His team having survived a multitude of mistakes in Music City two games back, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier issued a negative review.
"Everybody here knows what a good team looks like," said the Head Ball Coach after Carolina's 14-point win over Vanderbilt. "And we ain't one."
Over the weekend his Gamecocks proved that was no joke, collapsing down the stretch to lose 21-20 at home to Missouri.
"It didn't work out," Spurrier said.
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This isn't to say the Gamecocks will arrive as underdogs Saturday night when they meet a 3-1 Kentucky, which finally called a halt to its 17-game SEC losing streak with a 10-point win over Vanderbilt.
It is to say that five games is enough of a sample size to know there is a legitimate reason Spurrier keeps pulling that visor over his eyes as if he can't stand to watch his team for one more down.
The 2014 Gamecocks have yet to overcome the graduation/departures of quarterback Connor Shaw, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and wide receiver Bruce Ellington, just to name a few.
That's especially true in the case of Shaw, he of the shaved head and hard-to-replace savvy. It was Shaw's grit that helped Carolina engineer the 2013 Miracle at Mizzou in which South Carolina erased a 17-point second-half deficit to win in double overtime.
His replacement, Dylan Thompson, is a better passer, but lacks Shaw's feet and fight. Give Thompson time to throw and the senior can turn Spurrier's scheme into scores. (Ask Georgia, which lost 38-35 to the Gamecocks.) Pressure Thompson, as Missouri did Saturday night on the way to four sacks, and Spurrier's offense struggles.
Then again, until the final quarter Saturday night, offense was not really South Carolina's problem.
Defense was the team's downfall. The Gamecocks entered Saturday dead last in the SEC in total defense, allowing 480 yards per game and 6.8 yards per play.
You might remember the season opener on Aug. 28 when Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill and the Aggies christened the SEC Network by rolling up 680 yards and 52 points against the Gamecocks in Columbia.
In quite the turnaround, South Carolina had manhandled the Missouri offense as the Gamecocks extended their lead to 20-7 with 7:25 remaining. Then the roof caved in as the Carolina defense played its worst just when the home team needed it the most.
Talk about high-tempo offense, it took Missouri 36 seconds and three plays to drive 68 yards and cut the lead to 20-14. After a Carolina three-and-out, Missouri went 51 yards in nine plays, taking the lead on a 1-yard Russell Hansbrough run on fourth-and-goal from the 1.
It was a bad night for Spurrier all around, starting when he lost a first-quarter gamble and Carolina couldn't convert on a fourth-and-1 at its own 42. ("I thought we could get 1 yard," said the coach later.) Missouri turned the 1-yard failure into six Mizzou points.
Then Spurrier nearly did a face plant in the second half when Missouri's scrambling quarterback Maty Mauk ran up the coach's back on the Carolina sideline. (Spurrier didn't look too happy about it, either.)
Finally, Spurrier admitted he should have gone for two points when Thompson's 24-yard scoring pass to Paroh Cooper extended the lead to 19-7. Spurrier said he didn't even think of it until after the Gamecocks had kicked the extra point.
Before the season, Kentucky (without a league win since 2011) beating South Carolina (rocking three consecutive 11-win seasons) might have been unthinkable.
Now, you'd have to say the Cats at least have a chance. Mark Stoops' team is clearly better than a season ago, and Spurrier's team is clearly not as good.
Just ask the coach.