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WHOO-HOO!!!! DISCUSSION GAMEDAY THREAD: USC VS App. St. Saturday Game-Time "7:00 pm ET" Inspired by cocky0 For detailed accounts & discussion with your fellow Gamecocks (PS SEND ALL WHOO-HOO!!!! To cocky0 for his records by PM.) South Carolina vs. App. State ------------------------------------ WHAT TIME DO THE GAMECOCKS PLAY TODAY? Who: Appalachian State (7-1) at South Carolina (4-5) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) TV: ESPN2 (Anish Shroff, play-by-play; John Congemi, analysis; Kris Budden, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 98/XM 192 Stream: Watch ESPN Line: South Carolina by 6 SENIOR SALUTE: The Gamecocks will recognize their 2019 senior class prior to Saturday's kick. The 26 players expected to take part in Senior Day festivities include Michael Almond, Jake Bentley, T.J. Brunson, Joseph Charlton, Chavis Dawkins, Mon Denson, Rico Dowdle, Bryan Edwards, Daniel Fennell, Tavien Feaster, Jaylan Foster, Bailey Hart, Sadarius Hutcherson, J.T. Ibe, Javon Kinlaw, Caleb Kinlaw, Kyle Markway, Matt Oliveira, Jazuun Outlaw, Kiel Pollard, Kobe Smith, Donell Stanley, Will Tommie, A.J. Turner, Eldridge Thompson and D.J. Wonnum. Series history: CAROLINA VS. APP STATE: This is the 10th gridiron match between South Carolina and Appalachian State, but the first time the two schools have met as FBS members. The Gamecocks and Mountaineers played nine times between 1972 and 1988 when App State was in the FCS or Division I-AA, with Carolina winning eight of those nine contests, which were all played in Columbia. South Carolina leads the all-time series 8-1. THE LAST TIME THEY MET: South Carolina rolled to a 35-9 win over App State on Oct. 1, 1988 at Williams-Brice Stadium in their last meeting. The seventh-ranked Gamecocks limited ASU, the second-ranked team in Division I-AA to 33 yards rushing on 35 carries and forced six turnovers, including a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown by Dale Campbell. The offense took advantage of the positive field position. Harold Green and Mike Dingle both scored twice from inside five yards, while Todd Ellis completed 19-of-34 passes for 205 yards. Carolina, under head coach Joe Morrison, finished the '88 season with an 8-4 mark, while App State went 6-4-1 under Sparky Woods. Weather: Clear and chilly. Calm wind. Temperature 44 degrees at kickoff, 38 at game’s end. South Carolina needs this one to at least keep its slim bowl hopes alive. If the Gamecocks can hold off the feisty Mountaineers, they would need to upset either against Clemson or Texas A&M to reach six wins. That fifth win is also important from an optics standpoint. Going 5-7 flat out looks better than 4-8. Considering the schedule and QB situation, that will matter when the topic of Will Muschamp’s job is inevitably discussed. App State was rolling before a rivalry upset to Georgia Southern. If the Mountaineers win Saturday, it would be another win against a Power 5 team (with UNC) and put them in line for 11 or 12 wins. SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS TO WATCH Quarterback Ryan Hilinski looked good against Vanderbilt, calmly leading the offense and getting the ball out quickly. He’ll be tasked with facing a versatile defense. He has 1,752 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions this season. Running back Rico Dowdle is coming back from a knee injury and suddenly might have to carry a bigger load with Tavien Feaster dealing with a groin strain. Dowdle has been the No. 1 back much of the season and has 457 yards and four scores in seven games. Linebacker Ernest Jones will man the middle against an offense that has a range of play-makers, but perhaps not a bell-cow receiver or tailback. They will have to corrall a mobile and efficient quarterback in Zac Thomas. In his first year starting, Jones has 55 tackles, one interceptions and five pass break-ups. APPALACHIAN STATE PLAYERS TO WATCH The Georgia Southern loss ended a 17-game win streak for App State with Zac Thomas at quarterback. The junior has thrown for 14 touchdowns against three interceptions this season. He’s also third on the team in rushing with 303 yards and four scores. App State has nine South Carolina natives on its roster, including receiver Malik Williams. The Chester product, who wasn’t offered by the Gamecocks, is second on the team with 37 catches for 438 yards and two touchdowns. App State’s win over UNC included defensive end Demetrius Taylor becoming the first FBS player in the 2000s to record 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble return for a TD and an interception in the same game. Taylor is second in the Sun Belt in sacks and tackles for loss.
