South Carolina Preview 2022: Season Prediction, Breakdown, Key Games, Players

South Carolina College Football Preview 2022: Team breakdown, season prediction, keys to the campaign, and what you need to know

South Carolina Gamecocks Preview 2022: Previewing, predicting, and looking ahead to the South Carolina season with what you need to know and keys to the season.


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South Carolina Gamecocks Preview
Head Coach: Shane Beamer, 7-6, 2nd year at South Carolina
2021 Preview: Overall: 7-6, Conference: 3-5
Offense, Defense Breakdown | Keys To The Season
Season Prediction, What Will Happen
South Carolina Top 10 Players
South Carolina Schedule & Analysis

South Carolina Gamecocks Preview 2022

You see that?

It’s one of the hardest things in sports to spot, but it you look off in the distance, way out there, you might be able to catch a quick glimpse.

It’s an SEC football fan base that actually appears to be sort of … happy? Without winning a national championship?

After going a combined 6-16 in two years before the breakthrough 2021, you can understand why the Gamecock base is excited. That’s what happens when you get a good season that no one saw coming.

These things are gone in a snap, and certainly South Carolina football fans are going to want a whole lot more out of head coach Shane Beamer – losing 30-0 to Clemson is never going to sit well – but there’s real, reasonable anticipation now for a program and team that should be dangerous.

There’s a theory that there’s no better time to be a sports fan of a team than when it’s just on the verge of being really good.

South Carolina is still building, and it’s not going to be easy with a nasty schedule that would bury most teams, but there’s a ton of experience, it has a good young head coach, and with the addition of Spencer Rattler, an argument could be made that no one outside of the Denver Broncos did more to upgrade a quarterback situation.

Is South Carolina going to beat Georgia? Almost certainly not, and it probably won’t beat Texas A&M or Clemson, either, but at least the team is good enough that an upset in any of those three games wouldn’t be insanely crazy – that’s a far cry from where the program was at last year at this time.

And that’s the next step. In 2021 it was the blowout win over Florida that came out of nowhere – along with the rocking of North Carolina in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl – and this year there needs to be another surprise or two considering how good this starting 22 should be.

SEC fan happy time goes away when the expectations start to become outsized, and that’s coming for South Carolina soon enough.

But for right now, the fan base has a team to get jacked about for the next several months.

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South Carolina Top 10 Players
South Carolina Schedule & Analysis

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South Carolina Gamecocks Preview 2022: Who are the top 10 players going into the season?


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South Carolina Gamecocks Preview 
South Carolina 2022 Preview
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SEC Top Letdown Games for Every Team: 2022 College Football Season

SEC letdown games – the date on every team’s college football schedule that might be dangerous.

SEC schedules don’t let up too often, and that intensity level is an occasional problem. Where will that letdown come among all the big-time showdowns? Each team should win these games below, but let’s just say the focus might not be there – these should be more dangerous than they need to be.

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College Football Rankings, Season Predictions: SEC Spring Version 2022

SEC college football rankings and predictions with realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.

SEC college football rankings and predictions with the realistic best and worst case records and quick analysis – the 2022 spring version.


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As always, the SEC is going to be loaded with talent, full of teams in the College Football Playoff chase, and there’s a shot at least 12 of the 14 teams end up going bowling.

And then Alabama and Georgia will show off how awesome they are – again.

However, Tennessee has improved. Florida will be better. Texas A&M is terrific, Ole Miss reloaded through the transfer portal, and whatever team really is 7th-best in the SEC West could probably fight for most other division titles in college football.

There will be more transfers, more big personnel changes, and several other parts to the SEC puzzle, but for now, this 2022 looks even better than 2021.

The rankings are based on how good the teams should be and not the final projected records. Keeping in mind that this all could/might/will change when we make the final calls in August …

2022 College Football Schedules By Teams: All 131 Schools

SEC East Rankings: Spring Version

1. Georgia Bulldogs

2020: 8-2 2019: 12-2 2018: 11-3

No, this won’t be 2020 LSU falling off the map after a historic national championship season, but no one loses that much NFL talent – especially off the defense – and gets better. However, there’s still more than enough talent coming back to be in the national championship mix.

The Dawgs should be favored in every game with no Alabama or Texas A&M to face from the West. They have to deal with Oregon to start the season, and there should be a slip somewhere along the way, but it’s going to take something major to beat this team twice with this slate.

Realistic Best Case Record: 12-0
Realistic Worst Case Record: 8-4
2022 Georgia Prediction, Spring Football Version: 11-1
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 11-1
Georgia 2021 Final Record: 14-1
Georgia 2022 Schedule & Analysis

2. Florida Gators

2020: 8-4 2019: 11-2 2018: 10-3

How fast can Billy Napier get this whole thing going? He was always the next IT head coach in college football, and now he gets to finally crank it all up with his amazing rushing offense that puts up big, efficient numbers.

