Yes, yes, the Cockabooster has largely taken the Dog Days off this year due to a family relocation and job change in my “real world” life. I have missed some golden material from Dabo and crew in the upstate barns but I will be remedying that shortly. So we are back and ready to go with football approaching and what better way to return than with my predictions for the Gamecocks this fall?
(Before I do that, let me say that I hope all fans, Clemson and Carolina alike, have been enjoying my friend Willy Powell’s blog, www.thetigerswag.com He has done a great job and we will start doing some joint articles in the future.)
Since I believe every word I just typed is accurate, why am I not predicting a parade and championships? Well, to be honest there is that old bugaboo that comes with the Southeastern Conference: the schedule. Now I know everyone outside of Athens has to play a tough conference schedule every year, but just because you have to accept playing it every year, it is still a factor when projecting wins and losses.
I think this Carolina squad is overall better than last year’s. Just my opinion, humble as always. Having said that, I have us at 9-3 when it is all said and done. Here is my breakdown:
Sure wins: ECU, UAB, Wofford, @Kentucky
Probably should lose: @LSU
Probably should win: @Vandy, Tennessee, Georgia
Swing games: Mizzou, Arkansas, @Florida, @Klimpsun
Most folks may switch a game or two around into other categories, but that’s about where the Gamecocks are in most people’s minds. I see us losing to LSU and losing one each of these sets of three:
1. Florida, Vandy and Clemson
2. Mizzou, Georgia and Arkansas
PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEW POLL TO THE RIGHT (TOP OF COLUMN). HOW MANY GAMES DO YOU THINK THE GAMECOCKS WILL WIN THIS YEAR?