Gamecocks Wrap Up SEC Slate in College Station Saturday South Carolina vs. Texas A&M WHOO-HOO!!!! DISCUSSION GAMEDAY THREAD: USC VS Texas A&M Saturday Game-Time "7:30 pm ET" Inspired by cocky0 For detailed accounts & discussion with your fellow Gamecocks (PS SEND ALL WHOO-HOO!!!! To cocky0 for his records by PM.) WHAT TIME DO THE GAMECOCKS PLAY TODAY? Who: South Carolina (4-6, 3-4 SEC) at Texas A&M (6-3, 3-2) When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Kyle Field (110,633) TV: SEC Network (Tom Hart, play-by-play; Jordan Rodgers, analysis; Cole Cubelic, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 133/XM 381 Stream: WatchESPN Line: Texas A&M by 10 Series history: South Carolina trails the all-time series 5-0. The Gamecocks lost the first meeting in a blowout on the SEC Network’s first game and have played within one score three of the the past four years. Weather: Partly cloudy and chilly. Slightly windy. Temperature 51 degrees at kickoff, 45 at game’s end. WHAT’S AT STAKE If South Carolina loses this, the team is guaranteed to miss the postseason for the third time since 2004. A win would at least make the Clemson game a one-shot deal for a bowl. With the Gamecocks not expected to win, a victory would give a boost to the mood around Will Muschamp. He’s a loss away from a losing season in his fourth year, and breaking the streak against the Aggies couldn’t hurt. The Aggies needs this one rather badly as their own season has been defined by a brutal schedule. Win this one, and A&M clinches being above .500 before facing Georgia and LSU on the road to close things out. SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski was again asked to throw more than 50 passes in a game, the third time this season and more than any QB in program history. He’ll have to contend with a good Aggies pass defense. For the year, he has 2,077 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. 2. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards is quickly becoming one of the lone playmakers standing for the Gamecocks. He’s dealing with a knee njury and coming to the end of a decorated career. He has 71 catches with 816 yards and six touchdowns. 3. Linebacker Ernest Jones will have to hold up against an offense that likes to get downhill and run a power game often. That’s to say nothing of what Kellen Mond adds in the run game. In his first year starting, Jones has 75 tackles, 4 1/2 tackles for loss, two interceptions and five pass break-ups. TEXAS A&M PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. Quarterback Kellen Mond had a fun time last season against teams from South Carolina. His 430-yard, three touchdown performance in a Clemson loss was followed by 353 more yards and a score in a win against the Gamecocks. Though he wasn’t nearly as prolific this year against the Tigers — see 236 yards and an interception in a 24-10 loss in September — Mond is heating up heading into the Gamecock matchup. Averages from the junior’s last four games: 24 of 37, 271 yards, 2 TDs. 2. Running back Isaiah Spiller took SEC Freshman of the Week honors after rushing for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies’ last game, a win over UTSA. In both yards and scores, he set or matched school records by a true freshman. Spiller was a four-star prospect out of Spring, Texas. 3. The Aggies have three players with at least five tackles for loss, led by linebacker Buddy Johnson’s eight. Johnson returned a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown to help a 24-17 win over Ole Miss on Oct. 19.
WHOO-HOO!!!! DISCUSSION GAMEDAY THREAD: USC VS Tennessee Saturday Game-Time "4:00pm ET" Inspired by cocky0 Gamecocks vs. Volunteers For detailed accounts & dissussion with your fellow Gamecocks (PS SEND ALL WHOO-HOO!!!! To cocky0 for his records by PM.) -------------------------------------------------------------------- Gamecocks Head to Rocky Top for Saturday Showdown WHAT TIME DO THE GAMECOCKS PLAY? Who: South Carolina (3-4, 2-3 SEC) at Tennessee (2-5, 1-3) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Neyland Stadium (102,455) TV: SEC Network (Taylor Zarzour, play-by-play; Matt Stinchcomb, analysis; Alyssa Lang, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 197/XM 190 Stream: WatchESPN Line: South Carolina by 4 Series history: South Carolina trails the all-time series 25-10-3. The Gamecocks have won three in a row in the series after losing three in a row and are 6-3 since 2010. Weather: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Temperature 62 degrees at kickoff, 60 at day’s end. South Carolina’s dreams of a bowl trip might well be in the balance. The Gamecocks are projected to be favored in three more games this season — including this week — and need three more wins to make the postseason. This also puts Will Muschamp’s sterling record against the Vols on the line. He went 4-0 as head coach of Florida and has won his first three in the rivalry as the Gamecocks’ head man. Any win Tennessee can get right now is a boost to a program that hoped to make a breakthrough this year. Instead, the season started with losses to Georgia State and BYU. The Vols also beat Mississippi State, so any SEC wins are big. SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski had a tough outing after a good first few passes against Florida. He goes back on the road where he played well against Georgia. For the season, he has 1,198 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. 