the entire scandal.


Rapid Fire Picks for November 5th

November 5, 2011

College Football:

Last Week: 16-8
Overall: 180-51

Top 25, based on BCS Standings:
#2 Alabama over #1 LSU
#3 Oklahoma State over #14 Kansas State
#4 Stanford over Oregon State
#5 Boise State over UNLV
#6 Oklahoma over Texas A&M
#9 South Carolina over #7 Arkansas…I’m sticking with the pick from the beginning of the year, SC 49-17
#8 Oregon over Washington…could be a trap game for the Ducks
#10 Nebraska over Northwestern
#13 Houston over UAB
#15 Michigan over Iowa
#17 Michigan State over Minnesota
#18 Georgia over New Mexico State
#19 Arizona State over UCLA
#20 Wisconsin over Purdue
#21 Texas over Texas Tech
#24 West Virginia over Louisville
#25 Southern Miss over East Carolina

SEC:
Florida over Vanderbilt…close
Ole Miss over Kentucky…first to score might win this game
Tennessee over Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State over Tennessee-Martin

ACC:
Virginia over Maryland
North Carolina over North Carolina State
Miami (FL) over Duke
Notre Dame over Wake Forest

Other Games:
SMU over Tulane
Troy over Navy
Air Force over Army

NFL

Last Week: 8-5
Overall: 77-38

Bills over Jets
Cowboys over Seahawks
Falcons over Colts
Chiefs over Dolphins
Saints over Buccaneers
49ers over Redskins
Texans over Browns
Raiders over Broncos
Patriots over Giants
Rams over Cardinals
Packers over Chargers
Steelers over Ravens
Bears over Eagles