Friday, August 30, 2013
3-point stance: Big Ten's blowouts
By Ivan Maisel
1. For all the talk of Jadeveon Clowney and the South Carolina defense, the holes that the Gamecock offensive line opened up against North Carolina made the biggest impression on me. Did you see the open field when Mike Davis turned the corner on his 75-yard, third-quarter touchdown run? The home run put South Carolina ahead, 27-10, which turned out to be the final score. Steve Spurrier called only three more passes. Final tally: 37 rushes, 20 passes.
2. Dog bit man in the Big Ten on Thursday night, and it’s about time. You can say it’s not a big deal that Indiana walloped FCS Indiana State, 73-35, and Minnesota polished off UNLV, 51-23. But keep in mind that two years ago, Minnesota went 3-9 and Indiana went 1-11. If the Big Ten is cycling upward after a long spiral, then beating the teams that Indiana and Minnesota should beat is, you guessed it, a big deal.
3. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray recalled his sophomore year, when the Dawgs started 0-2 after going 6-7 the previous season: “The greatest thing about Coach (Mark) Richt is he never changes. He’s not the guy ... changing his personality and cussing people out. He was level-headed, encouraging, the same man who recruited you, the same man when you’re winning, when you’re losing, no matter what. That’s the best thing to know, that he’s always stable, always the same and he’s always there for us to lean on.” Since that 0-2 start, Georgia is 22-3.