Gamecocks get humbled by Clemson but my buddy knew that already; Can USC hang with Stanford?
November 28, 2017 3:00 AM
by Mark Mayer
VIP On the Mark | My longtime good buddy and Georgetown, South Carolina attorney W. Sherwin Jacobs sent me an email last week praising our Gamecocks and their 8-3 record. You see, both of us were in Columbia at the same time
My longtime good buddy and Georgetown, South Carolina attorney W. Sherwin Jacobs sent me an email last week praising our Gamecocks and their 8-3 record. You see, both of us were in Columbia at the same time though I was just a freshman when we met and he was studying for his law degree.
We partied in Myrtle Beach went to Carolina games over the years and always pulled against the Clemson Tigers. You didn’t need a betting incentive to do that.
A common joke that made you popular around Williams-Brice Stadium was, “What do you call a beautiful woman at Clemson? A visitor.”
Well, in my email to Jake, I warned him the Gamecocks were the worst 8-3 team in college football and now they were facing Prime Time. And Clemson painfully showed why they deserve to be one of the BCS Final Four based upon the carnage that took place over the weekend.
There’s still much to be decided this week with the conference championships on the line, so whatever the BCS panel comes up with Tuesday on ESPN should be taken with a grain of Charlie Morton’s salt, which is selling quite well in Houston. Just understand that several teams sitting outside the top four may wind up playing for the national championship next month.
Miami started this ball of confusion by losing at Pittsburgh, and then Auburn stuck that “Nick Saban was 0-6 against Tiger teams that had won at least 9 games in a season” right up his assets. War Eagle, now it’s 0-7!
So as the dust clears outside our GamingToday office, here’s my view, for what it’s worth: Clemson 1, Wisconsin 2, Oklahoma 3, Auburn 4.
Reasons? Clemson is the defending national champ and beat Auburn. Wisconsin is the lone undefeated team aside from Central Florida, which is not of legal age to drink in the BCS bar. Oklahoma has that loss to Iowa State. Auburn has two losses and such an animal has never been selected by the Committee to play in the Final Four.
The real fun comes in positions 5 through 8. It doesn’t really matter how they line up, just know some control their own fate and will enter the final picture with a win.
I’m talking specifically about Georgia and Miami. Win and you’re in. If all the favorites hold serve this week, then we’re looking at Clemson, Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Auburn.
That leaves Alabama out. I know that sounds ridiculous, but where do you put them? Roll Tide got rolled and doesn’t have the resume this year with that one loss – plus they aren’t playing for the SEC Championship. Bama could still get in because they always do, but they need a lot of help. Same with Ohio State, which absolutely has to beat Wisconsin and that likely won’t be enough.
As we said earlier, a Miami win over Clemson in the ACC Championship game puts the Hurricanes back in and removes the Paw. Should “Joe-Ja” get even with Auburn for that regular season defeat, then the Tigers will be a three-loss team playing on New Year’s Day.
I’m actually just as intrigued by Orlando’s Golden Knights and their full house of lit UCF lighters going up against once-beaten Memphis and Riley Ferguson, the best QB you’ve never heard of, in the American Athletic Conference title game.
Before getting to what really matters – the betting lines and selections – some parting shots. UNLV was guilty in Reno of very questionable decisions, poor play calling and horrible time management in blowing its game and cover.
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(Lines c/o Westgate)
Stanford +3 vs USC: Typical Stanford team that gets better as the season goes along. USC has the athletes, but the Cardinal have the grit. STANFORD