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GamecockFanatics Prediction win's & lose's for 2019 Gamecock Football season


July 10, 2019, | by HF


Predictions for South Carolina’s tough 2019 football season


GCF 2019 predictions for 2019. Let me start out that I do feel it is possibility to have a very nice season even a chance at a 9 win campaign for 2019. Chances to me are 50-50. Lot of good fortunes will have to fall the Gamecocks way, To start with, need to win over one of the top three Bama, Georgia or Clemson to make the 9 wins possible plus other pieces of the puzzle will have to fit like not having a repeat of last years rash of inures which for all purposes desolated the team in 2018. Yes annalist rank the Gamecocks schedule as the toughest but there is wiggle room for a nine win season here and the games I have but in the win column will give the Gamecocks the best chance to reach the 9 win totals with fall practice just weeks away this is a very good time to dive into my prediction for 2019. So here we go.


The Gamecocks’ 2018 season is now in the distant past With the disappointing 28-0 loss vs Virginia in the Belk Bowl. The Gamecocks finish the season 7-6. Now let's look at the 2019 season which will be here before you know with fall practice coming now just weeks away. To start of with the 2019 campaign will be a season in which South Carolina will play Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson, all of whom will be ranked in the top five before the season starts in August.This will mark the toughest season on paper since South Carolina played No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Alabama and No. 4 Ole Miss in the 2009 season. Here’s a look at each game of next year’s regular season:


North Carolina, Aug. 31, Charlotte, N.C.

The Tar Heels will be coming off a 2-9 season but should be energized by the re-hiring of head coach Mack Brown, at least for one game. The Gamecocks are 3-1 all-time in Bank of America Stadium with only loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. Gamecocks will be playing their second straight game in the home of the Carolina Panthers coming off the disappointing loss in Dec. 29 Belk Bowl. I feel the Gamecocks will be fired up to make up for the Bolw loss here in late December along with a much improved defense with an offense ready to  explode under the helm of Jake Bentley. My Prediction Win 37-14


Charleston Southern, Sept. 7, Columbia

The Buccaneers finished 5-6 this season. This is a paycheck game for them and a win for South Carolina to start the season at 2-0. My Prediction Win 55-10


Alabama, Sept. 14, Columbia

South Carolina is the last SEC East team to beat the Crimson Tide. That victory came on Oct. 9, 2010 in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama was the defending national champion and on a 19-game winning streak entering that game. The Tide is expected to be one of the top teams to play for the national champion this season. With a roster full of high quality players and one of the best ever to coach in the collage ranks in Nick Saban. Gamecocks will come up shore here for there first loss of the season for if you can say a respectable loss. My Prediction Loss 28-14


Missouri, Sept. 21, Columbia, Mo.

The Tigers probably will start Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant at quarterback. Bryant threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 Clemson win over South Carolina in 2017. That will make what has become one of the Gamecocks’ weirdest rivalries interesting for another year. It is very possible that they might not win an SEC game this year. Kelly Bryant isn’t half the QB Drew Lock was AND they lost their phenomenal WR Emanuel Hall. Drew Locke carried that team last year and Clemson carried Kelly Bryant, he still struggled with throwing to NFL players. So with that said Gamecocks head home and stand at 3-1  to face off againt Kentucky the following week My Prediction win 37-21


Kentucky, Sept. 28, Columbia

Five. That’s how many consecutive games the Wildcats have now won over the Gamecocks. South Carolina has beaten Tennessee and Florida three times each in that same time span. It’s an unfamiliar world in which the Gamecocks are above the Volunteers and Gators in the SEC East but being dominated by Kentucky. The good news is tailback Benny Snell will be gone (and the Wildcats just lost a commitment from a four-star running back ). I consider this one of the most wins for Boom and the Gamecock program to take a big step forward to show recruits, fans the media that he can win as a head coach here and simply say Florida was just a hiccup in his short head coaching career.My Prediction Win 35-14


Georgia, Oct. 12, Athens, Ga.

Gamecocks will be set with a 4-1 record when they invade Sanford Stadium. This rivalry seems like it’s going to be very little fun for South Carolina or anybody else in the SEC East for a few more season. The Bulldogs are on a 13-game winning streak against the rest of the division and figure to be stronger in 2019 than they were in 2018.  Gamecocks will have to hands full with the talented Georgia team, but the gamecocks will be in the game. I ook for a closer game then most expect but no win for the Garnet here not this Saturday anyhow. My Prediction Loss  28-21


Florida, Oct. 19, Columbia

Now that the Gamecocks record stands at 4-2  Next up the Gators who will have probably have found a quarterback that Dan Mullen likes by this point of the season, and it probably will be Emory Jones. Mullen has proven dangerous when he has the right quarterback in place, but the Gamecocks have won three of their last four against Florida in Williams-Brice Stadium and I see that trend sticking around for the 2019 campaign and and nice 5-1 record head up to Tennessee country. My Prediction Win 24-21


Tennessee, Oct. 26, Knoxville, Tenn.

