On Sunday night the University announced what everyone already knew: South Carolina had been invited to play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. The Gamecocks will be playing Wisconsin at 1 pm on New Year's Day. Outside of the BCS the Capital One Bowl is the most prestigous bowl an SEC team can attend. The success of the Gamecocks' season was validated by being selected by the first bowl that had a chance to pick them.no comments
The No. 6 Clemson (10-1) football team travels to No. 10 South Carolina (9-2) for what is dubbed the "Palmetto Bowl" and is surely going to be worth watching. There are lots of storylines and things to watch for but in our view this narrows down to two key match-ups that will dictate which team comes out of this game with a win. They are:
South Carolina's Corey Robinson versus Clemson's Vic Beasley
It should be fun to watch two guys battle on the line that are both headed to the NFL post-college. Beasley comes in with a stat line that reads - 30 tackles/17 TFL/10 sacks. He is quick and for USC to have success on the offensive side of the ball it will be up to Corey Robinson to protect the quarterback. Robinson has all the skills to do his job, he just needs to put it on display for each snap. If he does it and limits Beasley then USC's backfield should have plenty of time to operate.
Clemson's Brandon Thomas versus South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina’s star defensive end recorded 41/2 sacks in the Gamecocks’ fourth straight series victory last season but both men are playing much different in 2013. With that, both want to shine in this game and whomever gets the best of this match-up will shine bright as it will be the difference. Clemson's offense need Thomas to keep Clowney at bay.
Notice these two match-ups are in the trenches. It is there that this game will be determined.no comments
Here is LOHD on WACH Fox, thanks to Tyler Ryan, giving a chat about the South Carolina versus Clemson football game. Take a look:
The South Carolina Gamecocks football squad had no trouble with FCS member Coastal Carolina Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium winning 70-14. Here are the video highlights:
Want to know more about the game with Coastal? Here's LJ on WACH FOX this morning. Take a look:
University of Florida
2013 Record: 4-5 overall, 3-4 SEC
Overall Record vs. Gamecocks: Gators lead series 24-6-3
Gators Head Coach: Will Muschamp 3rd season as head coach (22-13)
Yesterday, we took the pessimists view and shared our fears for how Saturday could go horribly wrong. Today, we are trying to be the rare optimistic Gamecock fan and give you reasons to feel warm and fuzzy about Florida.
This has been the dominant story line of the week and of the Florida season. To hear a Gator talk about injuries, it sounds like a Greek tragedy. They have lost many, many players and are playing back ups and third string players. The result of these injuries is clear: the Gators have a losing record. They are as banged up as ever this week, and that should give Carolina a huge, huge advantage.
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Optimism is running high in Columbia and desperation rampant in Gainesville. That all may change in three hours Saturday night. The Gators could very well win this game. Here's how:
The talk all week in Columbia has been solely focused on how big South Carolina is going to win. Match-ups and analysis have taken a back seat since it seems a victory is a foregone conclusion. That's fine for radio shows and blogs, but it's not ok for players and coaches. You hope that kind of complacency doesn't seep into the team's psyche, but it could, and if it does, it is dangerous.
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