COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Sitting around watching football games was an odd thing for South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp to do last Saturday.
"It was just different," Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. "It was good to spend the day with Carol, Jackson and Whit. That's kind of what we did at our house, watched a lot of ball. I got nervous before every game and we weren't even playing, but that's kind of normal."
Like Muschamp, a few of his players had the chance to plant themselves in front a television and watch a few college football games. Having the chance to do so game some an opportunity to do a little homework on Vanderbilt.
The Gamecocks currently own a nine-game winning streak over the Commodores, but they understand extending it won't be easy. Derek Mason's squad is coming off a 22-17 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame and have lost to USC by seven points or less in the last two meetings. With Carolina also coming off a loss, the Gamecocks took time to focus on things their team needed to fix. Doing so required Coach Muschamp to turn up the intensity in practice.
"We've done a lot of good-on-good work, as much as we could as far as us getting prepared for a very good Vanderbilt team," Muschamp said. "We got a lot of fastball work, so I feel comfortable about that preparation."
According to quarterback Jake Bentley, the competition was high in practice, especially on Thursday. With bragging rights and a few gassers on the line, both teams got after it in hopes of getting better with the Commodores next on the schedule.
"Really just competitive," Bentley said. "A lot of competition stuff, whoever wins the most reps has to run a gasser. Really just intense practice. Coach Muschamp is really just pushing us to be the best we can be."
South Carolina takes on Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Nashville. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.