Gamecocks shift QB gears; Tigers, Chants keep rolling

Steve Spurrier finally pulled the plug on quarterback Stephen Garcia, but how much leash is he going to give replacement Connor Shaw?

That’s the big side story to today’s game against Kentucky, which shouldn’t carry much drama itself. As bad as the Gamecocks have stumbled recently, they can beat the struggling Wildcats even if the Ol’ (and in this case I really mean “old”) Ball Coach decides to play QB.

But if history repeats itself, Spurrier will be stalking the sidelines Saturday, probably throwing his head set and calling Shaw everything but buddy. He’s never had a lot of patience for his QBs, and these guys are testing his limits.

Shaw got the start for the season opener and played more like George Bernard Shaw. Garcia came to the rescue, but then he decided to make every game a nail-biting drama. Nine interceptions to four touchdown passes adds up to a QB rating about as low as the temperature at which meat freezes.

All the while Spurrier has been on the verge of a meltdown. He has more passing yardage with his visor than the Gamecocks this season and his only move was to make a change at quarterback. Sort of like switching horses in midstream when neither of them can swim.

One of the two QBs needs to step to the fore, but the Gamecocks could punt every play and let the defense bring this one home. That won’t fly when the schedule gets more difficult. … South Carolina (-21) 34, Kentucky 10.

* Boston College at Clemson: The Tigers are flying high in Death Valley after their 5-0 start and No. 8 ranking. Could this be the year?

Thirty years after Clemson’s national championship under Danny Ford, another former assistant is taking the Tigers to new heights.

Dabo Swinney has shown he can prepare a team for its toughest stretch of schedule, with the Tigers beating three straight ranked teams in impressive fashion.

But the key may be whether Swinney can keep himself and his players from getting too cozy on their perch. Clemson has a way of letting losses to little teams keep them from greatness.

But that won’t be the case today as the lowly Eagles come to town. The Tigers will feast on BC, but can they run the table in the ACC? … Clemson (-20) 38, BC 13.

* VMI at Coastal Carolina: The Chants also are riding high off a bye week with a 4-1 record. They open their 2010 Big South Conference championship campaign against the Keydets, who are off to a 1-4 start.

Coastal has had two weeks to prepare for this one and the Chants showed last season that they know how to step it up a notch in league play.

Unlike USC, Coastal seems to have resolved its two-QB issue with Aramis Hillary getting the start. He will lead the Chants to a big day against VMI. … Coastal 31, VMI 6.

Last week: 0-2 straight up, 0-2 against the spread. Overall: 12-3 straight up; 8-6-1 against the spread.

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3 responses to “Gamecocks shift QB gears; Tigers, Chants keep rolling”

  1. Stone Barrington says:

    Shaw had a good game against a bad UK team. The question is whether Spurrier will stick with him when the going gets tough. For some reason Spurrier loves this troubled athlete. We’ll see what happens next week.

  2. Stone Barrington says:

    I was speaking of Garcia obviously when I said, “this troubled athlete”.

  3. admin says:

    Really? Stone Barrington huh? So, where’s Dino?

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