Defeated Vanderbilt Commodores 38-27
Reality set in for the South Carolina Gamecocks after their loss to Missouri, but hey, Shane Beamer’s team still clinched bowl eligibility this past weekend. Now, they struggled with Vanderbilt more than almost any other team, but the game was on the road, and they got the win by two scores.
That combined with what happened to Arkansas is enough for us to move S.C. up in our SEC Power Rankings. This team is two Saturdays removed from being in the top 25, so it may very well be a program on the rise. Beamer is looking like the second-best coach who debuted in the SEC back in 2021.
With his style, despite Spencer Rattler at quarterback, South Carolina likes to make games ugly, but then they win ugly. You can’t take that away from them. Up next, though, is a chance to steal a big win somewhere that nobody thought could come at the beginning of the year.
South Carolina hosts the Florida Gators this week. That’s been an up and down team, so they could maybe pull something out on the road. Then they host Tennessee football before visiting the Clemson Tigers. Hey, both teams lost this past weekend, so anything is possible.