I knew in was a matter of time before the dirtpeckers would get over their humiliating 28-0 loss to Virginia and their dire predictions of only winning 3 games this year. Of course, winning three games was back in January and I knew that the win total would gradually rise as the months pasted until just before the season starts when some will predict an undefeated season. We are getting close as the following shows. I quote: UNC - Gamecocks take a narrow 10-7 lead into halftime, but explode for 24 points in the second half and shut down UNC to win handily, 34-7 in front of a crowd that is increasing more garnet as the afternoon wears on. South Carolina's 11th straight win over North Carolina based teams. (1-0) Chas Southern - Home opener goes as expected - a lopsided win for the #23 ranked Cocks. (2-0) Alabama - Gamecocks take 'Bama to the limit, but the Tide escapes Columbia with an OT win. Despite the loss, Carolina's stock is on the rise after a surprise performance against a top 3 team. (2-1, 0-1) @ Mizzou - #21 ranked South Carolina scores on its first three possessions and force five Mizzou turnovers in a surprisingly easy win to take the Mayor's Cup. (3-1, 1-1) Kentucky - The #19 ranked Gamecocks overcome a late 3 point deficit with a 3 yard rushing touchdown on the final play of regulation. The touchdown caps a workmanlike 97 yard, 13 play drive over the final six minutes of regulation. (4-1, 2-1) @ UGA - #17 ranked Gamecocks hang tough for three quarters, but Georgia is too tough between the hedges. (4-2, 2-2) Florida - #18 ranked South Carolina exorcises the demons of it's Georgia loss in front of a rowdy Williams-Brice Stadium crowd to win by a two touchdown margin. (5-2, 3-2) @ Tennessee - #16 Gamecocks run it to a first-ever four game winning streak versus the Vols, winning a hard-fought game in Knoxville, 24-21. (6-2, 4-2) Vanderbilt - A #12 ranked Gamecock team crushes Vandy at home. (7-2, 5-2) App State - The Mountaineers are no match for South Carolina. #12-ranked Gamecocks take the win. (8-2, 5-2) @ Texas A&M - The #11 ranked Gamecocks get their first taste of whatever that made-up trophy is (the Travis Trophy, I think). Cocks take their first win versus A&M on the road, winning a shootout, 48-42. (9-2, 6-2) Clemson - A record Williams-Brice Stadium crowd witnesses Coach Will Muschamp's Gamecocks take down their arch-rival Tigers in a top-ten match-up. South Carolina notches its second-ever victory over a #1 ranked team. Bedlam ensues. (10-2, 6-2). Coach Will Muschamp's Gamecocks fall a game short of the SEC East Championship, but perform well enough to earn a New Year's Day bowl - a win versus Ohio State of the Big Ten. Final record: 11-2, 6-2. Coach Will Muschamp inks a top five recruiting class following a surprise 11 win season. The program is built for sustained success. Expectations are off the charts for 2020.