South Carolina Gamecocks: What We Learned In Week 2, What To Look For In Week 3

By Scott Page
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) have some serious work to do on a defense that is, well, defensive, but not in the way that wins ball games. By defensive, I mean the assistant coaches nearly engaged in a fist fight during the 41-30 loss to Georgia (1-1, 1-0) and the unit’s best player – Jadeveon Clowney – defended his lack of production by calling out his coaches (sort of) for not putting him in a position to make plays.

As for on the field, they looked lost defensively. The Gamecocks’ defense, a mainstay of the team in recent seasons, was gutted by the Bulldogs. Georgia was proficient on the ground and through the air, racking up 536 total yards. That was the most a South Carolina defense has allowed since 2007 when Arkansas put up 651.

Even at 0-1 in SEC play, Carolina is by no means out of conference or national title contention. But there sure are plenty of problems on this team that need to be dealt with. Maybe the Head Ball Coach (Steve Spurrier) said it best the day after the game.

“Hopefully (the loss) brought us back down to earth,” said Spurrier. “We’re not a very good team right now. We’ve got to work hard to get our stuff together. We don’t need to worry about any kind of championships.

“We need to beat Vandy this week. That’s what we need to worry about. … The way we performed (Saturday), it doesn’t look real pretty for us unless we change our ways around here.”

What to look for in Week 3: Can South Carolina sort things out on defense enough to beat Vanderbilt (1-1, 0-1)? Sure, the Commodores aren’t Georgia, but they’ve got enough talent on offense to beat a team on which the defensive players and coaches aren’t on the same page.

Scott Page is a college football writer for Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

You May Also Like