South Carolina, Ole Miss score big on opening night

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run with just more than a minute left to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

If you’re shrugging off the effects of an SEC hangover this morning, nobody will blame you for staying up late to watch Ole Miss’ tremendous victory over Vanderbilt.

And if you made it to the end of Fresno State’s 52-52 OT win over Rutgers, then more power to you for somehow pushing back the covers and rising only a few hours after it ended.

But let’s focus on the SEC.

South Carolina showed an ability for big plays in its 27-10 defeat of North Carolina, but more folks are talking about Jadeveon Clowney’s “conditioning” than anything today. He’ll be even more heavily scrutinized as the season progresses and won’t be able to take plays off without receiving a huge amount of criticism as he waits for next year’s NFL Draft.

I was impressed with the Gamecocks’ defense and look forward watching to next week’s game against Georgia. (What do y’all think?)

If the rest of the SEC season is anything like Ole Miss’ 39-35 win over Vanderbilt, then fasten your seat belts and put your tray tables in their upright and locked position.

The Rebels scored 29 points in the second half, including Jeff Scott’s game-winning, 75-yard TD run with 67 seconds left, for the win.

It’s amazing to think Vanderbilt carried a seven-game winning streak into that game.

Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews was remarkable, and Ole Miss’ freshmen like Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche are ready for the SEC.

And just think. They were the first two games this opening weekend.

Enjoy.

What are your thoughts on the first two games? What are you looking forward to seeing this weekend?

45 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
8:02 pm

@sportzfan
Listen, the ACC as a conference isn’t part of the top 4. Arguably is even in the top 6. My statement wasn’t a declaration that UNC is a bad team. They a weak team comparably speaking. UNC is a weak team in a weak conference. My statement had more to do with SC than UNC. SC was (minus a few big plays) comparatively even with UNC. I am well aware big plays are part of the game and they count. Yeah they dominated the first quarter. After that, not much to shout about if your an SC fan.

Being a Dawg fan, I would expect SC will likely play them lights outs as they usually do. If UGA looks as lethargic as SC did last night, we’ll lose. If SC looks next week as they did last night, they’ll lose. It was a win for SC last night but, it wasn’t impressive at all IMHO

sportzfan

August 30th, 2013
7:48 pm

@ hometown fan….your post is totally off base. What do you really know about Spurrier or anyone when it comes to God? I happen to be a christian and I have no idea whether Steve Spurrier is a christian or not. Have you ever heard him use vulgar language, seen him smoke dope, take a drink, slap his wife, etc……I haven’t. I do agree that coach Richt is a great man, but I can assure you it’s not because he is a coach for UGA. As far as Clowney, he has no control over what ESPN does. Some people seem to forget that these players are still very young men, and I’m speaking of players on all teams. Let the games begin!

sportzfan

August 30th, 2013
7:39 pm

@ARdawg….So lets don’t take two big plays away, lets take away first quarter, then UNC wiins. You could say same thing in several UGA games (take away big plays) and they wouldn’t look so good. I thought big plays were part of the game. That also is why SC’s defense was on the field so long, because of quick big scoring plays and back on the field they go. This was first game of season in 100 degree weather, and this opponent wasn’t Ga. State, Coastal Carolina, or Elon, it was UNC which is still a decent team……ask Louisville. UNC loses to Louisville by five last year and Louisville takes out Florida. I never said that UNC was a powerhouse. I only mentioned they had a good offense last year. And my point about the 17 point win was it was 6 points over the Vegas spread. Vegas has UGA favored by 2 tomorrow. I’m not a gambler, but I respect Vegas predictions more than mine or anyone else who post on this site. And I do certainly hope UGA takes out Clempson tomorrow.

hometown fan

August 30th, 2013
6:37 pm

OOOOOOOOOOO ESPN thinks Clowney is GOD, Cocks head ole ball coach knows He is “GOD”. Dawgs and Our Head Coach Richt, well, all we have is faith in God. Figure it out people.

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
5:32 pm

@sportzfan
You take away 2 big plays of SC and that game was pretty even. If that’s a slam on either of those teams then so be it. It is, what it is. Unimpressive

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
5:29 pm

@sportzfan
Getting your dander up are you? My weakest of the weak is referring to the ACC conference as a whole and UNC as a weak team in it. Average 490 ypg is supposed to be impressive, somehow? Against Elon, ECU, Idaho, or the weak sisters of the ACC. Sorry, I ain’t buying UNC as any formidable offensive powerhouse

sportzfan

August 30th, 2013
5:12 pm

@ARdawg…”Clownet had 3 tackles and no sacks against the weakest of the weak NC offense”. How do you assume UNC was such a weak team? UNC avg last year 490 yds per game and last night had 290. Last year they avg 41 pts a game and last night 10. They have a great aQB, one of best tight ends in America and a very good OT that lined up against Clowney. They ran about 20 plays more than SC. So the SC team looked gased in 100 degree humid weather…..how were they suppose to look? The Vegas line was 11 pts and SC won by 17. What makes you think they were so terrible? Lets see who looks gased tomorrow up in SC…..and then again next Sat in Athens.

WeRunTheEast

August 30th, 2013
5:09 pm

SC dominated and game was over after initial SC flurry. Just getting ready for UGANDA entire 2nd half. No one can live up to the crazy hype Clowney Is getting.

Thy hogan

August 30th, 2013
4:51 pm

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
4:03 pm

Clowney had 3 tackles and no sacks against the weakest of the weak NC offense. Willy, maybe you saw that game? Or on second thought, maybe you didn’t. It would be par for the course for you to run your mouth when you don’t know what you’re talking about, wouldn’t it?