I can’t necessarily say which games every South Carolina Gamecocks fan will be watching today, but I can take a wild guess.
At noon (ESPN2), Carolina fans should have their eyes locked on the Florida, Missouri game. At least until the Tigers bow out of it. If Missouri keeps it close, I might have a stroke. If they win, it makes the 3:30 game SC fans will watch much more intriguing.
12:21, Fayetteville Arkansas (SEC Network): Humans squealing like pigs – because they want to, not because someone told them to – are also fighting back tears. This was supposed to be the season the Razorbacks leaped LSU and Alabama into the BCS Title game. Instead, it’s the year their head coach flipped his motorcycle with a young hottie on the back of it and got ousted, their next head coach had a bipolar outburst with the media and found himself in some serious, serious debt, and their season went straight to hell. Still, Gamecocks fans should watch this game to see just what they’ll face in a week.
When 3:30 (CBS) rolls around, Georgia could either be playing for a birth to the SEC Championship game, or to stay alive in the race. If the Gators beat Mizzou, all Georgia has to do to win the SEC East is beat Ole Miss today. If they lose to the Rebels after a Florida victory, the Gators will win the East, because of UGA’s two conference losses. The reason Gamecock fans will watch this game, though, only matters if Florida loses. Should that happen, and should UGA then lose to Ole Miss, Carolina will be SEC East Champions (unless UGA goes out and lays an egg against Auburn to end their SEC season.
At seven (ESPN2), that Upstate team plays a pretty pesky Duke squad. It’s about that time of the year when Clemson loses a game against a team like Duke… Except that team is three games over .500 this year (instead of right at that number last year). Still, Gamecock fans will probably give this game a chance.
Finally, at eight tonight (CBS), not just Gamecock fans, but everyone will be watching Alabama take on LSU in Death Valley. Not only does that game have Sugar Bowl implications for the Gamecocks (SC needs LSU to lose one more game to have a better shot at making it), but whichever team wins will be playing in its second straight National Championship game.
Games that have no impact on SC’s season, but will still be fun to watch:
12:00, ESPN: Texas A&M at Mississippi State
7:00, FOX: Oregon at Southern Cal
8:00, ABC: Oklahoma State at Kansas State
10:30, Pac-12 Network: Arizona at UCLA