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Spurrier Won’t Call Saturday’s “Must Win” Game “Must Win”

Georgia is 5-1 in the SEC, South Carolina is 5-2.  For the Gamecocks to repeat as East Division champions, they need to win Saturday at home against Florida and then hope that the Bulldogs are knocked off at home by either Auburn (on Saturday) or Kentucky (next Saturday).

If the Cocks and Dawgs finish 6-2 in league play, Carolina’s 45-42 win over Georgia way back on September 10th would break the tie and Steve Spurrier’s team would head to Atlanta for the league’s championship game.

So unless Carolina expects Auburn and Kentucky to knock off Georgia, the Cocks must win Saturday against Florida to keep hope alive, right?  Not according to the Ol’ Ball Coach:

“We’ll try our best to win.  I don’t like to use the word ‘must.’  Sometimes your guys get too uptight if you say we have to do this or do that.  The only thing we say is play your best.  When you look at the way our team has played this year, you have to say those guys are 7-2 (overall) and in position to achieve some things this year.  We’re not moping around that we’re 7-2.  We have to play the game and fire up some emotion.”

Fair enough.  If the coach doesn’t want to put added pressure on his team — something he’s never worried about with quarterbacks — then that’s his call.  But any Carolina player capable of reading a leaderboard knows what’s at stake Saturday.

As for the team he’s now chasing, Spurrier said yesterday, “If Georgia wins seven straight conference games, they probably deserve to be the Eastern Division champion.”

Probably so.


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