Posted on: September 11, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 1:34 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
With Florida struggling against USF in the Swamp, the SEC division showdown between South Carolina and Georgia has taken on new importance. We have wondered who, if anyone, would knock the Gators off their throne as kings of the SEC East. Consider it premature, but the winner of Georgia and South Carolina will quickly place themselves in that discussion.
At half, South Carolina is leading Georgia 14-3 in a physical battle that has highlighted the talents of running backs Marcus Lattimore and Washan Ealey. Lattimore has been an absolute monster for South Carolina, rushing 21 times for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He showed flashes of his ability in their opener against Southern Miss, but this first half performance has been outstanding. Interesting that what looks to be one of Steve Spurrier's best teams at South Carolina is led by a running back. While Ealey has certainly been outdone in the first half, he has been solid on the ground for the Dawgs, rushing 11 times for 47 yards.
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:03 am
Posted by Adam Jacobi
Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Look out for how weather affects the high-powered offenses in South Bend.
No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms later
No. 12 Miami at No. 2 Ohio State: lower 70's, thunderstorms
No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:31 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 5:48 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Good news for Tennessee fans as they will get to see prized recruit Justin Hunter in the Vols season opener against Tennessee-Martin. Hunter was awaiting a decision from the NCAA Clearinghouse after being benched August 19 when an online summer class was called into question. Now cleared for the 2010 season, Hunter will begin his freshman campaign as the No. 2 receiver for the Volunteers.
One of Derek Dooley's first recruits, Hunter chose Tennessee over LSU late just weeks before National Signing Day. He has made quite the impression on the coaching staff this fall, and should have the opportunity to make an impact immediately. An Olympic caliber high-jumper with a 6-4 183 pound frame, it's hard to imagine he won't.
While it has long been expected, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that TE Weslye Saunders will not play in the Gamecocks opener on Thursday against Southern Miss. Saunders has been suspended since August 23 for matters unrelated to the current NCAA agent investigation, and Ol' Ball Coach reiterated his distaste for the matter to ESPN.com's Chris Low on Tuesday.
"He's not on the team. He won't play Thursday," Spurrier said.
His suspension is reportedly a result of lying to coaches about missed meetings as opposed to the open investigation regarding his trip to Miami and its funding. Either way, the senior tight end is not doing himself any favors in the eyes of the program by continuing his missteps.
Saunders might not end up being the only Gamecock with off-field issues, as Coach Spurrier is waiting to hear back from the NCAA regarding the misuse of hotel rooms by several South Carolina players.
Saunders, defensive backs Akeem Auguste and C.C. Whitlock could be facing punishment from the NCAA for their reduced-rate stay at a swanky Columbia hotel that lasted for months.