South Carolina Gamecocks Football Schedule
The University of South Carolina is an athletic powerhouse, punching
out some of the most dominant teams in Southeastern Conference of the NCAA in more sports than one. When it comes to college
football, the South Carolina Gamecocks are a perennial big player in the SEC, and the Gamecocks schedule is always packed
full of big games against SEC rivals like the Ole Miss Rebels, Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, LSU Tigers, Florida Gators
and Kentucky Wildcats. With such big teams parading around the SEC, it's no wonder why tickets are such a hot commodity whenever
conference competitors show up to the Williams-Brice Stadium on the South Carolina campus for big matchups against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina football fans flock to the 'Cock Pit' for home games, and there are more than a few highly anticipated games
on the schedule this season!
South Carolina Gamecocks Football Conference
As part of the powerhouse Southeastern
Conference, the South Carolina Gamecocks have their work cut out for them every single year when football season rolls around.
The Gamecocks have been part of the SEC for decades, and have last took home the SEC East title in 2010, when the Gamecocks
took down No. 1-ranked Alabama as well as Florida for the win. Since 1992, the SEC has been split into two divisions, with
South Carolina competing in the Eastern Division alongside the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee
Volunteers, Missouri Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores. The Gamecocks' winning streak dates back to the 1930s, when the South
Carolina football team became Southern Conference Champions for the first time in 1933, and the wins keep stacking up for
the South Carolina football squad. Come out to an upcoming home football game at the Williams-Brice Stadium to cheer on the
Gamecocks to another big victory this season.
South Carolina Gamecocks Football Rivalries
The South Carolina
Gamecocks have absolutely no shortage of rivals thanks to their involvement in the Southeastern Conference, although there
are a few teams that bring even more fans flocking to the football stadium than others. The Clemson Tigers are undoubtedly
the Gamecocks' biggest rivals on the football field, and the teams have been battling each other on the turf annually since
1896. When the Gamecocks and Tigers square off, the resulting matchup is known as The Palmetto Bowl in the SEC, and the game
is most always televised nationally. The Gamecocks are also big rivals of the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators, which are
also SEC Eastern powerhouses. Regardless of the conference matchup, the South Carolina Gamecocks always have their A-game
on tap when Southeastern Conference teams come knocking.
South Carolina Gamecocks Football Tournament History
NCAA has the Big Dance in college basketball, so it also has bowl games in NCAA football. There are tons of bowl games to
get excited about during the holiday season, and especially when the South Carolina Gamecocks are involved. Aside from division
titles, which the Gamecocks took home most recently in 2010, the team has also amassed 18 bowl appearances, including multiple
berths in the Gator Bowl, Liberty Bowl and Outback Bowl. The Gamecocks' most recent wins have been in 2006 at the Liberty
Bowl over Houston, 2012 in the Capital One Bowl over Nebraska, and 2013 in the Outback Bowl over Michigan. In divisional championships,
the Gamecocks have been a strong competitor in the SEC East, making it to the Eastern conference in 2010 but losing to Auburn
for the title.
South Carolina Gamecocks Football Trivia
If you remember names like Sterling Sharpe, Steve
Wadiak, George Rogers or Mike Johnson, you might be a fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks. All of these players' numbers (2,
37, 38, and 56, respectively) have been retired by the Gamecocks, and Rogers especially made a name for himself outside of
the ranks of South Carolina. While playing for the Gamecocks, Rogers won the Heisman Trophy in 1980, and he was named as the
only Gamecocks player to be named to the College Football Hall of Famers (alongside Gamecocks coaches Lou Holtz and Steve
Spurrier). After earning All-American honors, Rogers went on to play for the NFL for seven years, drafted as the No. 1 overall
pick in the 1981 NFL Draft for the New Orleans Saints and retiring in 1987 with the Washington Redskins. During his tenure
in the NFL, Rogers was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (1981), was a two-time Pro Bowl pick (in 1981 and 1982)
and even helped the Redskins to a Super Bowl victory (in 1987). Today, football fans heading to South Carolina's Williams-Brice
Stadium will notice that the road that runs along the north end of the stadium has been named after the school's most famed
football player, known as George Rogers Boulevard. Rogers still holds Top 10 records in the NFL, and is second to Eric Dickerson
in rushing yards during a rookie season, with 1,674 yards.