All the work done last year as the Gator offense pivoted styles should pay off with QB Anthony Richardson and Louisiana transfer RB Montrell Johnson about to blow up. The O line should be fine, but the defense that loses seven key starters will need some time. It’s Florida – the athletes are there, and the overall production can’t be less consistent than 2021.

The schedule doesn’t have enough early layups with Utah to start and Kentucky and at Tennessee in September. On the plus side, the team only leaves Florida once before going to Texas A&M in early November, and leaves the state just three times overall.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Florida Prediction, Spring Football Version: 9-3
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 9-3
Florida 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Florida 2022 Schedule & Analysis

3. Tennessee Volunteers

2020: 3-7 2019: 8-5 2018: 5-7

Is this finally when Tennessee turns the corner and becomes something fantastic? There aren’t a ton of personnel losses, getting QB Hendon Hooker back for another year was huge, and now everyone knows how to work the Josh Heupel offense.

The schedule helps with a manageable start before dealing with Florida, at LSU, and Alabama. Going to Georgia doesn’t help, and sneaky-tough dates at South Carolina and Pitt will make this a bit of a challenge, but anything less than eight wins and a step forward will feel like a disappointment with this team.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 6-6
2022 Tennessee Prediction, Spring Football Version: 8-4
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 6-6
Tennessee 2021 Final Record: 7-6
Tennessee 2022 Schedule & Analysis

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4. Kentucky Wildcats

2020: 5-6 2019: 8-5 2018: 10-3

The Wildcats didn’t have massive personnel losses, but the ones who are gone were big. The offensive backfield is loaded, a few transfers will help to fill the holes across the attack, and seven starters should be back on defense. Again, though, it’s going to be partly about quality of returning talent as much as quantity.

The schedule gets a tune-up against Miami University before going to Florida. The non-conference schedule is a relative breeze – Louisville makes the trip over to Lexington – there’s no Alabama, Texas A&M, or LSU from the West, and the Georgia game is at home.

Realistic Best Case Record: 10-2
Realistic Worst Case Record: 5-7
2022 Kentucky Prediction, Spring Football Version: 7-5
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Kentucky 2021 Final Record: 10-3
Kentucky 2022 Schedule & Analysis

5. South Carolina Gamecocks

2020: 2-8 2019: 4-8 2018: 7-6

This just got interesting after a great first season under Shane Beamer. Now the Gamecocks return relatively strong on offense with Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler stepping in behind a veteran line and strong group of target. The D is another story with several big pieces of the front six gone, but the line should be a positive.

It’s going to be a grind, though, with road games at Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, and Arkansas to go along with home dates against Georgia, Texas A&M and Tennessee. November ends with a brutal kick – at Florida, Tennessee, at Clemson – so there’s no margin for error early on.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 South Carolina Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 5-7
South Carolina 2021 Final Record: 7-6
South Carolina 2022 Schedule & Analysis

6. Missouri Tigers

2020: 5-5 2019: 6-6 2018: 8-5

Someone apparently likes to use the transfer portal. The Tigers might have lost a slew of parts on both sides of the ball – 13 starters are done – but they filled in the gaps fast, had decent depth to rely on, and they should be okay as long as the lines come together fast.

There’s Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian early on to tune up. and there are more than enough winnable games to at least get to six wins and a bowl. Throw in the break of not having to face Alabama, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, or LSU – and with Georgia coming to Columbia – and this needs to be a step-up season for head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

Realistic Best Case Record: 8-4
Realistic Worst Case Record: 4-8
2022 Missouri Prediction, Spring Football Version: 6-6
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 7-5
Missouri 2021 Final Record: 6-7
Missouri 2022 Schedule & Analysis

7. Vanderbilt Commodores

2020: 0-9 2019: 3-9 2018: 6-7

Second year head coach Clark Lea still has a whole lot of work to do., but at least the team returns with plenty of experience. The 2021 team took its usual lumps, but the positive part is all the experience returning back on both sides of the ball. Now the team needs to find more steady playmakers – and find an offense.

Getting to start out the season at Hawaii will at least be a nice way to enjoy a late August Saturday, and there should be enough winnable games to get past the two victories of last season. However, it’s going to take a massive upset for the Commodores to get an SEC win.

Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Realistic Worst Case Record: 1-11
2022 Vanderbilt Prediction, Spring Football Version: 3-9
CFN 2021 Spring Prediction: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2021 Final Record: 2-10
Vanderbilt 2022 Schedule & Analysis

SEC West Rankings Spring Version: NEXT

2022 NFL Draft: Best Picks of All-Time From Every SEC School

Who are the SEC’s greatest NFL Draft picks of all-time? Here are the top three best picks from each SEC program.

Who are the best NFL Draft picks from each of the SEC programs? Which players turned into the greatest stars at the next level?


Who were the best NFL draft picks from every SEC school?

