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South Carolina Gamecocks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

South Carolina Gamecocks 2016 Preview

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The South Carolina Gamecocks have a new head coach in Will Muschamp and have nowhere to go but up after a 3-9 season. South Carolina is averaging five wins per year in its last two seasons and hope things change quickly.

Here is your 2016 South Carolina Gamecocks college football preview.

South Carolina Gamecocks 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: South Carolina was 11th in the SEC last season in total offense and has a new offensive coordinator in Kurt Roper. South Carolina has a lot of questions on offense starting with a quarterback competition that includes Perry Orth, Brandon McIlwain and freshman Jake Bentley. None of those guys are proven on the college level and there’s sure to be growing pains with whoever wins the job. There’s also inexperience on the outside with sophomore Deebo Samuel being the only guy South Carolina can rely on from day one. The good news is that David Williams is a playmaking running back who has potential for a breakout season.

Defense: The good news is that Muschamp is a well respected defensive coach and usually gets the best out of his players on that side of the ball. The bad news is that South Carolina is without one of the top defenders in the SEC in linebacker Skai Moore. There’s a lot of holes on this Gamecocks defense and will feature a lot of inexperienced players. Senior Darius English should be able to anchor the defensive line after finishing last season with six tackles for loss and Jordan Diggs is a versatile defender who is excited for his senior season. T.J. Holloman returns after finishing third on the team in tackles and cornerback Chris Lammons did shine a bit towards the end of last season. However, it’s tough to pinpoint a group of playmakers on this side of the ball at the moment.

Special Teams: Sean Kelly returns at punter after averaging 44.2 yards on 55 attempts. Elliott Fry returns at kicker after making 20 of 28 field goals and all 25 extra points.

Outlook: This is a rebuilding year for South Carolina and it wouldn’t be surprising if it fails to reach a bowl game for the second straight year for the first time since 2003-04. The Gamecocks have a lack of playmakers offensively, quarterback questions, a new coaching staff and a defense that’s featuring a lot of new guys. South Carolina should limp towards four or five victories.

Schedule:

Sept. 1: at Vanderbilt*

Sept. 10: at Mississippi State*

Sept. 17: EAST CAROLINA

Sept. 24: at Kentucky*

Oct. 1: TEXAS A&M*

Oct. 8: GEORGIA*

Oct. 15: Open

Oct. 22: MASSACHUSETTS

Oct. 29: TENNESSEE*

Nov. 5: MISSOURI*

Nov. 12: at Florida*

Nov. 19: WESTERN CAROLINA

Nov. 26: at Clemson

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