What the Gamecocks Learned about their opponents in week three


September 8, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) is brought down by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones (29) and safety Connor Norman (11) during the second quarter at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

Another week of college football down, and we have another set of tidbits the Gamecocks learned about their future opponents.

First,Missouri is feeling the pain at quarterback, too. USC doesn’t have an SEC monopoly on starting QB injuries. Mizzou’s James Franklin is dealing with an injury of his own, and he refuses to take any pain medicine to help the situation. South Carolina should win the game no matter who starts at QB for either team, but if Franklin can’t go for the Tigers, their chance of winning is almost zero.

Kentucky is really, really, really bad. Florida is favored by 24 points over Big Blue this weekend, and for good reason. They just lost to freaking Western Kentucky. If Carolina gets by Mizzou without injuring half of its players, the Gamecocks should be favored by just as many points.

Georgia’s defense still has holes.The Dawgs are giving up 21 points a game, and two of their three opponents this year were Buffalo and Florida Atlantic. UGA also has trouble putting teams away early, and in some cases, they’ve had to dig themselves out of holes they’ve dug themselves.

LSU is really good and they might not lose this year. The Gamecocks would have to play their best game of the year and LSU would have to play below its capabilities for the Gamecocks to win. This isn’t a knock on SC, it’s just a fact.

Florida might not be rebuilding anymore, and they could challenge USC and Georgia in the East. Their defense is one of the best in the league and their offense found out how to move the ball in Knoxville. Losing two starting linebackers won’t make things easier on the Gators, but still, 8-4 or 9-3 looks more likely than 6-6 or 7-5.

Tennessee isn’t ready, yet. By the time they come to Columbia, they could have it all together, but right now they don’t look as scary as they did a week ago.

It can’t get much worse for Arkansas. The Hogs are always a menace when they play SC, but if there were a year to get the Razorback of Cocky’s back, it would be this year.

Wofford is a pretty good FCS school. That’s about it on them.

Clemson is good against bad teams, but we’ll see where they stand after they do battle with FSU. Also, did Dabo Sweeney and his brother try to strong arm a cop recently?