2015 NCAA Football Season Starts With Sloppy Battle Of Carolinas
It's been almost 8 full months since Ohio State beat Oregon for that crystal football thingee, and we've been jonesing ever since. The first game we were offered this season was the battle of the Carolinas, North vs. South. It was like the Civil War in that one side wore blue, the battle was slow and full of errors, and at the end of the day, someone had to win (yes, I know both Carolinas seceded, but just go with me on this).
South Carolina ended its offseason with... a delay of game call. Really? You couldn't come up with your first play in eight months? And then they went with the tricky "Three and Out" offense that seemed to work for them all night. On defense, two USC defenders tackled each other, allowing UNC to score a TD. And while the Gamecocks (snicker) did have a successful fake punt, they went into the lockerroom down 13-10. I can't even imagine what Steve Spurrier screamed at his team at halftime (or what small animal he sacrificed).
— Earl (@JasonKirkSBN) September 3, 2015
In the second half the USC defense showed up, but the net result was a 0-0 third quarter (yawn). But the Gamecocks star of the game wore a blue jersey. UNC QB Marquise Williams played well right up until he didn't. Despite throwing for over 200 yards, he also threw 3 INTs, 2 of which were in the end zone. That allowed USC to stay within range, and go to its secret weapon, third-string RB Shon Carson, who did this:
— Scott Kennedy (@ScoutKennedy) September 4, 2015
I'm guessing he's not a third-string senior any more. That gave USC a 17-13 lead, which it made stand. So while USC still looked like it was in training camp, its Twitterverse was in mid-season form:
walked out of gym, desk bro asks who won UNC-USC. I stopped short and realized I already didn’t remember.
— Holly Anderson (@HollyAnderson) September 4, 2015
It's not an opening night of college football if I am not sweating out a bet on a poorly played South Carolina game
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) September 4, 2015
If the college football season is going to look like this game, I'll be happy to wait another 8 months (unless I get to watch Harbaugh and Michigan lose every week, of course).
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David Young has been a columnist for ESPN and Sports Illustrated and is one for SportsGrid.
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