The Cotton Bowl’s sincere interest in South Carolina is a mutual feeling, coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.
The Gamecocks will fall short of making their first BCS bowl bid, despite a 10-2 record and No. 8 ranking in the BCS standings. However, a third straight 10-win season has them in line for one of the SEC’s premier January bowl games.
South Carolina will travel to an attractive location over the holidays. Spurrier told The Post and Courier his preference is the Cotton Bowl.
“That would be a trip that would probably be at the top of our list, if we had a choice,” Spurrier said. “The Capital One Bowl is an excellent bowl, there’s no question about that. If they send us there, that would be fine also. But, because I’ve never coached it – and I’ve coached about all the rest of them – certainly if I had my choice that would be where I think our team would like to go. And I think most of our fans would like to go to the Cotton Bowl. So we’ll see where it plays out, I guess.”
For more information on South Carolina’s potential bowl destination, check PostandCourier.com later Tuesday night.
With the bowl season just around the corner, South Carolina’s chances of reaching an ideal, New Year’s Day bowl likely is a lock.
For all practical purposes, the Gamecocks’ list of potential bowl destinations narrowed to three during a wild, whacky and unpredictable weekend in college football. Right now, the Capital One, Outback and Cotton Bowl Classic are all possibilities.
Trying to determine which destination South Carolina is more likely to go can be tricky. With a conference championship game to be played between Auburn and Missouri this weekend, a major piece of the SEC bowl picture remains incomplete. Regardless, the chances of USC making holiday trips to Orlando, Tampa or Dallas are overwhelming, according to multiple bowl CEOs.
Here are some extra quotes from the Capital One, Outback and Cotton Bowl to get a better idea of what they think about the Gamecocks. Info about each bowl is also provided below.
Continue reading “Cotton Bowl CEO Rick Baker: ‘We would be very proud to have coach Spurrier in our game’” »
COLUMBIA — Everything was supposed to change this time. Even if South Carolina beat Clemson again, it wasn’t supposed to be dominant. These were the juggernaut Tigers, a team that ripped through its ACC schedule with ease. Its seven wins in conference play had come by double digits. Yes, Clemson had lost to Florida State, but it had also beaten a healthy Georgia team.
Surely, it was time for Clemson to compete, if not win.
It didn’t happen Saturday night. No. 10 South Carolina extended its rivalry winning streak to five games with a 31-17 victory over No. 6 Clemson before a crowd of 84,174. All five wins have come by double digits. All five have come with USC doing exactly what it wanted, dominating time of possession and keeping drives alive on third down, pressuring Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and forcing a powerful offense out of rhythm.
South Carolina (10-2) didn’t get the SEC East title it hoped for Saturday. Missouri beat Texas A&M to win the division. Mizzou will play Saturday in the SEC Championship Game, not USC. An Oct. 19 loss at Tennessee will haunt the Gamecocks this offseason, but not as much as if they’d lost this game. South Carolina ended its season in dominant fashion, with a season-high five-game winning streak and two victories over top 10 opponents.
USC saved its best performance of the regular season for last. They exposed Clemson not as the juggernaut Tigers, but as the paper Tigers. Here’s a look at the Gamecocks Grades.
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For 364 days a year, this state thinks about today. Finally, the wait is over. Finally, it’s here.
Welcome to rivalry Saturday, folks.
No. 10 South Carolina will host No. 6 Clemson at 7 tonight on ESPN2. You could argue this is the biggest game ever between the two schools. Never before have both teams met when ranked in the top 10.
As always, The Post and Courier had you covered this week. In case you missed any of our Gamecocks coverage, check out the links below.
(If you’re looking for opponent links, colleague Aaron Brenner listed his Clemson coverage. You can find that here.)
Continue reading “The Tailgate: Comprehensive links to this week’s South Carolina-Clemson coverage” »
Make sure you pick up a copy of The Post and Courier on Saturday morning. If you care about this rivalry at all, just do yourself that favor. On game day, you’ll find complete coverage from both perspectives. We’ve got previews for both teams, positional breakdowns, rivalry info, a balanced look at how both teams are approaching the most important game of the year.
Believe me, it’ll be worth reading.
For now, a little sneak peek. My buddy and colleague Aaron Brenner made his prediction and released it to the public earlier today. Below, I’ll offer my pick, as well as an explanation.
Continue reading “Prediction: On game day eve, my South Carolina-Clemson pick” »