With a 38-27 victory over Vanderbilt over the weekend in Nashville, the South Carolina football team won their sixth game and secured bowl eligibility. The Gamecocks (6-3, 3-3) will spend some time preparing for a football game in December or January, with the fate to be determined after the SEC Championship Game.
It’s clear that the performance of the Gamecocks, as well as other teams, over the next three weeks will have a tremendous impact on where the football team spends the holiday season. More wins surely give South Carolina’s sophomore football coach Shane Beamer and the staff more influence to lobby for an ideal location.
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Barring a miracle ending and college football mayhem, the Gamecocks will not be in line for major bowl games, including the Citrus Bowl, and will be selected in the Pool of Six or the two games afterward. Here is a quick breakdown of the selection process, which is explained in full here:
The first selections go to the College Football Playoff cups, which are the Fiesta and Peach this season. Sugar then Cotton selects an SEC team, then the Capital One Bowl. The SEC, in consultation with schools and bowls, will designate SEC teams for the following six bowl games: Texas, Las Vegas, Music City, Gator, Liberty and ReliaQuest (formerly Outback). If there are SEC teams remaining, spots for the Birmingham and Gasparilla (Tampa) bowls will be filled, as selected by ESPN.
The Gamecocks will likely end up in a game of Pool of Six, but the more wins the team has, the louder the voice will be heard by the SEC from the school to the desired location. Being able to eliminate Florida, Tennessee or Clemson, or several schools, in the next three weeks would position Beamer and his team very well for selection.
Here are the key details of the eight bowl games that South Carolina has a chance of being selected for this season, which currently includes the two bowls below the Pool of Six. We will update this story each week to reflect major changes.