South Carolina at Tennessee

When: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013; Time TBD

Where: Knoxville, Tenn.

South Carolina at a glance:


Head coach: Steve Spurrier (66-37 in 8 years at South Carolina)


All-time record: 566-544-44

2012 record:11-2 (6-2 SEC)

Returning starters:6 (offense), 5 (defense)

2012 overview:Perhaps Steve Spurrier has become a victim of his own success. The Gamecocks, a middle-of-the-pack team when he took over in 2005, finished in the top 10 nationally in 2012, yet some fans still considered it somewhat of a letdown.

After winning their opening six contests and routing rival Georgia 35-7, the Gamecocks finally hit the SEC wall with back-to-back losses at LSU and Florida that ended their national title hopes. They rebounded to win their last five, including a 38-35 thriller over UT, but that win came at a high cost. Star running back and fan favorite Marcus Lattimore suffered a gruesome knee injury against the Vols, ending his USC career.

The fact that the Gamecocks were still able to win at Clemson in the regular-season finale and knock off Michigan in the Outback Bowl without Lattimore was impressive.

Led by super sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and safety D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina gave up just 315.5 ypg and 18.2 ppg in 2012 – both good for fourth in the SEC.


Clowney sacks Bray in ’12 (via GamecocksOnline)