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A View From: Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina from Arsenal Hill [Photo courtesy of Wikiepedia]
Columbia, South Carolina from Arsenal Hill
[Photo courtesy of Wikiepedia]
[su_spacer size=”20″] Mike Morgan is an announcer for the SEC Network, ESPN, and Fox Sports. He is a longtime friend, excellent broadcaster and one of the great guys in the business. Many thanks to Mike for taking the time out of his jet-setting schedule to help us at B.I.
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Did you see the “hang on” win over North Carolina as a direct reflection of the Steve Spurrier impact in Columbia . . . i.e. they expect to win now?
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I think the best thing about the UNC win is that Spurrier didn’t panic, didn’t abandon the run game. Having covered him at Florida and South Carolina, the evolution of Steve has been his willingness to not try to come from behind by throwing it on every down. He’s much more patient.

[su_spacer size=”40″] What is your take on the Gamecocks now?
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Average team by SEC standards. Quarterback issues … lack of depth at wide receiver … and they don’t have the playmakers on defense they enjoyed during those three straight 11-win seasons.

[su_spacer size=”40″] What is your take on Georgia?
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One of the most talented teams in the league–per usual. They simply cannot lose one of those games to an inferior opponent as they usually do every year. The East should belong to them if they don’t have a letdown week. Love, love, love Nick Chubb.

[su_spacer size=”40″] Who do you predict plays in the SEC Championship Game?
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Georgia vs. Alabama

[su_spacer size=”40″] Who are your four favorites to be in the playoff?
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Bama, Ohio St, TCU and USC

[su_spacer size=”40″] Where does Athens rate on your college town list?
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Top five for sure. My favorite spot in the SEC. Love the restaurants and night life. Everything is convenient.

[su_spacer size=”40″] How much longer do you think Coach Spurrier goes?
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If he keeps enjoying success, he’s in no hurry to leave. Another year like 2014, and the golf course is looking pretty good. I think what Steve has realized though … nothing can match his love for coaching college football. If I was a betting man … I’d say two more years.

[su_spacer size=”40″] Who do you think wins the game?
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Georgia. You can expect Carolina’s best punch, but I don’t think it will be enough. If Kentucky can roll up yards and points in Columbia … I expect much more of the same in Athens.

[su_spacer size=”40″] Outside of the “big four,” give me your top five Seinfeld characters.
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Finally, a meaningful question. Eric the Clown, Kenny Banya, J. Peterman and David Putty.

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