And with that, the 2022 Gamecock football regular season comes to an end, but the party is just getting started in Columbia after the Gamecock’s 8-4 record. We’re kicking off this morning with the season’s highlights and discussing the future of the program.
- The Gamecocks defeated its archrival, Clemson, on Saturday 31-30 in Death Valley. The win over the Tigers marked the end of Clemson’s 40-game at-home winning streak, their seven-year Palmetto Bowl winning streak over Carolina, and dissolved the Tiger’s chances of getting into the College Football Playoffs.
- Last week, Carolina ended their home games for the season by defeating Tennessee, making AP Poll Era history by scoring the most points against a top-five team as an unranked opponent. They also made school history by defeating top-10 teams back-to-back. Fans (sand)stormed the field in celebration of their win, costing the university $100,000.
- After defeating two ranked teams — Tennessee (then No. 5) and Clemson (then No. 8) — Carolina is currently ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25 College Football Poll. This isn’t the only time the Gamecocks were ranked this season. Carolina was ranked No. 25 after their first-ever, week nine win over Texas A&M.
- Oh, speaking of rankings, Carolina’s special teams is ranked No. 1 in the country for efficiency by ESPN.
Marcus Satterfield, the former offensive coordinator, is leaving USC to join Nebraska and likely be the team’s new offensive coordinator. He will be greeted by Nebraska’s new head coach Matt Rhule (who is formally the Carolina Panthers’ head coach.)
Bowl game, anyone? The Gamecocks won’t know their bowl destination and opponent until this coming Sunday. But until then, check out this season’s stats and relive the season through Gamecock Football’s Instagram — y’all’s media team rocks.