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Matt Hayes From The Sporting News Talks College Football

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Mac Attack 08/13/12:  Matt Hayes of the Sporting News joined Mac to preview the College Football season and if LSU is still a favorite to win it all

Hayes said that the championship game should end up as a match between USC and LSU. He still says the win could go both ways.

“Offensively, no one can touch what USC can do. Defensively, there are some issues there. I think their defensive line is very thin. I’m not sure they can line up and trade blows with LSU. They can do it with anyone else they play. I think we’re going to find out about USC when they go on the road and if they get to that championship with an SEC team.”

We turned to talk about Clemson’s potential this season after last year’s series of events. Cutliffe still sees a great deal of potential in the tigers this year, despite their huge loss a the conclusion of last season.

“He’s recruiting probably better than anyone has ever recruited, and he’s getting players, he’s winning big games now. They won the ACC. I think offensively they’re terrific, and I don’t know if they’re going to have enough offensively without Sammy Watkins to beat Auburn, but that will be a fun game…I think they certainly can come back and win the ACC again.”

Moving the conversation to the other big South Carolina football program, we touched on Steve Spurrier’s recent comments. Cutliffe said he definitely has a team to brag about.

“When he starts chirping like that and starts cracking jokes at other people’s expense, he knows he’s got something. He knows he has something right now. It’s odd because he’s finally accepted the fact that ‘I can run and I can play good defense and win in this league, and I don’t have to throw the ball 35 to 40 times.’ He still wants to…but he realizes that he a team right now on both sides of the ball.”

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