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But says we are a legitimate national title contender. What?
This post was edited by jbarn03 10 months ago
Phil Steele is really losing his legtimacy. I know none of these pre-season magazines will be the perfect prediciton but when he has teams like us, A&M, UF, LSU and even Clemson clear outside the top 10 it's hard for me to take this seriously. It will be ineresting to see who he has top 10 and I'm glad he has it online because I'm not buying this trash.
SOS says he thinks we're #9 or #10. He discounted the Sporting News' ranking of us at #3 because, he said, we lose too many playmakers and leaders on defense.
Regardless of what you think of Steele's predictions, his magazine is a must for serious college football fans because of all the records and statistics it contains. I refer to it all season long, right through the bowl games.
This post was edited by Kelso Red 10 months ago
Quote from Phil's writeup:
They were 11-2 and finished #9 (in '11). It was the 2nd year in a row they swept
their biggest 4 rivals (UF, GA, Tenn and Clem). LY SC opened
#9 and finished #8. They got as high as #3 (highest s/'84) after
knocking off #5 GA. A tough schedule got the best of them as
their only 2 losses came in their 2nd and 3rd gms of a brutal 3
game stretch (3 Top 10 tms). SC opened vs Vandy. QB Shaw
was inj'd and bkp Thompson struggled but they still escaped,
17-13. Thompson led a 48-10 win over EC then Shaw ret'd
vs UAB and they won 49-6 (Spurrier's 200th win). Shaw had
20 straight comp in their 31-10 win vs Missouri. They trailed
Kentucky 17-7 but UK blew an opp at the end of 1H not even
getting a fg off from the 3 yd line. SC scored 10 pts in the final
minutes and won by 21. SC obliterated UGA (led 21-0 after 1Q)
but at #3, in their 2nd str tough game and in Death Valley vs a
desperate #9 LSU, they were outgained 406-211 and lost 23-21.
They had a 3rd str tough game, on the road in "The Swamp" and
TO's did them in. SC had a 103-29 yd edge at half but trailed
21-6 and 37-8 after 3Q's. Tenn gave them a game but SC won
38-35. SC then beat Ark and Wofford and were outgained by
Clem 237-188 at the half (trailed 14-10) but rallied for a 27-17
win. In the bowl they rallied again getting a late td pass in the
final seconds to pull out a 33-28 win over Michigan. TY SC is
just #96 in my Exp Chart (pg 37). The Gamecocks do catch a
break being the only one of the top 3 in the East not to face
Bama, LSU or A&M. SC has 2 capable QB's and should top
300 ypg passing for the first time under Spurrier. The D loses
6 key starters but returns Jadeveon Clowney. They get UF and
Clemson at home and figure to be an underdog in only one game
and that is Wk 2 at UGA, a team they have defeated 3 straight
years. SC is a legitimate National Title Contender.
I'm curious as to what records as statistics you find so valuable that makes this magazine a must read. Not trying to come off as a jerk, but can I not just find all that stuff online?
Take a look at his second South Carolina page. He does those stats for every team. Yes, you could find it online, but you would have to do a bunch of searching.
Anyway, even though Steele has his misses, I think he's one of the better analysts out there.
He picked us 18 last year. Take that for what it's worth. He will never pick us high.
"Those who live in the past are cowards and losers" -- Mike Ditka
It was 23.
He picked us to win the SEC East a few years ago, but we went into a late season swoon and finished 7-5. So he may be wary of picking us too high.
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