On Thursday night in Columbia, SC the sixth-ranked University of South Carolina Gamecocks will be hosting the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier has an overall record of 4-0 against the Heels.
Spurrier got his college football coaching start at Duke in 1987 and was 3-0 against rival North Carolina before moving on to become Florida's head coach. The Blue Devils have gone 2-21 in the series since Spurrier left to coach his alma mater after the 1989 season.
Spurrier continued that Midas touch the only time the two state schools have played since he joined South Carolina, a 21-15 Gamecock victory at Chapel Hill in 2006."Yeah, it is a little special when you are coaching against a team like" North Carolina, Spurrier recently said.
The Gamecocks are coming off two straight 11-2 seasons and feature one of the country's most talked-about players in 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior, All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
North Carolina is led by second year head coach, Larry Fedora. They finished the 2012 season 8-4 but were banned from post season play due to NCAA violations.
So don't get it confused, North Carolina is no chopped liver! They have an experienced quarterback in Bryn Renner and a high-tempo offense that coach Fedora used to succeed at Southern Miss.
Renner has thrown 54 touchdowns the past two seasons and is the only Tar Heels passer with more than 20 TDs in multiple seasons.
Fedora recently stated that Renner has improved in decision-making, leadership and knowledge of the offensive system. "Big difference between now and last year this time," the coach said.
I am not promoting cock fighting in any form so please don't get that impression, but one thing I have learned by growing up on a small chicken farm, is that when roosters are involved anything can happen.
I can remember my uncle giving my grandmother two gamecock roosters and he warned her to keep them separated from the roosters we already had.
On one Saturday morning my grandmother decided not to heed to my uncle's warning and let the gamecocks mingle with the other roosters and it was on!
There was nothing much we could do because just that quick all of the roosters in the fenced in chicken area started fighting. At first the two gamecocks started fighting together helping each other out. Then after they took down rooster after rooster they started fighting each other. What they didn't realize is that one of the roosters that they badly wounded was still alive.
After they wounded each other so bad that neither one could fight anymore, the wounded rooster they forgot about jumped on them one by one until he put both of them down. He was able to do this because they became their own worst enemy!
Although I do anticipate the Gamecocks pulling this game out, I do think this game will be very competitive.
As long as the Gamecocks don't become their own worst enemy at William -Brice Stadium then they should pull this game out, but if they do; the Tar Heels will be waiting around to pull off the upset!