Each Monday night during the football season, the blog will look ahead to South Carolina’s next opponent. This week, it’s Coastal Carolina.
This week should be considered the calm before – and after – the storm. South Carolina finds itself stuck in the doldrums, between the end of SEC play and the start of Clemson week.
The conference schedule is behind the Gamecocks. The rivalry is ahead. For now, they’ll spend the necessary time required focusing on Coastal Carolina.
What about Coastal Carolina? Well, beyond having a wicked-cool nickname nobody can spell, the Chanticleers are actually a darn good football team. They’ll enter Williams-Brice Stadium with a 10-1 record, atop the Big South Conference. They’re a nice, little team you likely don’t know a whole lot about.
Read more about them below.
Who: Coastal Carolina (10-1, 4-1 Big South) at No. 12 South Carolina (8-2, 5-2 SEC East)
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) | Columbia
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Radio: Gamecocks Sports Network (WWIK-FM, 98.9 in Charleston) | Affiliates
Line: No line
What to know about Coastal Carolina: Coastal Carolina played its inaugural season 10 years ago, and it was an immediate success. The Chanticleers had a 34-11 record in their first four seasons, until falling on harder times with its first losing record (5-6) in 2007. In his second season as coach, Joe Moglia has pulled Coastal Carolina back to where it began. After being named Big South Coach of the Year in 2012, Moglia has the Chanticleers at 10-1 and maybe – just maybe – believing in miracles.
All-time series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
When they last met: N/A
Which Gamecock is crowing loudest: Brendan Nosovitch. Yes, it’s going to be one of those kind of days. South Carolina’s third-string quarterback may play the entire second half.
Who’s keeping South Carolina coaches up at night: The Gamecocks defense can’t sleep on Lorenzo Taliaferro. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior has SEC size in the backfield, and his numbers our otherworldly. Taliaferro leads the Big South with 1,475 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s good enough to get his yardage, and find the end zone, against USC.
Quotable: Steve Spurrier on not overlooking Coastal Carolina: “We approach this week the same way we approach the Florida game, the Georgia game, Tennessee, Missouri. Same way. We do the same stuff every week. We emphasize the game that’s coming up the best we can. We’re trying to win No. 9, we’re trying to keep our home streak going. We have a lot to worry about this week without worrying about the one next week.”