The Gamecocks have beaten the Volunteers three straight times for just the second time in school history. Another win would establish a record winning streak against Tennessee and keep South Carolina a step ahead in the competition to challenge Georgia in the division. But it will not be a easy task ahead, most feel it is in the cards that Tennessee wins this one. I am going to buck the system and call a very very close win by the Garnet and black on this one and are will be bowl eligible. My Prediction Win 28-27


Vanderbilt, Nov. 2, Columbia

I feel at this point most Gamecock fans would be happy heading to the Vanderbilt game here in Columbia with a record of 5-2 would be welcomed by all. For me for sure and with a bowl game on line to beat Vanderbilt all the better here. Correct? The Gamecocks are on a 10-game winning streak in this series. The Commodores are expected to again be the Commodores in what will be the latest-in-the-season meeting ever between these teams. Gamecock 7-2 bowl bound  this win now count to a better Bowl placement. My Prediction Win 38-17


Appalachian State, Nov. 9, Columbia
Appalachian State history is eye opening for a smaller division school, the App State football program has won over 550 games, claimed three national championships and appeared in the Division-I FCS playoffs 20 times. The Mountaineers have 19 conference championships and have one of the nation's best home field. With that said, Appalachian State can strike fear in a  D1 football program they have a history of doing that just ask a few like Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina among other D1 notches on their guns. No fear here Gamecocks will not fall into there nasty ways of App' St.beating the more Scholarship and more talented D1 teams Gamecocks will be 8-2 heading up to Texas with a big showdown vs the Texas A&M Aggie's. My Prediction Win 28-13


Texas A&M, Nov. 16, College Station, Texas

The Aggie's are 5-0 all-time against South Carolina, and this game won’t be any easier. Quarterback Kellen Mond, a junior, will be in his second straight season with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, and Kyle Field is an intimidating environment. Gamecocks will have to what till next year to get that first win over A&M Gamecocks fall to 8-3 record with one game left on there schedule.The biggest of them all!! "THE RIVALRY." MY Prediction Loss 27-21


Clemson, Nov. 30, Columbia

South Carolina is making progress against its in-state rival, but the hard facts are that the Tigers have won five in a row, the most recent by 21 points in a game during which the Gamecocks offense could not have played much better. Will Muschamp eventually will have to turn this rivalry around, but it probably will not come in this game or will it? In order for the Gamecocks to reach 9 win plateau is to beat one of the top three which I hit on at the beginning of the article. To me this is the one. Yes a shocker in the COCKPIT The Gamecocks do not match up talent wise but down deep where sometimes it counts a team just mustard's’ up what is needed to win these type of the game especially rival games like this one. Gamecocks win a hard fought battle with the Tigers to go 9-3 for the regular season and now get ready for a big bowl game to finish off the 2019 season.  My Prediction Win 35-34


What to expect

This slate probably makes a 9-3 season the best case scenario for South Carolina, which would have to turn around its fortunes against both Kentucky and beat Florida and then Tennessee again just to make that happen. Also have to add taken down one of the three, Bama, Georgia or Clemson. At this time I can see this scenario playing out. My worst case if all fails is a 5-7 but most plausible 7-5.




My outlook will be a Georgia or Florida for the east title with my money now on Georgia. Gamecocks third and a shot at the 2 spot. A improved Tennessee team 4rd  Kentucky rebuilding along with Mizzu battling for and 5th and 6th place.Vanderbilt trying to stay out of the cellar but finishing there at number 7 spot.


1 Georgia

2 Florida
3 South Carolina
4 Mizzu 
5 Tennessee
6 Kentucky
7 Vanderbilt


2019 Schedule wins & loses 


Charleston Southern- W
Alabama -L
Mizz- W

Florida -W
Tenn- W
Vandy- W
App St- W 

Texas A&M-L



Final analyst


9-3 could happen, optimistically with improvements along the lines OL and DL plus Linebacker and a much-needed running game to help out with QB play will make the difference for a possible 9 win campaign. Good chance this year Gamecocks beat Kentucky because of all the losses on offense and defense should be enough to break that losing streak. But the others for the most part no. Only other games the Gamecocks can break another losing streak would be Texas A&M and Clemson. My upset of the year will be the last game of the the seaon before heading to a Bowl. Yes, Gamecocks break the streak and win to end the five game skid to close the regular season with a 9-3 slate..



