Twice this season USC coach Steve Spurrier has had to deal with the aftermath of losing a game that perhaps the Gamecocks should have won. This week he’s dealing with the repercussions of winning a game that perhaps they should have lost. And Spurrier’s message to one and all…forget about it.
Spurrier is ready to move forward to Mississippi State, the first of four straight home games to close out the regular season. He knows the Gamecocks are still in the mix for the SEC East with two league games to go, but he said his guys will need to play better if they are to get those final two league wins.
Quarterback Connor Shaw missed practice on Monday and Tuesday due to some type of virus that he had last weekend. Spurrier was not certain when he’d practice this week. Dylan Thompson, who Spurrier said did not play poorly at Missouri, will be ready to start if needed.
Spurrier added that running back Brandon Wilds was back at full speed in practice Monday night and will play Saturday. He’s been out since suffering an elbow injury in the Central Florida game.
More notes from Spurrier’s press conference:
- Does not think his team has played as well as they are capable.
- Six of the eight games have gone to the wire and this one could be like that.
- Never won a game like they did at Missouri in terms of that type of comeback.
- Hoping his center doesn’t roll the snap back to the quarterback as he has three weeks in a row.
- Can tie all time home winning streak at 15 with a victory Saturday.
- Lost fumbles on first down inside the five against Missouri, Arkansas and Central Florida and won all three games.
- Hopes to get back to running the ball and playing their style which is more run than pass.
- Mississippi State defense is “a big bunch of strong guys.”
- Sends out his best to USC student Martha Childress who was shot recently in Five Points.
The Gamecocks are 6-2 and 4-2 in the SEC. The Bulldogs are 4-3 and 1-2 and have won their last two games. The Gamecocks have won six straight over the Bulldogs and this is their first meeting since 2011, the first in Columbia since 2007.
The Gamecocks have won 14 straight at home and will tie the school record for a hone winning streak with a win Saturday. Their last loss at Williams Brice was against Auburn in 2011. The Gamecocks have won 30 of their last 33 at home.
The Gamecocks are 13 point favorites for the 12:20 kickoff on the SEC Network.