South Carolina’s FBS non-conference opponents North Carolina, Central Florida and off course Clemson had a combined record of 29-10 in 2012. Which adds up to be the SEC’s toughest non-conference schedule according to opponents combined win/loss record from last season. Looking slightly into those three games. Central is a tricky match up and should be a win, but South Carolina is going to have to be focused playing at Bright House Stadium in Orlando. Also this would be a great road trip game to attend if you need a vacation. North Carolina and Clemson are both at Williams Brice Stadium, what has been proven to be one of the toughest places to win in recent seasons. Although North Carolina and Clemson could very well meet up in the ACC championship next season. Replacing ECU with UNC and UAB with UCF really beefed up the schedule. Tennessee (73%) and Florida (72%) FBS non-conference foes winning percentage comes in 2nd and 3rd. Tennessee probably has the toughest non-conference game of all against @ Oregon…..good luck with that one Butch Davis. Florida also has tough games vs. Florida State and @ Miami. Alabama plays in the season opener vs Virginia Tech (Georgia Dome) and a putrid Colorado State team at home.
Other notable games: 8/31 Georgia @ Clemson, 8/31 LSU vs TCU (Cowboys Stadium, Dallas TX), 8/31 Mississippi State vs Oklahoma State (Reliant Stadium, Houston TX), 9/14 Ole Miss @ Texas, 9/21 Arkansas @ Rutgers
By: Marlin Anderson