South Carolina is last in the SEC in total defense. It is next-to-last in total offense.
So things are looking bleak for the Gamecocks, right? As fans in garnet and black know, the opposite is true. In fact, South Carolina (2-0 overall, 1-0 SEC) is starting to get at least regional respect, and where once the Gamecocks’ ceiling looked to be a winning record, now it seems it could be as high as contending for the division title into November.
So then, what to make of those awful statistics?
“Don’t get caught up in the stats,” was head coach Will Muschamp’s answer following a 31-13 win over Missouri.
That’s one way to handle it, but it’s also worth wondering if these numbers are aberrations or ominous signs for the future of the season. The first fact to consider is that South Carolina, unlike most teams in the conference, already have played two Power 5 opponents and more than that have played them away from home, so all of the Gamecocks’ numbers need to be framed by that fact.
A deeper look will tell you that there are more specific statistics that have allowed South Carolina to not only survive but thrive despite being so bad …read more
Source:: Usatoday – Sports