Preview: South Carolina opens 2016 season at Vanderbilt
The last time South Carolina won an SEC game on the road?
Will Muschamp might not want to think back to that game. The Gamecocks beat his Florida Gators 23-20 in overtime on Nov. 15, 2014, and Muschamp was fired the following week. Now Muschamp is getting ready to take his Gamecocks back on the road to start their season with an SEC road game against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday at 8 p.m.
“I’m ready for it,” said redshirt freshman tailback A.J. Turner, who will be playing his first collegiate road game. “It’s just about the same, whether we are on the road or in our home stadium, I don’t think it matters as long as I know what I’m doing and I’m playing hard, I think it’s all going to be the same.”
Junior David Williams, who scored the first touchdown of his collegiate career at Vanderbilt two years ago, says that’s not necessarily true.
“It’s an uncomfortable situation,” he said. “You’re being put in a situation you’ve never experienced before and you don’t know what to expect. I just feel like every person has to experience it to get that feeling.”
South Carolina has lost eight of its last nine road games, but has had had some luck at least in Nashville. The Gamecocks won on their last trip to Vanderbilt, beating the Commodores 48-34 on Sept. 20, 2014. Overall, they’ve won three in a row and seven of their last eight against Vanderbilt in Nashville.
Senior quarterback Perry Orth’s advice to the team?
“Go out and have fun honestly,” he said. “You can’t worry about playing on the road. Once the game starts you’re just playing football, you don’t even realize the crowd is there.”
When: 8 p.m., Thursday
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
Line: Vanderbilt by 3 1/2