Rodney Dangerfield spent a legendary comedy career as the self-proclaimed under-appreciated, under-loved, overlooked underdog.
Rodney, meet Kentucky football……(Spider-Man meme.)
The Cats have spent the year winning, and after an underwhelming first half against Central Michigan—a much lesser foe to open the season—have spent the year overpowering teams, two of which are perennial SEC powers.
Benny Snell is a straight-up primordial beast, dominant in the way a T-Rex was, crushing plants and trees and triceratops and whatever else is in his way.
And, while Mr. Snell Ya Later has received accolades from some national pundits the likes of Paul Finebaum, a quick glance at Bovada’s Heisman odds reveals zero Benny Snells in the top twenty.
Surely, though, after crashing into the nation’s living rooms against a favored Mississippi State team, Vegas is giving the Cats some love for a home game against unranked South Carolina, a team the Cats have beaten the past four years. Well….think again. As of last look, the Gamecocks are a one-point favorite.
I say all that to say this: let the national media and the bookmakers doubt if doubting makes them happy. Let them sleep on Snell, doze on Dorian, jettison Josh, cascade into calmness on the Cats.
Let us, Big Blue Nation, but more importantly the young men suiting up in blue, use the skepticism as fuel. Let the Gamecocks serve as minute hors d’oeuvres to throw into our ravenous maw as we chomp heartily and seek the next meal.
Let’s rise past the lack of love, Dangerfield style, and salute the chumps who doubt us as they don their plaid golf hats of shame, and, with an epic eye roll, smirk, “It looks good on you, though.”