We know the Ol’ Ball Coach likes to put his pants on one leg at a time, but let’s take a peak inside the coach’s closet and try to get an idea of what Gamecocks will be wearing on game days this season. South Carolina’s schedule features three evening games to open the season and plenty of home turf. The only games on the schedule that are farther than a two-hour bus ride are Mizzou, Texas A&M, and Tennessee. So without further ado, here’s your 2015 Gamecock Tailgate Fashion Guide:
Sept 3. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C. 6 p.m.
The Thursday night happy-hour opener for USC is all about looking good and staying cool. The Tar Heels employ an up-tempo scheme designed to maximize the number of offensive snaps they get. The Gamecocks would do well to stay conservative, keep the ball on the ground, and run the clock out. Do everyone a favor and remember to wear deodorant to this summer kickoff.
Outfit of choice USC: Tan khakis, white Gamecocks golf shirt made of sweat-wicking material, comfortable shoes.
What to expect from UNC: Plaid shorts, Columbia shirt, deck shoes.
Sept 12. University of Kentucky, Columbia 7:30 p.m.
Backup Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp and the Wildcats Air Raid offense ran all over Carolina last year on their way to a 45-38 come-from-behind victory in Lexington. They have a prototypical QB and Bob Stoops is entering his third year at the helm. Kentucky is vulnerable at cornerback and the Gamecocks should come out throwing to Pharoh Cooper. Take the over.
Outfit of choice USC: Tracksuit, running shoes, and a visor.
What to expect from UK: No shirt, no shoes, and a mullet.
Sept 19. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 6 p.m.
The Gamecocks should be undefeated when they show up between the hedges to face the favorite to win the SEC East. Nick Chubb is another in what has been an impressive train of NFL-caliber RBs for the Bulldogs, and he figures to get the call often this season. On the other hand, Georgia hired Brian Schottenheimer as their new offensive coordinator. A backup quarterback for Spurrier at Florida in the mid-nineties, Schottenheimer brings with him a wealth of experience losing in the NFL as OC for the Rams and Jets. He known as a terrible game-day coach, who may be the difference in a close game.
Outfit of choice USC: Break out the pearls and the bow ties. This may be your only time down the red carpet this season.
What to expect from UGA: As long as it’s too small and black or red, someone from Georgia will be wearing it with the collar popped.
Sept 26. University of Central Florida, Columbia
Over the past 20 years, UCF has evolved from a Division II school to the largest university in the state of Florida. The Knights have managed to put together two consecutive nine win seasons under George O’Leary and have an all-conference running back despite losing Latavius Murray and Storm Johnson to the NFL since 2013. With what is likely to be an early kickoff, this cupcake has upset written in the icing.
Outfit of choice USC: Sweatpants and a T-shirt. You won’t make it up in time to go tailgating. Grab some popcorn and watch this one from your couch.
What to expect from UCF: Yoga pants and sports bras. Think Ronda Rousey.
Oct. 3. University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
I think I speak for everyone when I say the SEC East is sick and tired of Mizzou thinking they can compete in this league. We are all ready from them to regress to their mean, already. Although only the beginning of October, I guarantee it will be 40 degrees and raining for this game in Missouri. Dress accordingly.
Outfit of choice USC: Fleece, knit-cap, gloves, parka
What to expect from Mizzou: Flannel shirt, barn jacket, and galoshes.
Oct. 10 Louisiana State University, Columbia
The Gamecock run defense isn’t getting any relief when Les Miles’ Tigers come to Williams-Brice. Running back Leonard Fournette weighs 230 pounds and has power and speed and the ability to accessorize if the Tigers make it through the West. A defense touting itself as DBU should seek to make South Carolina one dimensional on offense.
Outfit of choice USC: Camo. You may want to disappear at halftime.
What to expect from LSU: Face paint, Mardi Gras beads, missing teeth and bad breath
Prediction for first half of Season: Gamecocks will be 3-3 at the turn.