2. Running back Tavien Feaster delivered when he stepped in for an injured Rico Dowdle. He’ll start this week with Dowdle sidelined by a knee injury. He has 492 yards on 82 carries with four scores this season. 3. Cornerback Jaycee Horn will have to take the lead in corralling a set of receivers that includes Jauan Jennings (478 yards this year) and Marquez Callaway (19.4 yards per reception). The Vols aren’t that good of a throwing team, but those receivers can get loose. TENNESSEE PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. A big storyline to this game involves the mystery behind which Tennessee quarterback starts against the Gamecocks. True freshman Brian Maurer replaced Jarrett Guarantano earlier this month against Georgia, but hasn’t finished either of Tennessee’s last two games because of concussions. Guarantano replaced Maurer in the Alabama loss, but then he was pulled late as redshirt freshman J.T. Shrout led Tennessee’s final drive. Collectively, Vols QBs have thrown for 10 touchdowns against nine interceptions this season. 2. While Tennessee’s quarterbacks have struggled this season, receiver Jauan Jennings remains the Vols’ most reliable offensive option. The brother of former South Carolina women’s basketball player Alexis Jennings, Jauan ranks among the top 10 in the SEC for receiving yards (478) and touchdowns (five). He had three catches and a score against the Gamecocks last season. 3. Tennessee is second in the SEC in interceptions with 10. The Volunteer secondary is headlined by Bryce Thompson. A Dutch Fork High School star and former South Carolina recruit, Thompson was a freshman All-American in 2018. Off-the-field troubles led to shaky start to 2019 — including a suspension — but he’s played in each of the last four games, racking up 17 tackles and a sack.
WHOO-HOO! DISCUSSION GAMEDAY THREAD: USC VS Gators Saturday Game-Time "12:00pm ET" Inspired by cocky0 For detailed accounts & discussion with your fellow Gamecocks (PS SEND ALL WHOO-HOO!!!! To cocky0 for his records by PM.) Gamecocks vs. Florida Gamecocks and Gators Set for Noon Kick Saturday, Oct. 19 ------------------------------------------------------------ Who: Florida (6-1, 3-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-3, 2-2 SEC) When: Noon Saturday Where: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250) TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch, play-by-play; Greg McElroy, analysis; Tom Luginbill, sideline) Radio: 107.5 FM (Todd Ellis, play-by-play; Tommy Suggs, analysis; Jamar Nesbit, sideline) ... See all the radio affiliates around the state here. Satellite radio: Sirius 106/XM 192 Stream: WatchESPN Line: Florida by 6 1/2 Series history: South Carolina trails the all-time series 27-9-3. The Gators came back from down 17 points last season and have won three of the past four. The Gamecocks have won five of the past nine. Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. East wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. The Gamecocks picked up the biggest win of the Will Muschamp era and likely the biggest since the heyday of the Spurrier era. Now they have a chance to follow up against a top-10 team that is vulnerable in spots. If South Carolina were to earn back-to-back wins, it would change the course of the season. The Gamecocks (3-3) are a good bet for at least a bowl. Winning Saturday would put USC in very good position to get above .500 by year’s end against a brutal slate. The Gators remain in good position in the SEC East, and a win would send them into the Cocktail Party game with only one loss. A defeat in Columbia would put them behind the eight ball in a big way. SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. Quarterback Ryan Hilinski is coming off a sprained knee, but the coaching staff said repeatedly he’ll be good to go. He was efficient against Georgia and has thrown for 1,028 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions. 2. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards is an important safety blanket for the passing game and a big-play threat at times. The Gators are only 68th in the county in opponents yards per pass attempt allowed. Edwards is 11 catches from the school record and has 33 catches for 426 yards and a touchdown. 3. Senior linebacker T.J. Brunson is playing the best ball of his career, flying around and delivering sure and powerful tackles. He’ll need to do more of it against a downhill power running game. For the season, he has 44 tackles, 2 1/2 for loss, and three pass breakups. FLORIDA PLAYERS TO WATCH 1. Feleipe Franks was a big reason behind UF’s comeback against the Gamecocks in 2018. The junior quarterback, however, was lost for this season after dislocating his ankle in a Week 3 win over Kentucky. Enter Kyle Trask. The junior from Texas never started in high school, but he’s now 3-1 in that position after replacing Franks, at Florida including a win over Auburn. Trask has thrown for 1,91 yards with 10 touchdowns to three interceptions. 2. No SEC team has more interceptions this season than Florida with 12. Junior safety Shawn Davis leads the Gators with three picks, including a one-handed grab that keyed the Auburn and led to an SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor. He had two INTs in the Kentucky win. 3. Jonathan Greenard is third in the SEC in tackles for loss with 6.5. The senior linebacker has four sacks, seven QB hurries, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and interception.