South Carolina last played a home game on Oct. 17, which was also the last time the Gamecocks earned a victory.
South Carolina has spent the past two weeks on the road, traveling to College Station, Texas, and Knoxville, Tenn., and in the process dropped to 3-6 on the season.
However, there is a united sense of optimism around the Gamecocks football team as it returns home for three consecutive games at Williams-Brice Stadium to close out the regular season.
As far as homecomings go, South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott credited the Gamecocks fan base will be the best part.
“The people … the Gamecocks fans are the No. 1 thing,” said Elliott when asked about what makes Williams-Brice Stadium special.
“The fan base creates Williams-Brice. It has ever since I grew up coming to football games. Through thick and thin, wins and losses, the energy and passion these fans, these Carolina fans have sets us apart. We’ve been to a loss of stadiums across the country. I don’t want to talk about other fan bases, but these Carolina fans know how to do it right.”
South Carolina has been hit with some unusual circumstances this season.
The Gamecocks season opener against North Carolina was at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Oct. 10 SEC showdown with LSU was scheduled for Williams-Brice Stadium, but because of flooding in the Columbia, S.C. region, the game had to be moved to Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
Finally, South Carolina will end the year with three consecutive weeks without traveling and gets a chance to play in front of a familiar crowd.
“It’s been a tiring season,” admitted Elliott. “To come back and finally realize you have three home games left, you say ‘wow, what happened earlier in the year.’ We were playing in Charlotte, then LSU. It doesn’t seem like we’ve been here. It’s been an odd season in that sense. We’re glad to be back home … It seems like our fan base is hungry to see us play, anxious for us to play at Williams-Brice Stadium against a great Florida team. We want those guys to be here and I’d love for it to be sold out and as loud as it can be.”
“We all need it,” he added.