2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 24–7 vs. Ohio State
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 21
AP No. 19
2000 record 8–4 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Lou Holtz (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Skip Holtz (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (2nd year)
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium (c. 80,250, grass)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#10 Florida x$   7 1         10 3  
#20 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
#19 South Carolina   5 3         8 4  
Tennessee   5 3         8 4  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 8  
Kentucky   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#18 Auburn x   6 2         9 4  
#22 LSU   5 3         8 4  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 5  
#24 Mississippi State   4 4         8 4  
Arkansas   3 5         6 6  
Alabama   3 5         3 8  
Championship: Florida 28, Auburn 6
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gamecocks were led by Lou Holtz in his second season as head coach and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina made one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history, going from a winless season in 1999 to an eight-win campaign in 2000. Their first win of the season, against New Mexico State, came two years to the day after their previous win, against Ball State on September 2, 1998. South Carolina's turnaround in conference play was also one of the biggest in SEC history, going from 0–8 in 1999, to 5–3 in 2000 including a victory against a heavily favored Georgia team that ended the Gamecocks' SEC losing streak. South Carolina fans tore down the goalposts at Williams-Brice Stadium on both occasions in celebration. On New Year's Day 2001, the Gamecocks defeated Ohio State in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida. South Carolina finished the season ranked #19 in the AP Poll and #21 in the Coaches Poll.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 PM New Mexico State* Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 31–0   80,814
September 9 3:30 PM No. 10 Georgia Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN2 W 21–10   83,605
September 16 7:00 PM Eastern Michigan* Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC W 41–6   80,922
September 23 12:30 PM Mississippi State Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS W 23–19   79,949
September 30 3:00 PM at Alabama No. 23 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL PPV L 17–27   83,818
October 7 7:00 PM at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 20–17   69,334
October 14 12:30 PM Arkansasdagger No. 24 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS W 27–7   81,935
October 21 2:00 PM at Vanderbilt No. 18 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN PPV W 30–14   33,369
October 28 12:30 PM Tennessee No. 17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS L 14–17   84,200
November 11 3:30 PM at No. 4 Florida No. 21 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 21–41   85,718
November 18 3:30 PM at No. 14 Clemson* No. 25 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ABC L 14–16   85,187
January 1 11:00 AM vs. No. 18 Ohio State* Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 24–7   65,229
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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