Considering the conference dominates the NFL draft with all of its talent, you’d think this would be easy – roughly a quarter of every draft lately is made up by SEC players – but this is way harder than you might think.

This isn’t a list of the top pro players to come from the SEC schools – these are the best draft picks.

If an SEC player came up with a great career for someone other than the team that drafted him, he’s not on this list, or he’s diminished a bit.

The goal with any draft pick is to get a player who performs at a high level for a long period of time, so longevity matters.

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2022 South Carolina Football Schedule: 3 Things To Know

South Carolina football schedule. The 2022 schedule with 3 things to know

South Carolina football schedule 2022: Who does South Carolina miss on the SEC schedule and what are 3 things to know?


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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

South Carolina vs Mississippi State College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

South Carolina vs Mississippi State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Thursday.

South Carolina vs Mississippi State prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Thursday, March 10


South Carolina vs Mississippi State Game Preview, SEC Tournament How To Watch

Date: Thursday, March 10
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: South Carolina (18-12), Mississippi State (17-14)
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Auburn vs South Carolina College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview

Auburn vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5

Auburn vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, March 5


Auburn vs South Carolina How To Watch

Date: Saturday, March 5
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Auburn Arena, Auburn, AL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Auburn (26-4), South Carolina (18-11)
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Alabama vs South Carolina Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Alabama vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Saturday.

Alabama vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 26


Alabama vs South Carolina How To Watch

Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 6:00 ET
Venue: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL
How To Watch: SEC Network
Record: Alabama (18-10), South Carolina (17-10)
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Alabama vs South Carolina Game Preview


Why South Carolina Will Win

The Gamecocks are stepping up their game at just the right time.

They’ve won four straight by coming up with one of its hottest shooting stretches from the field, and the defense is coming off of four straight brilliant games at guarding from three.

Bothering teams from the outside isn’t anything new.

Mississippi State hit as many threes as you did in the 66-56 South Carolina win a few days ago – the Bulldogs missed all 11. Alabama shoots three after three after three, but it’s not making enough of them.

It has hit 40% or better from three just once since Thanksgiving, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why Alabama Will Win

Alabama keeps winning. It has taken down four of the last five games and gave Kentucky a bit of a push on the road.

No, it’s not all that accurate from three, but it takes so many shots from the outside that it makes enough to matter.

Can the Tide take it to the rim, too? South Carolina commits a whole lot of fouls, it turns the ball over too much, and the Crimson Tide have to generate takeaways, attack the goal, and hope to get fouled enough to slow things down at times.

But …

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What’s Going To Happen

South Carolina might have hit 10-of-11 against Mississippi State from the free throw line, but overall it’s been a struggle. It has a bigger problem making enough threes to keep up with the onslaught from the Tide shooters.

Alabama will do a great job on the offensive boards and will go a whole lot faster to pull away when needed.

Alabama vs South Carolina Prediction, Lines

Alabama 82, South Carolina 72
Line: Alabama -11, o/u: 153.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

Must See Rating: 3

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams

Kentucky vs South Carolina Prediction, College Basketball Game Preview

Kentucky vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch, lines, and why each team might – or might not – win on Tuesday.

Kentucky vs South Carolina prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Tuesday, February 8


Kentucky vs South Carolina How To Watch

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Kentucky (19-4), South Carolina (13-9)
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Kentucky vs South Carolina Game Preview


Why Kentucky Will Win

Kentucky has been on a roll since the loss to Auburn.

It roasted Kansas, it stuffed Alabama, and it’s been able to rise up with eight wins in the last nine games before it’a rebounding well, the defense has been good enough from three, and the shooting inside has been its normal stellar self.

No, this isn’t the most consistent team around, but that’s okay. South Carolina isn’t going to shoot the lights out from three, and it’s going to give the ball up over and over and over again for easy points, but …

– Latest Polls AP | Coaches

Why South Carolina Will Win

This Gamecock team is something fierce inside considering there’s not a ton of size when Wildens Leveque isn’t out there.

There’s a deep bench full of parts that keep attacking everything, forces a slew of mistakes, and goes hard after every miss on the offensive end. You can’t hang with Kentucky if you’re not at least close in rebounding margin, and South Carolina can do that.

However …

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What’s Going To Happen

South Carolina is unable to come up with much in a shootout.

It’s a team built on toughness, defense, and keeping games in range. If it can keep Kentucky in the low 70s, there’s a shot, In the 60s, and this gets interesting at home.

The Gamecocks are 8-0 when keeping opponents to under 66 points.

Kentucky has been under 66 just three times this year. It’ll get pushed, but it’ll pull away on a few good scoring runs late in the first half.

Kentucky vs South Carolina Prediction, Lines

Kentucky 77, South Carolina 64
Line: Kentucky -11, o/u: 141.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5

Must See Rating: 2.5

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2022 College Football Schedules: All 131 Teams