2016 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

The 2016 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gamecocks first-year head coach was Will Muschamp, with Kurt Roper as offensive coordinator and Travaris Robinson as defensive coordinator.[1] They finished the season 6–7, 3–5 in SEC play to finish in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Birmingham Bowl where they lost to South Florida in overtime.

2016 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Birmingham Bowl, L 39–46 OT vs. South Florida
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2016 record6–7 (3–5 SEC)
Head coachWill Muschamp (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorKurt Roper (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorBryan McClendon (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTravaris Robinson (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple 4–3
Home stadiumWilliams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Florida x   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 Tennessee   4 4         9 4  
Georgia   4 4         8 5  
Kentucky   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   3 5         6 7  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Missouri   2 6         4 8  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 24 Auburn   5 3         8 5  
No. 13 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Arkansas   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         5 7  
Championship: Alabama 54, Florida 16
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

South Carolina announced its 2016 football schedule on October 29, 2015. The 2016 schedule consisted of seven home and five away games in the regular season. The Gamecocks hosted SEC foes Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, and traveled to Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt.[2]

For the tenth year, the Gamecocks opened their season on a Thursday. The team hosted three out of four of its non–conference games which were against Clemson (from the ACC), East Carolina (from the American), Massachusetts (from the MAC), and Western Carolina (from the Southern Conference).

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 p.m.at VanderbiltESPNW 13–1030,304
September 107:00 p.m.at Mississippi StateESPN2L 14–2757,763
September 174:00 p.m.East Carolina*SECNW 20–1580,384
September 247:30 p.m.at KentuckySECNL 10–1751,702
October 14:00 p.m.No. 9 Texas A&M
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNL 13–2478,245
October 9[a]2:30 p.m.Georgia
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC (rivalry)
SECNL 14–2877,221
October 2212:00 p.m.Massachusetts*
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 34–2873,428
October 297:15 p.m.No. 18 Tennessee
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
ESPN2W 24–2178,696
November 54:00 p.m.Missouri 
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 31–2173,817
November 1212:00 p.m.at No. 22 FloridaCBSL 7–2089,614
November 194:00 p.m.Western Carolina*
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECNW 44–3176,650
November 267:30 p.m.at No. 4 Clemson*ESPNL 7–5681,542
December 292:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 South Florida*ESPNL 39–46 OT31,229
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
^[a] The game between South Carolina and Georgia on October 8, 2016, was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew, and was rescheduled the following day on October 9, 2016.
Schedule Source:[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Will Muschamp has both coordinators locked in
  2. ^ "2016 Football Schedule Announced" (Press release). University of South Carolina Department of Athletics. October 29, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "2016 South Carolina Gamecocks Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved November 11, 2015.