Clemson Succeeds and Carolina SputtersSubmitted by Duane on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 19:01
Clemson (5-0) goes to Blacksburg, Va and defied all odds and dominated against the host team Va. Tech 27-3 to stay undefeated and propelled into the top ten in the country after only 5 weeks. South Carolina disappointed their supporters at home losing the illusive 5th opening game of the season under Steve Spurrier. So now South Carolina (4-1) ranked #15 and #18 in the country has to find a way to take an offense that has Heisman Candidate, Marcus Lattimore leading them in rushing, with the QB Stephen Garcia the second leading rusher, with the third leading rusher DT/DE Melvin Ingram. Something is wrong with this picture and too much talent is left to watch the football game in uniform. While the Clemson Tigers, questioned heavily in the off-season as even a competitive team in third year of coach Dabo Swinney. Now there are discussions of a potential cake walk to the ACC Championship for the Tigers and a season lost for the Gamecocks because the Ole' Ball Coach is losing track of the game and the offensive play calling of his legendary past.
So where does South Carolina go from here? Sophomore Connor Shaw will start against Kentucky on this upcoming Saturday, looking for a spark to get the offense consistently moving the ball and exploiting its' talent and depth. Clemson on the other hand has to not accept their current success and rest on the achievements in the first five weeks. Swinney has made it clear that you will only be remembered for the last game you played and he appears to have this young team well rooted in the firm ground and solid thinking.
Talk radio is praising Clemson and Swinney and criticizing Spurrier and the Gamecocks making this season a strange but not so unfamiliar campaign of teams with low to moderate expectations achieving more and the anticipation of a good to great season flirting with the prospects of draining disappointment. Only the future Saturdays will tell for sure, but going into week 6, some things seem to remain the same.