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Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:57 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 1:57 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

SOUTH CAROLINA WILL WIN IF: They can manage any kind of running game in the absence of Marcus Lattimore. The only fully healthy tailback on the Gamecock roster is freshman Brandon Wilds, who started the season on the fifth string. Wilds looked competent against Mississippi State in emergency duty but will no doubt need help--most likely from Bruce Ellington in Wildcat sets and from Connor Shaw himself on the zone read option and other quarterback keepers. (Though not known for mobility, Shaw has totaled 70 yards rushing in his two starts--and that's after removing sack yardage.) Shaw looked more than a little uneasy in the pocket against the Bulldogs and that was with Lattimore around; if Steve Spurrier can't find some sort of offensive balance, it seems unlikely Shaw's ready to quarterback the Gamecocks to a road SEC win singlehandedly.

TENNESSEE WILL WIN IF: Justin Worley is ready. Derek Dooley proved once again this week he isn't scared of rolling the dice, naming the true freshman the Vols' starting quarterback even after the veteran Matt Simms showed some command of the offense against Alabama. If Worley can hack it, the Vols will have a lot going for them: the backing of the Neyland Stadium home crowd, a previously moribund running game that inexplicably found its footing against LSU and Alabama behind tailback Tauren Poole, the abundant question marks on the Carolina offense, and a defense that for all its second-half woes did keep the Tide entirely in check for a half. But none of that will matter if Worley completes more passes the ball-hawking Gamecock secondary (fifth in the FBS with 14 picks) than he does to his own receivers, and a Carolina pass rush featuring Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney won't make things easy on him.

THE X-FACTOR: Neyland. It's been a house of horrors for opponents in the past -- particularly ones quarterbacked by, say, a sophomore making just his second road start without his All-American running back security blanket -- but the recent downturn in the Vols' fortunes has left a lot of unhappy customers in the crowd, dulling UT's formerly fearsome holme-field advantage. If Dooley's team can get out to a fast start and engage the orange masses, Shaw may not be able to get the boulder rolling back in the other direction. If a slow start brings out the boo-birds, though, it's Worley who might wind up wishing he was somewhere very different.

Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 12:00 am
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Yeah....and if frogs had wings they wouldn't hit their arses every time they jumped.  Woulda coulda shoulda never won a football game.  Just take your medicine like a good boy.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

HAHA!!  Not much to say there.....But, i do know this.  Your lamecocks looked very bad versus a subpar TN team that is hurting in Injuries.  I cant wait until next year as long as we can keep our players on the field.  Shit happens and This year, you guys came away with the win.  Ill give it to you.  But its not like you killed us.  14 points?  Rodgers missed a wide open touchdown which would have put us up 10-0 early.  Im sure you were on the edge of your seat thinking, damn, this TN guy was right.  If we had our starting Linebacker playing, no way Wilds ruuns for 100 yards.  Period.  Good luck trying to finish out that cupcake schedule to make it to the SEC championship.  We both know thats not going to happen.  You guys get slaughtered in Fayettville this weekend.  UGA wins the East.  Hate to see the game between you and the gators.  They are going to smoke yall.  And i hate them more than i hate your lamecocks



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:42 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Saturday is just around the corner.  We shall see if you come back to visit this post on Sunday!  Cause Ill sure have something to say! Win or lose.
*chirp chirp*




Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Well, well, well.  A prognosticator you are not.  As I said, Tennessee has no offense and our young back Wilds had over 130 yards rushing and the team over 200.  The great Worley was 10 of 26 with 0 TDs and 2 INTs.  That's why South Carolina could care less that he wasn't recruited.  Maybe next year you can let him play at Williams Brice.  We'll be waiting.  Enjoyed the game.  You are still a goose egg in conference wins.  Good luck getting bowl eligible.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 9:23 am
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

For a team that has no offense, I'll be waiting for you when the our band storms off the field after the game like they did last time we beat  lost to you in Knoxville.  Keep on dreaming.


There, I fixed it for you!!!  GO VOLS!!!



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Altho Shaw has the advantage because of experience, but that doesnt going to mean he can lead a team to a lot of victories. If Worley can hand off the ball and it gets 1st downs left and right, HE is the winner. UTs defense has played well vs the run. Bottom line, UT can run and and play the run, SC is struggling. UT by 3 (wony be surprised if SC wins by 20)



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

For a team that has no offense, I'll be waiting for you when the band storms off the field after the game like they did last time we beat you in Knoxville.  Keep on dreaming.



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 9:50 am
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Dude, you are a nutcase.  Who the heck has SC beat?  Georgia?  haha, they gave you that game more than you beat them.  Everyone knows that too.  They hung 42 points on that almighty D of yours, while we held them to 20.  Past Dominance is just a fact which is why i brought it to your attention.  Saturday is just around the corner.  We shall see if you come back to visit this post on Sunday!  Cause Ill sure have something to say! Win or lose.  Oh, and yeah, my name calling makes me so immature.  Its called a sense of humor, how about you get one.  I know that Worley was a 3 star recruit.  Here listen to this interview and see about how Spurrier says his scout coaches should have recruited Worley and he doesnt know why they didnt. 


