2012 didn’t prove to be the season that many South Carolina Gamecocks fans hoped for, but it’s still shaping up to be one of the best in school history.
This week the Gamecocks face an Arkansas team with about as much hope as making it to a bowl game as SC had of making it to the SEC Championship game after its loss to Florida.
But this Razorbacks squad still has a ton of offensive players who’ve frustrated Carolina recently.
Despite having one of the worst defenses in the country, Tyler Wilson and Co. have the Hogs sitting at 26th in the nation at passing offense.
Senior WR Cobi Hamilton already has himself a 1000 yard season, catching passes 69 to go with four touchdowns.
Knile Davis and the running attack haven’t gotten things going this year, but Arkansas is still scoring 26 points a game.
The week after, South Carolina takes on a Wofford team that has given the Gamecocks fits in the past.
The Terriers shouldn’t pose a threat to Carolina’s (as of now) unblemished home record in 2012, though.
The big game that could make SC fans forget all about Georgia backing into a second straight SEC Championship game (despite losing to the Gamecocks for the third straight year) is also the last game on the schedule; The showdown in (the second) Death Valley.
If Carolina wins all three of these games, Georgia gets handled in the SEC Championship, Florida loses to Florida State and LSU doesn’t win the rest of their games convincingly, the Gamecocks could find themselves in the Sugar Bowl come January. At the worst, if SC wins the rest of their games, they’ll probably head back to Florida for a matchup against a Big 10 team in the Capital One or Outback Bowl.
Most importantly, though, if South Carolina wins out, it will mean they’ve beaten that team from the upstate for the fourth straight year.