When the 2013 schedule was first announced, it looked like the South Carolina’s early bye week would do the Gamecocks no favors.
With an extra weekend to schedule games this year, South Carolina and the rest of the FBS teams in the country get two instead of one off weekend. The Gamecocks’ second break is scheduled perfectly, on Nov. 9, one week prior to hosting Florida in what still could be a battle for the Eastern Division crown. The first one, though, didn’t look so good … until now.
It’s not as if South Carolina needs an extra week to prepare for UCF (even though the Knights are an impressive 3-0, including a win at Penn State), but there are plenty of internal issues South Carolina would like to address before it plays anybody next. For starters, there’s the health of the defense, which has been a question mark all season long. Now, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward tells us there may be an overhaul at linebacker, a position the Gamecocks knew could be a problem but had been optimistic about heading into the season. And, finally, as David Cloninger points out, any extra time South Carolina can spend on special teams will be a help.
So, while you may have withdrawals Saturday after just getting started on the 2013 season, rest assured your team can use the break.
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