I dont have any argument that i need to support.  What i said are facts, although you cant be happy about it.  Here is a fact for you.  SC is what, 6-1?  Last time they were even remotely close to othat record, they lost their last 4 or 5 games.  You guys are choke artists.  At least we are rebuilding.  Call it an excuse or whatever you want, but after this year, we will finally have a team that WILL compete for the full game.  Its all speculation at this point, but when you have a program like Tennessee that takes a couple bad hits, its only a matter of time before they get back to national prominence.  Enjoy the rest of your week, as it looks as though you are in for a rough weekend.  Have fun joining us outside the top 25. 

Oh, and i read your article.  Good thing its not a biased south carolina website!  Oh, wait, it is.  Why wouldnt he hype up Clowney and make him seem like God??  His job is to make you read his article, and it worked.  Now, im not downing Clowney, cause he is a beast.  He will be playing on Sundays.  I can see that.  But Worley didnt seem to do as bad as you think he did.  8 of 14 for 109 yds.  Looks like he threw an interception.  So, one bad game means he sucks?  Tyler Bray had a horrible spring game, throwing 5 for 30.  Before getting hurt for the year and without his top reciever Justin Hunter, he managed to throw for 14 TDs and 2 Ints.  It led the nation up until he was hurt.  Again, glad to know that you are such an expert.  Oh, and Worley did throw for a touchdown, it just wasnt for his own team!!!  ha.



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

Wow!!  That's a lot of talk for a team that has beat nobody.  If you think Simms looked bad against Alabama, I welcome Worley to South Carolina's pass defense, which ranks ahead of Alabama.  The guy has yet to throw a pass in college and things happen a lot faster than Rock Hill high school football.  There's a reason Worley wasn't recruited by Clemson or South Carolina.  His mechanics need a lot of work.  He was only a 3 star recruit coming out of high school and ranked 30th of all pro-style quarterbacks and 19th in the South Carolina rankings.  My concern is pretty much nil when it comes to Worley.  As for Worley owning Jadeveon Clowney....here's an article you really must read:  Worley was the only quarterback at the Shrine Bowl who didn't pass for a touchdown.  Clowney, of course, ruled the day.

Oh, it's sure nice of you to question my intelligence when you back it with zilch....and the namecalling....that's a sign of lack of maturity.  Tennessee's strength of schedule is only where it is because they continue to get rolled over by any team that has any talent.  It will go down considerably with 3 of the last 4 at Middle Tennessee, Vandy, and Kentucky....although Vandy could even beat Tennessee this year.  Playing OK for a half is modest, but the final result is what fans read about in the paper.  Relying on past performance, is likewise, of no relevance, but that's what fans do when they have nothing else to support an argument.  Even with the injuries to South Carolina, beating Tennessee won't be a problem.  It's good that you are a positive thinker though.  Negativity is a downer.  Now go on and put on your orange pants and wave your pom poms around for a half before you and the rest of the fans start filing out of Neyland Stadium. 



Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Keys to the Game: South Carolina at Tennessee

As for Worley, Gatorade Player of the year doesn't equal much when you are third string on your college team and are playing against one of the best pass defenses in the NCAA.

He was only thrid string so we could keep the redshirt on him.  Bray was expected to be the starter this year and next year, and as good as a pro prospect he looks to be, he is most likely gone to the NFL after next year.  But after he got hurt and Simms sucked it up, we decided we may be able to salvage a decent season with Worley rather than dealing withi the consistent off nights Simms has EVERY game!  

The only embarrassment that Worley will cause is to his own team.  If I were him, I would do exactly what he did against Alabama.....keep handing the ball off to his running back. That is the only way Tennessee has any chance of winning the game.

I love the way you seem to already know the outcome of this game.  So how long did you play college ball for?  Make it to the pro level?  I doubt you graduated high school, or maybe you are still an underclassmen.  The only embarassment in this conversation is you.  Your mother is awfully disappointed in you son.    

You are insane if you think Tennessee has any chance of winning 7 or 8 games, to include a possible bowl win, even with their ridiculously weak schedule.

Its VERY feasible that Tennessee wins 7 or 8 games.  Ole Miss almost beat Arkansas which means they are beatable, even by a rebuilding team.  And yes, we are light years ahead of Ole Miss.  and as i previously stated, we have a good chance at beating SC.  Have you watched you guys play?  I think its worse than us.  You just have that spurrier experience.  Worley owned Clowney in High School and that doesnt change Saturday.  Weak schedule??  I checked that last week and we are at #11 SOS.  We played UGA, LSU, BAMA, and now your mighty lamecocks.  All of them are currently ranked in the top 25 and we dont have an off week to get ready like you guys do for us, and we still have to play Arkansas.  So on the subject of weak schedules, you should shush it.  SC SOS is 28.  We stuck it out with the top 2 teams in the nation for the first half in both of those games.  For a team with alot of youth and injuries, that says something.  It also means that we are making progress.  Sure, the W is what counts, but we cant all expect to have undefeated seasons.  You should shut that toilet you call a mouth and go back to your after school class.  Just so you know, SC has only won one time in Knoxville in the history of the series.  With Worley starting, it seems like you guys will have to wait until '13 to get your next chance.


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