COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — If last week’s three upsets in the top four weren’t enough to indicate a crazy, college football season, how’s this: Steve Spurrier owns the country’s No. 1 defense.
That’s right, the South Carolina coach famed for shredding top defenses with his Fun-’n-Gun attack during 12 seasons at Florida, now points with pride to his stout bunch of Gamecocks.
“That’s pretty neat,” he said Tuesday.
Through five games, South Carolina has allowed fewer than 222 yards a game, ahead of Arizona in second and Florida State in third. They’re also second nationally against the pass with a 105-yard average under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson.
“Yeah, I don’t know that we ever had that before,” Spurrier said with a grin.
It’s probably a good thing, too, since the “####-’n-Fire” offense at South Carolina has yet to take off in Spurrier’s fourth year. The Gamecocks (3-2, 0-2 SEC) stand eighth in Southeastern Conference scoring and total offense as they resume league play at Ole Miss on Saturday.