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2019 Opponent Preview: Should South Carolina Be On “Upset Alert” When The Mountaineers Come To Town?

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JUNE 27, 2019 | by CHRIS | THESPURSUPSHOW

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2019 Opponent Preview: Should South Carolina Be On “Upset Alert” When The Mountaineers Come To Town?

 

OPPONENT: Appalachian State Mountaineers

WHEN: Saturday, November 9th

WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC)

ALL-TIME SERIES RECORD: South Carolina leads 8-1

LAST MEETING: The Gamecocks beat App State 35-9 in 1988

2018 RECORD: 11-2 (7-1)

 

Head Coach…

 

Eli Drinkwitz

Mountaineer football will be under new leadership in 2019 as former NC State assistant Eli Drinkwitz takes over in Boone.

Drinkwitz replaces former HC Scott Satterfield, who bolted for the Louisville job this off-season.

Most well known for his offensive knowledge, Drinkwitz looks to make the most of his first head coaching opportunity, taking over an App State program which won 11 games a season ago.

Returning Starters…

OFFENSE (9)

 

WR Corey Sutton (Jr.)

  • Thomas Hennigan (Jr.)
  • LT Victor Johnson (Sr.)
  • LG Ryan Neuzil (Jr.)
  • C Noah Hannon (Jr.)
  • RG Baer Hunter (Jr.)
  • TE Collin Reed (Sr.)
  • QB Zac Thomas (Jr.)
  • RB Darrynton Evans (Jr.)
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DEFENSE (6)

 

  • DE Elijah Diarrassouba (Jr.)
  • OLB Akeem Davis-Gaither (Sr.)
  • LB Jordan Fehr (Sr.)
  • OLB Noel Cook (Sr.)
  • S Desmond Franklin (Sr.)
  • How did they fare in 2018?

  • S Josh Thomas (Sr.)

App State was extremely impressive as season ago, going 11-2 capped off by a blowout win over Middle Tennessee State in the New Orleans Bowl.

In typical Mountaineers fashion, ASU took Penn State to the wire in week one, going to OT before falling 45-38 in Happy Valley.

The only other loss for App came in an upset loss to its bitter rivalry, Georgia Southern, as the Eagles dominated by a final score of 34-14.

Still, it was an extremely productive year for a few Mountaineers individuals as well.

Seven Mountaineers were named All-Sun Belt, including QB Zac Thomas, who was also named Offensive POTY after throwing for over 2,000 yards and 21 TDs.

Best Returning Player…

 

QB Zac Thomas

 

Simply put, Zac Thomas is a baller.

 

As mentioned in the video above, Thomas got his first start since 2015 when he was in high school a year ago, nearly leading ASU to a monumental upset over Penn State in Happy Valley.

 

That game turned out to be a precursor of what was to come, as Thomas completed 62% of his passes while throwing for over 2,000 yards and 21 TDs in the process.

 

He’ll look to have an even better year in 2019, as most of his major weapons return, including standout wide receiver Corey Sutton and running back Darrynton Evans.

 

Overall Outlook…

 

Should South Carolina really be on “upset alert” against App State come early November?

 

This game has been talked about a lot as one the Gamecocks should be careful of, citing ASU’s track record against Power 5 teams as well as their recent success in the Sun Belt.

 

We mentioned the plethora of offensive talent new HC Eli Drinkwitz will have to work with this fall earlier.

 

But what about the defense?

 

App returns six starters from a defense that ranked with nationally in total defense last season and just forth nationally in points allowed per game.

The Mountaineers look to be the class of the Sun Belt and should challenge once again for the conference title.

 

Still, the question remains: could App State really come into Columbia and shock South Carolina on their home turf?

 

One thing is for certain: the Mountaineers have the Gamecocks attention.

 

2019 SEASON PROJECTION: 10-2 (7-1)

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14 hours ago, FeatheredCock said:

This game has been talked about a lot as one the Gamecocks should be careful of, citing ASU’s track record against Power 5 teams as well as their recent success in the Sun Belt.

 

 

They beat Michigan 12 years ago. 


That's it.

Since then, they lost 41-13 against LSU, 66-13 against VT, 52-14 against Michigan, 41-10 against Clemons, 20-13 against Tennessee, 45-10 against Miami, 31-10 against UGA, and the closest they came to a repeat of the 2007 performance was last year in a 45-38 loss to Penn State.

 

 I mean sure, don't overlook anyone, but damn people. If we have to worry about every pip-squeak school who had one big moment more than a decade ago, then we have more serious problems on our plate. One win in the last nine attempts, and everyone is shaking in their damn boots over Appalachian State. 

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22 hours ago, ShepCock said:

LOL.....so did Florida not too long ago. :lol:

Point.

Still none of their wins came from any team with even a shimmer of a pulse. Hell 6 of those wins came from teams with losing records in the C-USA and Sunbelt Conferences. All of this fear of Appalachian State comes from one game 12 years ago. 

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On 6/28/2019 at 2:25 PM, cocky0 said:

Counter-counterpoint. They did lose to Georgia Southern.

 

 

Like I said. Don't overlook any opponent, but also don't do a Lou Holtz impression and make them out to be world-beaters.

 

Agree, Gamecocks should win hands down, Just do not play to the level of the compaction which at times Gamecocks have their issues with these types of games. 

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