The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the South Carolina Gamecocks.
No. 13: South Carolina Gamecocks
Spring Practice Starts: February 28
Spring Game: March 31
South Carolina Gamecocks Spring Status
And now Will Muschamp is supposed to do a whole lot more.
The problem with his time at Florida was the lack of any room for error. There wasn’t any firepower and it wasn’t the most scintillating of styles, but when it works, it’s slow and steady wins the race.
When it doesn’t work, it’s just slow.
But now, after closing out with a wild bowl win over Michigan for a nine-win campaign, there’s room to be far more entertaining. It starts with having the quarterback in Jake Bentley, helped by getting back top WR Deebo Samuel from injury, and there’s good upside on the lines.
The secondary needs help, and a few parts are gone from the defensive front, but look out – the offense might just work.
The system should work, and now, Muschamp might just have the pieces and the style to push hard in the SEC East race.
South Carolina Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Safety. A new tight end has to replace Hayden Hurst, the D line needs a few new parts, but not having Skai Moore is the big problem, but the secondary has to find two new safeties with Chris Lammons and D.J. Smith done.
Keisean Nixon saw enough time – making eight tackles – to not be starting from scratch, but the Gamecocks need reliable backstops for this defense to work.
South Carolina Biggest Issue
The ground game has to do more. Being conservative works at times, and the Gamecocks didn’t have too many problems scoring when they absolutely had to, but the ground game has to be far more effective.
The Gamecocks weren’t physical enough, struggling to set up easy third down chances, running for just 1,588 yards and 16 scores, averaging under four yards per pop.
South Carolina Biggest Positive
The pieces for the passing game are there. Bentley threw 18 touchdown passes and 12 picks, but he’s a two-year veteran now who knows what he’s doing. And now he gets his guy back, with Deebo Samuel returning after missing ten games. Hurst is gone at tight end, but the top eight wide receivers return.
Really, Why Are The South Carolina Gamecocks Ranked Here?
Yeah, there’s a concern with some spots on the line, and all of those young receivers have to be a whole lot better, and the ground game has to be stronger, and there has to be an offensive pop, and …
South Carolina will be good.
If the team can be as sound and solid as it was throughout last season, only with more offensive pop, look out. This might just be the sleeper in the SEC East chase.