South Carolina Gamecocks

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 26:  Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after a touchdown pass against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Gamecocks felt disrespected by Clemson’s late-game timeouts

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The Clemson Tigers wrapped up their regular season with a dominating performance against in-state rival South Carolina Saturday night. The Gamecocks were used merely as a tune-up for the ACC Championship Game, which will be played next weekend in Orlando against Virginia Tech. With the game well in hand and this being the final game at home for Clemson’s seniors (and a handful of notable juniors), Clemson used some timeouts late in the game to allow for a final sendoff by the Clemson faithful for players that have accomplished so much in the last few years. This did not sit well with South Carolina.

“I feel like they kind of disrespected us at the end,” safety D.J. Smith said after the game, according to The State. “Holding the ball and doing all that showboating. I feel like it wasn’t really classy, but it is a rivalry game. It’s going to stick with all of us and we’re going to remember.”

There was some more alleged ugliness attached to the game as well. South Carolina wide receiver Terry Googer shared his reaction via Twitter, noting there were some racial slurs thrown around from the Clemson side.

South Carolina linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams also suggested a racial slur was hurled at some point in the evening.

“They disrespected us. We’re waiting 365 days to get this team back,” Allen-Williams said, according to The Big Spur. “They did a lot of disrespectful things on the field. We’re on a mission. We’re definitely going to be ready next year at Williams-Brice [Stadium]. They called us N words, some of their linemen. They did a lot of nasty stuff. That’s just not us. Coach Muschamp always talks to us about being a classy program. That’s one thing we’re going to do.”

There is no defending the use of racial slurs but as far as the late-game tributes to the Clemson seniors, some might say to the victors go the spoils. It will be up to South Carolina to next year do what it can to show Clemson how that moment feels when the teams meet again at the end of the 2017 regular season.

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 13

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 26:  Darrius Sims #6 celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the University of Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt defeated Tennessee 45-34.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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As we exit a wild Thanksgiving week filled with rivalry game upsets and head toward the final week of the regular season, it’s crazy to think that college football is over for a lot of teams. At the same time, there are dozens of others wondering what’s next on the docket with the postseason picture still slowly coming into focus. Most teams are left wondering just how the bowl picture will shake out and it could come right down to the end for several teams looking to find a spot from the College Football Playoff on down.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Florida
Orange Bowl Florida State Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Western Michigan

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl North Texas+ San Diego State
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette UCF
Camellia Bowl Arkansas State Central Michigan
New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss Appalachian State
Miami Beach Bowl Tulsa Toledo
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Houston
Poinsettia Bowl BYU* Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Old Dominion* Eastern Michigan*
Armed Forces Bowl Navy* Mississippi State+
Dollar General Bowl Troy Ohio
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida Army
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Boston College
Independence Bowl South Carolina N.C. State
Heart of Dallas Bowl Louisiana Tech South Alabama
Military Bowl Wake Forest Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Air Force
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Virginia Tech West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M Kansas State
Birmingham Bowl Vanderbilt Memphis
Belk Bowl Georgia Tech Kentucky
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl Tennessee TCU
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Arkansas
Outback Bowl Nebraska LSU
Citrus Bowl Louisville Auburn
Arizona Bowl Idaho Boise State

*Accepted bowl invite
+ 5-7 team selected based on APR

2016 College Football Bowl Projections after Week 12

COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 12: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate after defeating the Maryland Terrapins, 62-3, at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 12 in college football is in the books and, while it was not quite as wild as the week before, it still had a number of big upsets that shook up the postseason picture. Everybody is deservedly talking about the playoff path for several teams but numerous rivalry games and a handful of conference title games mean there are a ton of key games left on the docket.

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and see how every game the rest of the year plays out and which teams wind up in certain bowl games. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 17:

College Football Playoff

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl No. 1 Alabama No. 4 Washington
Fiesta Bowl No. 2 Clemson No. 3 Ohio State

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Rose Bowl Wisconsin USC
Sugar Bowl Oklahoma Tennessee
Orange Bowl Louisville Michigan
Cotton Bowl Penn State Navy

2016 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl UTSA New Mexico
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State San Diego State
Cure Bowl S. Alabama No. Illinois
Camellia Bowl Appalachian State Toledo
New Orleans Bowl Arkansas State Louisiana Tech
Miami Beach Bowl UCF Central Michigan
Boca Raton Bowl Western Kentucky Memphis
Poinsettia Bowl BYU Wyoming
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Colorado State Miami (OH)
Bahamas Bowl Ohio Old Dominion
Armed Forces Bowl Tulsa Army
Dollar General Bowl Troy Western Michigan
Hawaii Bowl Middle Tenn. State Hawaii
St. Petersburg Bowl South Florida N.C. State
Quick Lane Bowl Maryland Eastern Michigan
Independence Bowl South Carolina Boston College
Heart of Dallas Bowl North Texas Vanderbilt
Military Bowl Georgia Tech Temple
Holiday Bowl Iowa Stanford
Cactus Bowl Baylor Boise State
Pinstripe Bowl Northwestern Pitt
Russell Athletic Bowl Florida State West Virginia
Foster Farms Bowl Indiana Washington State
Texas Bowl Texas A&M TCU
Birmingham Bowl Kentucky Houston
Belk Bowl Ole Miss Wake Forest
Alamo Bowl Oklahoma State Colorado
Liberty Bowl LSU Kansas State
Sun Bowl North Carolina Utah
Music City Bowl Minnesota Georgia
TaxSlayer Bowl Miami (FL) Auburn
Outback Bowl Nebraska Arkansas
Citrus Bowl Virginia Tech Florida
Arizona Bowl Idaho Air Force

