Snap Judgments: Costly win for S. Carolina, more Week 7 thoughts
Before you start pelting me with "Where's Holly" e-mails, allow me to explain. I'm reprising my former role as snap judge because Holly has a friend who should not be allowed to live in the South. Why? Because this friend scheduled her wedding on a Saturday in October. Holly, because she is a good friend who doesn't judge -- except when asked to do it for money by SI.com -- is attending the wedding. Hopefully, after the honeymoon, the bride and groom will leave their home in Nashville for somewhere where they're a better cultural fit.
On to the judginess....
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said the initial diagnosis was a sprained knee. Later, Spurrier said the injury "could be serious" and that Lattimore "could be out for a while," according to Josh Kendall at The State. Anyone who watched South Carolina lose to Kentucky last year knows the Gamecocks are a different team without Lattimore. Against the Bulldogs, the post-Garcia South Carolina wasn't particularly good with Lattimore. The Gamecocks gained 303 yards and managed just 3.1 yards a carry on the ground.
By virtue of its Week 2 win at Georgia, South Carolina controls its destiny in the SEC East, but it's difficult to believe the Gamecocks can emerge unscathed from games at Tennessee and at Arkansas if Lattimore doesn't play. Fortunately for them, the Gamecocks have an open date before they head to Knoxville. That's enough time for Spurrier to go deep into the swamps around Charleston to find a healer capable of bringing Lattimore back healthy.
It's a testament to the generosity of Badgers coach Bret Bielema that he didn't try to break 100 a year after hanging 83 on the Hoosiers. Of course, if Michigan State or Ohio State do something to tick off Bielema in the next two weeks, it's entirely possible the Badgers might hit triple digits against Purdue or Minnesota.
I don't get to call them the Fightin' Texas Gaggies anymore, but what I do get to call them is the best threat to knock off Oklahoma before Bedlam. A&M is one of the few teams that can match up with the Sooners athletically, and they might be able to match Oklahoma's scoring pace if Landry Jones has an off day. Unfortunately, that game is in Norman -- so the folks in College Station shouldn't get their hopes up too much.
Most interesting is the fact that Miami won on the arm of Jacory Harris, who threw for the three touchdowns and -- wait for it -- zero interceptions, while star tailback Lamar Miller gained only 29 yards on 16 carries. Your unbelievable true fact of the day: This was Miami's first win at North Carolina in five tries. John Bunting remembers this every time he checks his bank balance.
Silas Redd (28 carries, 131 yards, one touchdown) was Penn State's most reliable offensive weapon, and the defense came up huge when it stuffed a two-point conversion try late in the game to maintain a lead. It isn't pretty, but 6-1 is 6-1, and next week's visit to Northwestern is winnable. Then, if the Nittany Lions can sneak a win against Nebraska or Ohio State -- stranger things have happened -- they can win eight games despite having no discernible plan at quarterback. That would be nothing short of astounding.