ESPN: Bowl-eligible season for South Carolina football in 2016 – The State
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ESPN’s first Football Power Index for 2016 projects a 6-6 season for South Carolina.
The record would mean bowl eligibility in the first year under coach Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks were bowl-eligible every season under Steve Spurrier until their 3-9 mark last year.
ESPN’s FPI projects LSU and Tennessee as the strongest teams in the SEC this season, with both teams cracking the 10-win mark and reaching the conference championship game.
LSU is No. 1 in the overall FPI ranking, “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season.” USC ranks No. 39, which equates to a fourth-place finish in the SEC East.
South Carolina’s schedule strength ranks No. 30 in the country. The team opens the season with three of the first four games on the road against SEC teams (Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Kentucky).
FPI projections: The SEC teams
Win-loss projections for the 14 SEC teams, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index.
South Carolina 2016 football schedule