Somehow, this is Ron Morris‘ fault.
Head coach Steve Spurrier spent last weekend being very short with the media thanks to a long-running spat with a local columnist. A week later, his South Carolina Gamecocks are in a fight for its very season against the unlikeliest of opponents.
At the end of two quarters of play, Kentucky — they of the 1-3 Kentucky Wildcats who are much worse than their record indicates — inexplicably leads the No. 6 Gamecocks 17-7. Speaking of the inexplicable, USC was facing a fourth-and-1 from its own 34-yard line with a minute left in the half — and went for it!
The shotgun snap proceeded to sail over the head of quarterback Connor Shaw and was recovered by the Wildcats at the 25-yard line. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, UK was, well, UK, stumbling its way through a disjointed possession that included the wasting of at least 30 seconds of play clock and didn’t include any points being put on the board.
It easily could’ve been 20-7 or even 24-7 were it not for the last-possession gaffes on the part of Kentucky.
“Outplaying us, outhitting us, out-hustling us,” the Ol’ Ball Coach said as headed into the locker room at halftime.
If that continues for the next 30 minutes, the Gamecocks will find themselves on the outside of the BcS title window looking in.
UPDATED 9:47 p.m. ET: About that whole upset thing? Yeah, never mind. Probably.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, South Carolina has pulled out to a 28-17 lead on an overmatched and tiring Kentucky squad.
Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.
Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.
“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”
Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.
This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.
Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.
Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.
Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.