South Carolina coach Shawn Elliott held out the promise of a few days off if the Gamecocks managed to get a win against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Thankfully for the players, they got that victory because the Gamecocks could use some rest.
Saturday’s 19-10 win was the only home game for South Carolina between Sept. 26 and Nov. 14. The schedule wasn’t drawn up that way, but the decision to move the LSU game to Baton Rouge due to flooding in Columbia means that between the fourth game of the season (UCF) and the 10th game of the season (Florida), the Gamecocks will be in Williams-Brice Stadium only once.
Not only that, but the road trips South Carolina is making are some of the longest in the SEC travel schedule.
The Oct. 3 trip to Missouri was 1,740 miles round trip. The Oct. 10 trip to LSU was 1,460 miles round trip. The trip to College Station, Texas, in two weeks will be more than 2,000 miles round trip.
By the time South Carolina plays Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., (which is only 260 miles away), it’s going to feel like a home game.
South Carolina’s remaining schedule
at Texas A&M