Will Muschamp's first 3 years were better than Steve Spurrier's, but can he keep it going?


Will Muschamp is comfortably in his second stint piloting a program that Steve Spurrier once led to some of the best seasons in program history.


On the surface, it might seem that Muschamp is struggling to keep up with Spurrier’s accomplishments, both in recruiting and on-the-field results, overall and against the likes of rivals like Clemson. Spurrier’s South Carolina tenure is perhaps most known for the three consecutive 11-2 seasons, the 2010 SEC East title and a 5-0 stretch of double-digit wins against Dabo Swinney and Clemson. Not to mention four consecutive bowl victories. But all of that success started well into Spurrier’s stay in Columbia.

So, how to Muschamp compare to Spurrier’s first three years coaching the Gamecocks?


For starters, Muschamp recently received a contract extension, and his top assistants received raises.


With the Belk Bowl against Virginia on tap in Charlotte on Dec. 29, Muschamp is 22-16 and is the first Gamecocks coach to make a bowl game in each of his first three seasons.


You remember Spurrier with a slew of program-defining stars, like in-state recruits Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, Jadeveon Clowney, D.J. Swearinger, Marcus Lattimore, A.J. Cann, DeVonte Holloman and Bruce Ellington. Or even out-of-state recruits-turned stars like Melvin Ingram, Connor Shaw, Ace Sanders, Mike Davis and Pharoh Cooper.


But for Spurrier, the groundwork was laid by the likes of Jared Cook, Kenny McKinley and Ryan Succop, who were some of the notable recruits in Spurrier’s first class in 2005. That first team under Spurrier made a name for itself with a 5-game winning streak midway through the season, all in conference play, punctuated with a win against No. 12 Florida, coached by Urban Meyer.


Similarly, but not quite to the same level, Muschamp’s first season featured wins over Tennessee and Missouri with new QB Jake Bentley. Bentley was part of a first recruiting class with other notable prospects like WR Bryan Edwards and RB Rico Dowdle, DE D.J. Wonnum and LB Javon Kinlaw. Each has made big plays already in their still blossoming careers.


Muschamp delivered a better second season than Spurrier in 2006, though the Head Ball Coach beat Clemson, the Gamecocks finished 8-5, with three SEC wins, and a win over Houston in the Liberty Bowl. Muschamp in 2017 finished 9-4 and 5-3 in the SEC, including a win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. But aside from the ongoing issues with Kentucky, South Carolina again lost to Georgia and Clemson, a hill that will likely define Muschamp’s tenure in Columbia.


The Topsy-turvey Spurrier tenure included QB Blake Mitchell being suspended after he was arrested for punching a bouncer in a Five Points bar, but he became one out of three quarterbacks in Gamecocks history to beat Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Clemson in his career. Spurrier also brought in the others: Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw. Bentley still has plenty of work cut out for him in those areas.


In Spurrier’s third season, there was a glimpse of a troubled ending. The Gamecocks started 6-1 but lost five straight down the stretch and missed a bowl game. Muschamp, meanwhile, landed a 5-star defensive end and a quarterback for the future as the crown jewels of a solid recruiting class. The Gamecocks drew national attention with their performance at Clemson, though it didn’t deliver a victory, it showed optimism for the coming years.


Here is a breakdown of how Spurrier and Muschamp compare in their first three seasons:



Spurrier: 21-16 (1-1 in bowls)
Muschamp: 22-17 (1-2)


Recruiting rankings (247Sports Composite)

Spurrier: 18th overall, 6th in SEC (2005), 33rd overall, 9th in SEC (2006), 7th overall, 4th in SEC (2007).
Muschamp: 25th overall, 10th in SEC (2016), 21st overall, 8th in SEC (2017), 18th overall, 7th in SEC (2018).


Future out look

The one difference Muschamp must contend with is the consistent recent dominance of Clemson being in the top 5 nationally, something Spurrier never had to contend with, partially to his credit. Muschamp has yet to come within striking distance of beating Georgia, while Spurrier beat Mark Richt in his third season, in Athens, no less.


There have only been four times since Spurrier took over that South Carolina beat Clemson and Georgia in the same season. Even before Spurrier’s retirement season when he registered 2 wins, he averaged 7.2 wins in his non-11-2 seasons. Interestingly, Muschamp is averaging 7.3 wins per season.


Sure, Muschamp could pull off the rare double dip of beating Clemson and Georgia in the same season, likely on the strength of big games from Zacch Pickens and Ryan Hilinski. But the more likely scenario is a string of seasons with win totals in the 7 to 10-win range. Spurrier set the highest bar any coach in program history has. Muschamp cleared it through 3 years, but the challenge is about to rise.

Edited by FeatheredCock

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