Well... the big game has come and went... Not the way I expected but I am very happy about the outcome. I regretably picked Clemson in a 27-24 win; a pick that I am happy to get wrong. During my last post, I posted an offensive strategy that I thought would do good for this speedy Gamecock team and look what happens when that strategy is put into action in a game; South Carolina wins in its most convincing fashion all season. This Shotgun option offense that Spurrier threw at Clemson was the most brilliant thing he has done since coming back to NCAA College Football.

South Carolina manage just over 230 rushing yards in this option offense that looked very similar to what Florida is running under Urban Meyer. This gives me hope that Steve Spurrier has let go of his pride in the passing, "Fun N Gun," "Cock N Fire" offensive strategy and has decided to use the weapons he has in his stable of extremely fast running backs. Stephen Garcia is a scrambling quarterback and not a pocket passer, so, this offense suits him. The first play I saw Garcia run in this game, he lowered his shoulder and went up the middle for about 12 yards and I had visions of Tim Tebow from the past. Once South Carolina was able to establish this running game, they were able to pass efficiently when they needed to with Stephen Garcia going 11-22 with 165 yards passing, 3 Touchdowns and 1 interception. It was nice to see True Freshman Stephon Gilmore get into the game on offense and rush for 20 yards and pass for 39 yards. The defense was stout as usual with 3 turnovers. DeVonte Holloman grabbed an interception and the offense forced and recovered 2 fumbles with Gilmore scooping up one of those.

All in all it was a great game for the Gamecocks and it showed how truly dominant the SEC defenses really are as they shut Spiller down, Heisman Trophy hopeful Spiller that is, and the rest of the Clemson offense. On the day, the SEC was 3-0 against the ACC with Florida blowing out Florida State and Georgia beating Georgia Tech... Two mid level SEC teams beatin the best of the ACC in dominant fashion.

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