South Carolina Gamecocks: Schedule Sets Up Nicely in 2014
During his time at the helm of the South Carolina Gamecocks, head coach Steve Spurrier has taken the program to new heights. South Carolina has racked up three straight 11-win seasons under Spurrier, and despite significant losses from last year’s squad, it appears that the Gamecocks could win double figure games again in 2014.
The 2014 schedule is very friendly for the Gamecocks. In fact, there appear to be only a couple of potential stumbling blocks on the road to a Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title.
South Carolina opens the 2014 slate at home against the Texas A&M Aggies. This will be A&M’s first game without Johnny Manziel since 2011, and to open at Williams-Brice Stadium will be no easy task for the new Aggies’ quarterback.
The following week, South Carolina hosts FCS foe Furman in Columbia.
What will be the toughest game of the season is the following week, when South Carolina visits the defending SEC champions, the Auburn Tigers on the Plains.
Following that contest, the Gamecocks welcome the Tennessee Volunteers to Columbia.
South Carolina then gets a week off before visiting the Florida Gators in the Swamp. The home finale is against South Alabama, a week prior to the Gamecocks’ annual matchup against the Clemson Tigers, which is the final game of the regular season. That game will be played in Death Valley.
It appears that only two big tests face the Gamecocks in 2014 – the road games at Auburn and at Clemson. This schedule should produce an SEC East title and a bid in the SEC Championship Game. And it appears that South Carolina could easily win 11 games for a fourth straight season.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.