The Gamecocks (3-3, 2-3) are reeling from fourth quarter comeback losses to Missouri and Kentucky and just had their bye week. Now, they’re heading into the easiest game of the season against FCS Furman. That should yield a win and confidence boost for a team that desperately needs one.
What’s worked: Running the ball. The team, led by Mike Davis, averages 171 yards per game. He’s been the one constant for this team and has six touchdowns on the season. This offense has struggled when Davis doesn’t get his touches so the Gamecocks should look to help Davis out a little bit by playing better in the passing game to open up the running game.
What hasn’t: The defense and the offense at the same time. In the Missouri game, the offense was struggling a bit, but did enough to win. The defense gave up two touchdown drives in the span of less than eight minutes and allowed the Tigers to win that one. In the Kentucky game, it was the offense that didn’t help the defense as Dylan Thompson threw a pick-six that decided the game and led to a loss. If both units could play consistently, then this team could still turn around the season.
Midseason MVP: Mike Davis. He’s averaging 5.4 yards a carry and has 551 rushing yards on the season to go with his six touchdowns. He’s also caught 14 balls for 114 yards to help out his QB.
Toughest remaining games: at No. 6 Auburn, at Florida, and at No. 24 Clemson.
What needs to happen for South Carolina to make a bowl game: Assuming Furman and South Alabama will be wins, the Gamecocks only have to win one game out of the four they play against Auburn, Florida, Clemson, or Tennessee.