South Carolina’s early-season slate includes nation-leading 3 ranked teams

NCAA Football: Florida at South Carolina

Reaching the SEC Championship Game this season won’t be easy for the preseason Eastern Division favorites.

South Carolina takes on three nationally-ranked opponents over the first five weeks of the season, tied with Clemson for the most for any team in college football over that stretch. A fourth opponent, East Carolina, is considered a tougher non-conference game than “playing one of those bottom Big Ten teams” according to coach Steve Spurrier.

The Head Ball Coach likes his team’s chances despite the SEC’s most challenging early-season slate and for good reason.

South Carolina owns the nation’s longest home winning streak at 18 games and all three contests against ranked opponents — Texas A&M, Georgia and Mizzou — come inside Williams-Brice Stadium.

“(Deputy athletic director) Charles Waddell deserves a big hand. He’s our schedule maker,” Spurrier told The State during the first week of fall practice. “We have a beautiful schedule.”

By Oct. 5, the Gamecocks will know if they have staying power after finishing up their five SEC contest in a six-week span to open the season. No other SEC team has more than three games against league opponents during that period.

SOUTH CAROLINA’S 2014 SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 28 — No. 21 Texas A&M
  • Sept. 6 — East Carolina
  • Sept. 13 — No. 12 Georgia
  • Sept. 20 — at Vanderbilt
  • Sept. 27 — No. 24 Mizzou
  • Oct. 4 — at Kentucky
  • Oct. 11 — OFF
  • Oct. 18 — Furman
  • Oct. 25 — at No. 6 Auburn
  • Nov. 1 — Tennessee
  • Nov. 8 — OFF
  • Nov. 15 — at Florida
  • Nov. 22 — South Alabama
  • Nov. 29 — at No. 16 Clemson

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  • Looking at that schedule, by far the game that worries me the most is @Vandy… with the tendency Carolina has of playing down one game every season, combined with this game coming in between UGA and Mizzou, plus how hard Vandy seems to always play us… has me downright nervous about the game.

    • Past two years that may have been a trap game but Vandy is rebuilding this year. They may make it to 5-7 this year but more likely 4-8.
      They will not beat USC this year.

    • The Kentucky game worries me. By the time we get to Mizzou, the tigers will be higher ranked due to their back-loaded schedule, The team will play up to the level of competition that Mizzou is just like they did Bama a couple years ago. Then see that they have a couple easier games in UK and Furman with Auburn following. As long as they don’t immediately jump their focus on the big game with Auburn, they should be fine…

  • Vandy is always a scrappy team, especially when they play scar. @ Florida & @Auburn concerns me. Carolina never plays well in the swamp and we haven’t beaten Auburn since the 1930’s… Not to mention our D-line has to step up and stop that Read Option. With Tre Mason gone Carolina’s chances may have gotten better but it will still be tough with Gus Mahlzahn calling the shots on the Plains…… We will just have to wait and see. Go Cocks

  • Love the Gamecocks and I think this year could really be something special, BUT Texas begins the season in weeks 3, 4 and 5 playing #7 UCLA, #10 Baylor and #4 OU! Sounds to me a lot tougher than #16 Texas A&M, #12 Georgia and #24 Missouri!

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