University of Central Florida
Location: Orlando Florida
Students: 60,181 (50,968 Undergrad) 2nd largest University in US
Stadium: Bright House Network stadium (Capacity 45,000)
Head Coach: George O’Leary ( 10th Season, 63-55)
Conference: American Athletic Conference
2013 record: 3-0 coming off a bye last week
Overall Record Vs. Gamecocks: Gamecocks Lead series 3-0
Famous Alumni: Daniel Tosh (comedian), Brandon Marshall (NFL WR), Daunte Culpepper (former NFL QB)no comments
South Carolina fans, want some free Gamecocks swag to get you ready for the upcoming UCF game? KeyPoint Technologies is giving away 5 copies of its South Carolina Gamecocks college football keyboard.
The folks over at KeyPoint recently released this South Carolina-themed virtual keyboard for Android phones (sorry – no iPhone version just yet). These keyboards have the USC colors and logo along with a dictionary built just for the school, which means it already knows things like the player’s names, pubs located around campus (always helpful after the game!) and stuff like that.
Another thing that’s pretty cool is the word prediction. Start spelling the word “Spur” for example and it’ll suggest “Spurrier” before you’ve spelled half of the word. Makes it easier to text to a friend “Spurrier is gonna destory UCF this week.”
Winning the college football keyboard app is simple: The first 5 readers that leave us a comment in the comments section below will get the app emailed to them. Pretty easy, right? While you’re at it, don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, which is always a great way to stay up to date on the latest Gamecocks news.
Here are two pics of the app:no comments
South Carolina takes on their second BCS out of conference foe this weekend. The Gamecocks travel to Orlando to face Central Florida. After a high profile, Thursday night opener against North Carolina and a Top 15 match up with Georgia, a game against an AAC opponent isn't going to draw much national interest. The game will be televised nationally on ABC, but unless UCF pulls the upset the game won't make many national waves.
Coming into the season, South Carolina was ranked in the Top 10 and had aspirations of winning the East, the SEC and maybe more. Those hopes took a hit in Athens a few weeks ago, but they're not off the board. The biggest change is that Carolina is not quite at the top of the minds of many college football fans. USC doesn't have a nationally interesting game for a while either.
For the next 6 weeks the Gamecocks will play a similar game, over and over. They will play against a team who they will be favored to beat. Other than Kentucky the spreads will probably be 5-15 points in USC's favor. The teams Carolina will be playing will be capable of beating the Gamecocks, but if Carolina plays well upsets aren't likely.
The games will all be televised to large, usually national, audiences. But there'll not be a lot of national buzz around most of the games. That's fine. Less attention means less hype. Hype brings two dangers. There is the pressure to live up to they hype, and there is the danger of believing the hype. For the next 6 weeks those concerns should be minimized.
Carolina should win their next six games. If they do, it will be relatively quiet. The second off week will come in November, and USC will be 8-1. They'll be ranked somewhere in the Top 10, and perhaps the Top 5. Everyone will take notice when they play Florida. Depending on what the Bulldogs do, the game could be for the East, and half of the season below the radar may be a blessing to the team.
Students: 12,745 total, 6,796 Undergrad
2013 Record: 1-1 (0-1 SEC)
All-time Record Vs. USC: USC leads series 18-4
Last year against Gamecocks: USC won 17-13
Head Coach: James Franklin (3rd season as head coach 16-12 overall record)no comments
Sport is one thing in this American life that allows you to turn to a game, listen to an album while it plays in the background, and fully understand what happened and whether you are pleased with the result.
My wife, however, wants to listen to the game. When it is a game I am interested in, I don’t mind hearing what they are saying, either to laugh at the broadcaster for being slower than my buddy next to me who said the same thing 5 seconds ago, or that occasion when a broadcaster expresses any genuine insight. The latter seems to be happening less and less.
Allow me to continue this thought....no comments
Here is your Gamecocks Podcast putting a nail in the coffin dealing with the UGa win against our beloved USC Gamecocks. Take a listen:
Well, the sun came up the day after South Carolina lost to Georgia. Before we give a opinion after we had a chance to sleep on the defeat, here are the highlights of the UGa win:
As you see, the Gamecocks got beat. Is it the end of the college football world...no. USC must improve both on-the-field of play and in the coaching style. South Carolina can not expect anyone to roll over for them just because we have Coach Spurrier, a guy named Clowney and a preseason Top 10 ranking. This is SEC football kids and somehow I feel that aspect was lost with some. Wins must be earned and fundamental football must be executed at all times.
We should have known UGa would be hungry in this game, we should have known they would gameplan away from Clowney, we should have known they would run and run some more, we should have known Murray would play with a chip on his shoulder. All this, yet we still felt we could just line up on defense and expect UGa to not execute. Our defense did not step up and we had some offensive blunders. So the result is a loss.
Now, let's put our bandaid on and prepare for Vandy. Plenty of season to go. All the goals are still within reach. This loss needs to be spun into a good thing. Call it a wake up call that the Gamecocks need to be Fighting Gamecocks. I still believe this is one of the most talented teams ever in Columbia but talent alone does not win games. It is about playing hard every snap, doing the little things, staying positive and executing the assignments.
Ladies and Gents....the Gamecocks are 1-1. There are 10 games left. It ain't over. This team has the tools to make this a special season and it begins today with righting the attitude and commiting to not letting another team out-play them.no comments