I know Steve Spurrier likes to talk a lot. He especially likes to talk when he knows he has a good team. And judging by the amount of BS coming from Spurrier, you can tell he likes his team in Colombia.
Spurrier’s biggest gripe this offseason has been scheduling. Coach Spurrier is not an idiot. He knows that it will probably be a two team race in the SEC East-Georgia and South Carolina. He knows he has a good team, probably a more complete team than Georgia. He also knows that South Carolina’s schedule is more difficult than Georgia’s in 2012.
Georgia got fortunate of the addition of Missouri and now doesn’t have to play Alabama on the road this season. We get to finish our home and home with Ole Miss but only draw Auburn and Ole Miss from the West. Georgia’s slate is very manageable.
South Carolina, on the other hand, has to play LSU. Here is their 5 game stretch beginning October 6: Georgia, at LSU, at Florida, Tennessee and Arkansas. They have to play 3 teams that will probably start the season in the top 10, a decent Florida team and a Tennessee team that is going to better than the experts think.
I know this has been covered before, but since Spurrier is hell-bent on bringing it up constantly to whoever will listen, let’s cover it again.
Back in 2008, Georgia was preseason #1 in the Country. Georgia had to play Alabama and Florida-both of whom went through the regular season undefeated. Georgia also had to travel across the country and play Arizona State the week before playing Alabama. And though LSU was down, Georgia had to make a trip to Baton Rouge and play the defending National Champions. You certainly don’t hear many Georgia fans complaining about the difficult schedule in 2008 as a reason why we didn’t live up to lofty goals.
That season, when each Eastern team played 3 teams from the West, South Carolina had to play Arkansas. And Arkansas was not near as good then as it is now, with Bobby Petrino in his first season as head coach. Yes, South Carolina did host LSU, and lost to a mediocre LSU team 24-17. Guess who else South Carolina played that season? Ole Miss.
The 2008 season also saw Spurrier’s team lose to Vanderbilt, and they limped to a 7-6 record.
Where was Spurrier at in 2008 complaining that Georgia had it worse than the Gamecocks? He was busy eating his humble pie.
Also, why can’t Spurrier explain why his team lost to a medicore Auburn team at home last season, only scoring 13 points against a team that Georgia defeated 45-7? If South Carolina had taken care of business against Auburn and not pulled a Georgia and wet the bed, they would have gotten the chance to get destroyed by LSU in Atlanta.
So while Spurrier will cry to reporters that his team has it unfair this season, it is absolutely, 100% sour grapes.