Sitting at 3-4, South Carolina still hasn’t met the requirements for bowl eligibility this season.
To do so, the road won’t be easy.
South Carolina will need at least three more wins over its final five games to reach the six-win minimum. That may be a steep challenge as it is, and to make it to six wins would likely involve an upset of sorts.
After the bye week this week, the Gamecocks close out their regular-season schedule at No. 15 Texas A&M, at Tennessee, home against No. 13 Florida, home versus The Citadel and home with No. 6 Clemson.
That’s three opponents ranked in the top 15 and five opponents with a combined record of 25-7.
In other words, South Carolina will need to either pull off an upset against a ranked opponent or the Vols in Knoxville, Tenn. That, of course, is assuming the Gamecocks can take care of business against The Citadel, which boasts a 4-2 record.
To reach the six-win plateau, South Carolina will also have to find a way to upend Texas A&M in College Station, Texas on Halloween. The other option is finding a way to get past either the Gators or Clemson, who are a combined 11-1.
What’s at stake here: South Carolina has appeared in bowl games the last seven years, but in a season already filled with turmoil, the odds are stacked against the Gamecocks to continue that trend.