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Bryant attracted the attention he did because of where he came from. Despite what you think, he’s not the second coming. After riding the bench behind Watson, he finally earned a starting spot only to get replaced by a true freshman. In the only game he played in that really mattered - 2018 national championship- he was dreadful. 50% completion rate and 2 INTs. No TDs. He’s a good runner but a “meh” passer. You’ll learn that soon enough, though I doubt you’ll admit it. His incredible supporting cast made him look better than he really is. Now he’a gone from arguably the most talented offense in the county to Mizzou. It’s like trading down from driving a Lamborghini to driving a Mustang. Sure, it’ll get you where you want in a hurry, but it ain’t nearly the same thing.
He’s probably finally figured out that Kelly Bryant isn’t nearly as good as Clemson made him look, and he’s realized that he has a decent shot at passing him on the depth chart.
They’ll go 6-6 with losses to Bama, UGA, Fl, TAMU, Clemson, and KY (until they actually beat KY, I’m counting it as a loss going forward). I don’t think they lose to Mizzou. Mizzou really isn’t all that good a team, and SCar has had their number in the Muschamp era. The magic left with Drew Lock, and Kelly Bryant isn’t the answer. I’ll eat my words with my crow if I’m wrong.
Drew Lock, and not Dooley, put up big numbers last year, and now the Drew Lock express has left the station. Don’t expect Bryant to come anywhere close to duplicating them. He’s not working with Clemson talent anymore, and he was never a very good passer to begin with.
Yeah, you lost everyone with the whole “the East is going to be better than the West again this year.” Mizzou had a pretty good season last year. Heck, it was a lot better than I expected, but since you’re in the mood to talk about teams other than Mizzou, let’s. Mizzou is 1-11 against UGA, KY, and SCar over the last three seasons. All three have been recruiting exponentially better than Mizzou - consistently, and all three have much better coaching staffs. Don’t expect Mizzou to win more than one out of three against those same teams this year. Also, while you point out that SCar is 5-4 against Mizzou all-time, SCar is 5-2 against them since the Tigers joined the conference (with Mizz’s only two wins coming against a gamecocks team that went 3-5 and 1-4 in conference play for those respective years). Last year’s close gamecocks’ win was against the best QB and offense Mizzou will field for a very long time while SCar was already experiencing the injury bug on defense (and, let’s not forget, they also pulled a former 3-star backup QB off the bench to start for an injured Bentley (just for the record, Scarnecchia was ranked the 82nd pro-style QB in the country during his recruiting cycle and only had a handful of attempted passes during garbage-time before he shredded Mizzou’s secondary). South Carolina’s schedule is brutal, and they’ll be lucky to get any more than six wins out of it, but, rest assured, one of them will be against Mizzou.
He loves it at Mizzou because Mizzou recruits like, well, Mizzou, and for that reason alone there’s no way he’ll lose his starting job to a freshman. He had a lot of success at Clemson before he lost his job, but that was Clemson (and I don’t know if you’ve realized it or not, but they’re more than just a “smidge” better team top to bottom than Mizzou). That’s not to say he won’t have success at Mizzou - they have a very favorable schedule this season, but don’t put the cart before the horse. The same teams that have given Mizzou fits are back on the schedule and getting better.
For South Carolina fans, it feels much longer than that. Wait, shouldn’t he still be in highschool?
I rarely agree with Wolfman, but he has a point. Mizzou’s offense isn’t really built for a Kelly Bryant-type player. Mizzou already has a solid run game to build on next season without a run first QB. They need a gun-slinger which Bryant isn’t. He also had a heck of a supporting cast at Clemson to make him look a lot better than he really is.
South Carolina, who just got blanked by UVA, looked better against Clemson than Alabama does. Just sayin...
Oh please... ...LSU not only had to compete with mostly backups on defense, but they also had to compete against the ACC officiating crew that was trying its hardest to give the game to UCF. The refs pretty much gave UCF 14 points.
Adam, looks like a Mizzou home game crowd. To answer your question on why the game is being played 1) a win guarantees a winning record and 2) it’s a developemental game. All those young players being forced into early playing time will benefit from the experience.
Hey Joe, not to take away from Kentucky’s thrashing of a 2-win Louisville team, but there were far better and more worthy offensive performances yesterday against much better defenses.
I honestly felt, going into this game, that Clemson would hang 70 or more points on SCar, so anything less than that was pleasantly surprising. That the Gamecocks would absolutely light up the Clemson secondary and hold that front seven to just two sacks, well, that was nothing short of astonishing. Imagine if SCar had a half competent defense... whether it’s UGA or Bama who gets Clemson in playoff, the tigers are gonna get it handed to them.
Why? They’re 3-4 in conference and 5th ranked overall in the East.
TN will be bowl eligible by this time next weekend.
Congratulations, SicEm. You can both read and infer.
I think you’re being a tad harsh. While SCar’s defense is far from great or even good, it’s still adequate for 3 of the last 4 of their remaining games. Clemson will beat the brakes off of them; however, their D should have zero problems with either Chatt or Akron, and it should be good enough to give them a puncher’s chance against Fl’s offense. Ole Miss is gonna score some points. Even with the Reb’s games against Alabama and LSU factored in, they’re averaging more than 40 points a game. After watching yesterday’s game, I’m most surprised that Jake Bentley and his inconsistent offense actually won a shootout. That’s got to give Gamecock fans something to feel good about.
Connor, bro, we get it. You have a man-crush on Drew Lock. It’s all cool. Nobody cares. That doesn’t mean you have to keep pretending he’s an elite talent. He folds like a cheap suit in conference play, has since his freshman year.
Um, there’s really no difference between last year’s Mizzou and this year’s Mizzou. Both were/are horrible against teams with a pulse. Florida should win this game easily. Lock’s averaging .25 TDs a game in conference play, and that includes a game against a pretty “meh” South Carolina where his prettiest pass was a pick six. Mizzou’s gonna likely end up 2-6 in conference play.
What a dope. “Arkansas might need to score 50 to hang with Drew Lock and company.” Really, nobody else in conference has. 1 touchdown in four games. The best part about the Arkansas/Mizzou game is at least one of them will have a conference win.
The Mizzou / Drew Lock love is strong with this one. Still ranked #8 after zero wins in conference play and about to add another loss next week.
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I don’t think I can count on both hands and both feet how many ridiculous Wolfman posts I’ve read re: praising the Dooley hire despite his record of being nothing less than a horrible coach with a known history of CFB horribleness. Well, Wolfie, are you ready to admit that you were wrong and the other 99.9 percent of us were right? Dooley’s horrible, Lock’s a big game bust, and the future outlook is even worse- despite your take on recruiting- unless, that is, Odom and the rest get the boot.
Can we drop the “young quarterback” narrative at this point? He’s a junior, and he wasn’t really even young when he was “supposed to be playing in his state championship game.” He was an OAF high school senior. The best solution for his struggles is to watch a couple of games from the bench.
While that’s true, I think the Vols will get one game closer to that magic number this weekend. SCar’s been mostly unimpressive, especially on offense.
If you look at his career numbers vs SEC opponents (actually most P5 opponents for that matter), he’s pretty mediocre. He gets the benefit of playing a full four quarters against weaker opponents since Mizzou has had Swiss cheese for a defense the last few seasons resulting in his video game numbers. He’s 7-20 in SEC play and now has only SEC games left in this season to improve on his 1 TD to five INT ratio.
Yeah, another stat padding game for Lock against one of the worst pass defenses in the country. Mizzou - still winless in conference play. Seven total SEC wins in the last 4 years.