#32 South Carolina Gamecocks Preview
By Matt Fargo
Spring practices are in the books and fall camps will be here before you know it so that means getting an early jump on the 2006 NCAA football season. Knowing the teams now will save you time in August and Matt Fargo is here to help you get a grasp of what to expect this upcoming year. We go from worst to first in this 2006 College Football Preview.
#32 – South Carolina Gamecocks 7-5 SU; 6-6 ATS
Fargo’s Take Steve Spurrier’s return to the NCAA ranks was considered a success after leading the Gamecocks to its first bowl game since 2001. An 8-4 record would have looked a lot better than the 7-5 mark they finished with, no thanks to blowing a 21-point lead to Missouri in the Independence Bowl. Spurrier has the majority of his pieces back in his ‘fun and gun’ offense that should show major improvements in its second season in Columbia. The defense is where there is the most concern as only four starters are back in 2006 from the unit that ranked 47th in total defense and 40th in scoring defense. It might be too soon for South Carolina to make a run at the SEC East title with Tennessee, Florida and Georgia all ranked in the preseason top 20 but there are enough winnable games on the schedule for the Gamecocks to make it back to a bowl game at the end of the season.