There is a lot of buzz around the football team due to National Signing day. There is somewhat of a renewed interest after the dismal end of last season.
South Carolina starts the season with three straight home games. Yes, you read that right.
The Gamecocks host Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, and Missouri. I really feel like South Carolina MUST start 3-0 to have a chance at having a successful season.
The Coastal game should be one that everyone plays, and you get to see a lot of the new freshmen.
You get a small taste of what Mike Bobo wants to do and just an overall fun game. This game should never be in doubt.
East Carolina brings a different challenge and need I remind you the last time they came to Columbia?
The Gamecocks barely held on for a 20-15 win which was only Will Muschamp’s third game as head coach.
Let’s be realistic. South Carolina should have more than enough on both sides of the ball to win this game.
I think a lot of people will feel uneasy because of the App State game last year, and that’s fair. This also will likely be another noon kick in the wonderful hot September we’ve grown accustomed to.
South Carolina should come out and establish themselves running the football and the defense should have their way.
Missouri will be the toughest out of the three, but I think South Carolina matches up well with them.
Kelly Bryant is no longer with the Tigers, nor is Barry Odom. They have a new coach who will be establishing a new system and Williams-Brice is still an intimidating place.
Yes, we all know the Gamecocks got ran out of Faurot field last year.
However, USC was down 10 and driving when Ryan Hilinski threw that pick-six that effectively ended the game.
This is a conference game South Carolina must win to have a chance for a bowl game.
The 2020 schedule looks brutal and there are some rough road games.
Therefore, South Carolina must get off to a good start because these are three winnable games.
I feel like a 3-0 is a must for Will Muschamp and his future. Losing to East Carolina or Missouri at home will really turn up the heat that was burning at the end of last season.
The next three game stretch will further determine what type of season is in store for our Gamecocks.
Simply put, they need to be undefeated going into that next stretch.