The South Carolina football team claimed their sixth victory of the season in late November with a 21-17 victory over Auburn. With the win, the Gamecocks qualified for a bowl game for the first time since 2018.
South Carolina doesn’t have the best bowl history in terms of number of appearances or successes. The program ranks 12th in the SEC with 23 bowl trips, posting an overall record of 9-14 in those clashes.
The Gamecocks appeared in eight Bowls before the 1994 season, losing all eight. Recent success has been much better, however, with the team competing in 15 playoff games over the past 25 years. They went 9-6 during that span with wins over Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Where will South Carolina football play?
The Gamecocks last played in a bowl game in 2018. It was a match against Virginia in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl (formerly the Belk Bowl). It appears to be a popular landing spot for Shane Beamer’s group again in 2021.
In fact, CBS Sports is predicting that there will be a rematch for that 2018 reunion, projecting South Carolina and Virginia to face off again in Charlotte in December.
The Gamecocks are used to playing in the Queen City having played at Bank of America Stadium several times over the years. These cases include regular-season games on a neutral site against the State of North Carolina, East Carolina and North Carolina, as well as this latest bowl game.
Sports Illustrated predicts the same opponent for the Gamecocks this bowl season just in a different venue. The site sees South Carolina taking on Virginia in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. This would be the program’s first appearance in the bowl being played in Dallas at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Sporting News pits the Gamecocks against another ACC nemesis in the Gator Bowl. The outlet projects a clash between South Carolina and Wake Forest in the Sunshine State. This is a place the program has played in the past and would present the Gamecocks with an enemy that was ranked in the top 10 teams in the country not too long ago.
Finally, perhaps the most interesting projection. USA Today sees Shane Beamer take on his alma mater in Charlotte with the Gamecocks taking on Virginia Tech in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. It would be the first clash between the two schools since 1991, although they would have to face each other in the 2025 Chick-fil-a Kickoff event to open the season.
Any of these clashes would come out on their own, but an encounter with the Hokies is the most appealing. Charlotte is only an hour’s drive from Columbia, so you know Gamecock fans would make the trip. It also provides the best-case scenario with Beamer roaming the sidelines against his father’s former team.
South Carolina will soon meet its fate as the final selections follow this weekend’s conference championships.