In the world of NCAA football, there are few coaches that can turn a program from nothing into something by simply signing with the team. One of those coaches is Steve Spurrier. While things haven’t gone as well for Spurrier in South Carolina as they did in Florida, he has still led them to seven bowl games since being hired in 2005. In the past two seasons, Spurrier has coached the team to consecutive 11-2 seasons and will look to improve on that record in 2013. How did 2012 turn out for the Gamecocks and what are the key games on their 2013 schedule?
The 2012 Gamecocks had a chance to make it into the BCS National Championship game. They had a talented roster, but back-to-back losses to LSU and Florida derailed hopes of playing for the national title. The team still had their share of monumental victories as they knocked off Georgia, Clemson and Michigan. Despite their win in the Outback Bowl, the Gamecocks know that their 2012 season wasn’t what it could or should have been.
Key 2013 Games
On paper, the Gamecocks don’t have the toughest schedule this season, but in the tough Southeastern Conference, one never knows what the kind of fight they will see. What are some of the most important games on their schedule?
- Saturday, September 7 – @ Georgia (Lost: Final Score Georgia Bulldogs 41 – 30 South Carolina Gamecocks)
A year ago, South Carolina embarrassed the Bulldogs in Columbia, but will have to travel to Athens for their second game of the season. Georgia is another team that could wonder what could have been in 2012 were it not for the loss. Both teams will come into this game amped up, which should lead to fun action for fans.
- Saturday, November 30 – vs. Clemson
The season will conclude for the Gamecocks with a game against Clemson in the Battle of the Palmetto State. The two teams have met 110 times since their first meeting in 1896 with Clemson holding the considerable lead in victories with 65. A year ago, South Carolina picked up the win in Clemson and will look to get the win at home this season.
Other Games of Note:
Saturday, October 19 – @ Tennessee
Saturday, November 16 – vs. Florida