This week’s edition of Power Rankings is going to be a bit different from the past, I’m calling it “Boy were we wrong!” If you have kept up with the football coverage this year, then you should remember that at the beginning of the year three people did power rankings. So I’ve decided to pull the original power rankings and see how we did predicting this season. Yes there is a three way tie for 2nd place in the conference but for now we can pretty much take a guess who will be getting in due to polls. So here is our power rankings:
No one and I mean no one expected this team to win the conference this year. As I said in my original ranking, the offense got them there and it did but the defense got better as the season went along. The survived a close scare this past weekend against SEMO, but in the end they are the conference champions led by Jimmy Garoppolo, and Erik Lora. Who would have thought it would be that duo that would have been the most dominant?
Let’s see what I said about this team at the beginning of the year: “I don’t want to call them the Oakland Raiders but look at the flags!” I was right about that this year, but unlike the Raiders, they won games. This team didn’t have quit in them and I noted that in the first game when they needed a back to back goal line stands on the 1 to win the game. It was a sign that this team would play the whole game and boy did they.
The defense was expected to the be star this year and it was for the most part. Even in their losses they held teams to reasonable amounts. While I have a problem with this team more than likely going to the FCS playoffs as an at large, at least they are tied for second now. If they were in fourth like last week, I would have been complaining even more like I did on Twitter this past week.
Special teams was the cause for alarm that I hinted at the beginning of the season, especially on the field goal side. That being said this team’s offense really put me in my place this year. They put up way more points then I expected at the beginning of the year. They could throw and run the ball, and in the end it was the defense that seemed to run out of gas at the end of the season. If they don’t miss a few field goals, they are in the FCS playoffs.
The Gamecocks were our unanimous first place team and that’s why teams play the games. Ok that was mean but look at the schedule and their losses are just hearbreaking for any fan. Take away the destruction in their OVC opener at Eastern Kentucky and they only lost by a combined 5 points. They score 7 points and they have 1 loss and a conference title. Alot of teams would like a few points here or there though.
Ah the Hatch Attack, I know teams like the Racers like being on the field and getting into a rhythm but you have to keep game scores low. When facing running teams they were awful. Lets not even mention the secondary, luckily for this team they weren’t the disappointmet of the conference. They get a honorable mention though. Quarterback Casey Brockman will be getting 10,000 yards for his career this weekend and won’t have ever won a conference title. Just let that sink in.
I’m intrigued by this team, really I am. They run the ball exclusively. Can’t remember the amount of teams they ran the ball over 50 times a game and had less than 10 pass attempts. I guess the coaching staff said this is what we are going to do and do it right. They pulled off what was supposed to be an upset against our next team and took Eastern Illinois into the forth quarter. Could be trending upward next year to that 5th-6th ranking.
At media day the coach was showing off his flashy conference championship ring, they brought in a top wide receiver that is now going to the NFL draft. And that all ended up with just 3, will be 4, wins? Injuries did hurt this team but the team just seemed to give up early in the year after the OT loss to SEMO and then the beat-down in Murray. They started playing hard at the end of the year but couldn’t finish games. This is my most disappointing team of the year sadly, but hey they will have a player drafted to the NFL.
Well we can all say that we got this one right. One win that really doesn’t count as it was against a lower division team. They put together their best game last weekend, taking Jacksonville State much longer than I’m sure the Gamecocks expected. This team needs some time to build and discover what they are. Sad that even at the end of the year we don’t know what they are, well except terrible in football. Hope basketball cheers them up.