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Typically a season-opening night game at Williams-Brice Stadium would be an insane atmosphere for both the South Carolina Gamecocks and an intimidating one for the visitor, in this case the Tennessee Volunteers.
2020 is certainly an atypical situation.
With capacity capped at 25% — meaning only about 20,000 fans will be in attendance — the vibe may be a little different, but that does not mean there isn’t still excitement.
Steven Cook, president of the Five Points Association, told WIS News 10 that they are preparing for the crowds.
“Frankly, we don’t know what to expect to a certain extent — usually Friday is a zoo, every restaurant and every bar,” Cook said. “A lot of this enforcement is for better or worse fallen on businesses, and we have to police our customers throughout their time in our establishment.”
The bars have to stay at 50% capacity as well.
Fans going to the game will be required to wear masks.
For success on the field the Gamecocks will have to make sure to be disruptive — especially on defense.
Here are two keys to the game for Gamecock success:
- Play Muschampball: Throughout his career, Will Muschamp has frustrated opposing offenses and made them do uncharacteristic things. It has scored the South Carolina program some unexpected victories — thought it is has also set up for some disappointing losses — but the fact remains the same: if the defense can make the Vols play sloppy, it will go a long way to winning.
- Rattle Jarrett Guarantano: There is usually something somewhat reassuring to have a senior leader but Vols fans know all too well that Guarantano has been anything but a reliable figure during his time on Rocky Top. The streaky nature of his game — and his confidence — is one way to make sure that South Carolina can play to its strengths and score an early season upset.
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