The South Carolina Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC) are on a roll right now. The eleventh-ranked Gamecocks just broke the school record for longest home win streak by defeating the Florida Gators (4-6, 3-5) 19-14 Saturday night. Steve Spurrier and company have won 16 straight in Columbia and hold the current longest home win streak in the country.
Carolina fans were uneasy halfway through Saturday’s game as the Gators were leading 14-6. The offense, led by senior quarterback Connor Shaw, was unable to move the ball at all. Two Elliot Fry field goals were the only points scored by a Carolina offense that has been hit or miss this season.
Florida never got into a rhythm though and was held scoreless in the second half. The South Carolina fans were pumped up after learning that Auburn (10-1, 6-1) had defeated Georgia (6-4, 4-3) in a wild finish minutes into the Carolina game. That result keeps the Gamecocks alive in the SEC East race. There was an absolutely electric atmosphere in Williams-Brice that prevented an injury-depleted Florida team from making anything of a productive first half.
The Gamecocks have not lost in Columbia since falling to Auburn 16-13 in October of 2011. During that 16-game win streak the defense has been allowing only 14 points per game while the offense has been scoring close to 36 points per game. Carolina’s fine form at home has really been the difference that has turned the program into a perennial contender in the SEC East.
The Gamecocks have the best record at home in the SEC for the last three seasons. Williams-Brice has become a trouble spot for every team that has visited and should legitimately be considered as one of the toughest stadiums to play in the SEC. The Gamecocks play in front of an energetic sold-out crowd week in and week out.
Alabama and LSU are tied for second longest home win streak in the SEC with 8. LSU’s Death Valley has historically been one of the most difficult stadiums in the country to play in, but Williams-Brice is quickly becoming one of the best atmospheres in all of college football. South Carolina has enjoyed great success in the last three seasons, and Carolina fans are excited more than ever about South Carolina Football.
South Carolina could extend the win streak in Columbia to 18 by the end of the season. A visit next week from Big South opponent Coastal Carolina should prove to be an easy contest for the Gamecocks before the next edition of the Battle of the Palmetto State on November, 30th.
Seventh-ranked Clemson will come into Columbia as a slight favorite, but the Gamecocks have owned the Tigers for the last four years. A chance to sour Clemson’s stellar season will provide the storyline for a hype crowd that could potentially launch the team to a 10-2 regular season record.
Never say never in college football, but the Gamecocks have been playing lights out at home and don’t expect to see them lose a game in Williams-Brice for a long time.
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