Trio of Big 12, Big Ten, SEC teams among 16 that can become bowl-eligible Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 11: An Army Cadet waves an American flag and cheers during a game between the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights on December 11, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Midshipmen won 31-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Entering a Week 12 that kicked off Tuesday, 58 teams had already met the six-win threshold and are bowl-eligible. With wins Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan pushed that number to an even 60. As there are 40 bowl games this season, that means 20 of those slots are still left to be filled.

Once Week 12 is put to bed, well over half of those available openings could be closed heading into the final full weekend of the regular season.

Leading the charge toward the postseason are a trio of teams from three Power Five conferences: the Big 12 (Kansas State, TCU, Texas), Big Ten (Indiana, Maryland, Northwestern) and SEC (Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina). UK and USC are nearly mortal locks to reach six wins as they both play FCS teams at home, while K-State and TCU have the added advantage of two more games apiece should they lose to Baylor or Oklahoma State, respectively, this weekend.

The B1G schools have by far the toughest row to hoe, with two of the teams facing ranked opponents on the road (Indiana, at No. 3 Michigan; Maryland, at No. 18 Nebraska) while Northwestern plays at a 7-3 Minnesota squad still alive in the race for a West division title.

A football program that played its first season in 2012, UT-San Antonio, will be looking to wrap up its first-ever bowl bid, although that may have to wait until the regular season finale against Charlotte as UTSA will have to travel to Texas A&M this weekend. Army (home against Morgan State) and UK, meanwhile, will be looking to end the longest bowl-less streaks amongst the group of 16 schools that could reach six wins Saturday, with each team last playing in the postseason following the 2010 season.

Below is that complete group of 16 schools that can become bowl-eligible in Week 12, along with their opponent and last year of playing in the postseason:

Arizona State (at Washington), 2015
Army (Morgan State), 2010
Colorado State (New Mexico), 2015
Indiana (at Michigan), 2015
Kansas State (at Baylor), 2015
Kentucky (Austin Peay), 2010
Maryland (at Nebraska), 2014
North Carolina State (Miami), 2015
Northwestern (at Minnesota), 2015
Ole Miss (at Vanderbilt), 2015
SMU (USF), 2012
Southern Miss (at North Texas), 2015
South Carolina (Western Carolina), 2014
TCU (Oklahoma State), TCU
Texas (at Kansas), 2014
UT-San Antonio (at Texas A&M), never

(Note: There are currently 35 teams, out of 128 FBS teams, that have at least seven losses, meaning they can’t reach bowl eligibility. If there not enough six-win teams to fill all 80 bowl slots, five-win teams with the best APR scores will be selected.)

Former South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore now a HS head coach

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 06:  Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes upfield against the Georgia Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Everyone’s favorite former running back is moving up in the coaching ranks.

Marcus Lattimore was named the head coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C., on Monday, mark, obviously, the first head coaching gig for the 25-year-old. Lattimore was the school’s running backs coach and B-team coach, whom, in his first season with the school, he led to a South Carolina high school Class AAA Region I championship after posting winless seasons in 2014 and ’15.

“Heathwood Hall is a special community that I am thrilled to be a part of,” Lattimore said in a statement, via ESPN. “The kindhearted people make this place feel like home. The genuine care for our students is evident, and it all starts with great leadership from our Head of School, Chris Hinchey. The sport of football has provided me with a platform to motivate and inspire thousands of kids over the years, and this will give me an opportunity on a daily basis to continue to make an impact on the lives of our young men. Our coaching staff will immediately began to create a uniform system, developing the program from top to bottom, with the foundation built on an emphasis of accountability. Our young men will know they represent something bigger than themselves. Our players will work with pride to have people respect the name on the back of their jersey and more importantly, the name on the front.”

Lattimore, of course, was a promising running back for South Carolina until a catastrophic knee injury suffered at Tennessee in 2012 ended a certain NFL career in his junior year. Lattimore was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers but was unable to regain his pre-injury ability.

With his playing career cut short, Lattimore was jumped into coaching and player development. He attempted to join Will Muschamp‘s staff but was required by the NCAA to choose joining the staff or ending his skill development camp, and he ended up siding with keeping his camp.

In addition to his coaching duties, Lattimore also runs the Marcus Lattimore Foundation, which helps high school athletes prepare for college and life beyond sports.

“We are extremely pleased that Marcus has accepted our offer to become our head football coach and a member of our staff at Heathwood,” Heathwood Hall athletic director Jeff Whalen said in a statement. “Marcus is very knowledgeable in football but brings to us a more important characteristic in that he understands the importance of developing character and discipline.”