Akron vs South Carolina

Akron vs South Carolina: South Carolina is less than 24 hours away from concluding its regular season slate of games as kickoff against Akron is set for noon on the SEC Alternate Channel. The Gamecocks (6-5) aren’t used to playing on this day as there has only been one SEC Championship game appearance in program history, and the Clemson contest typically ends the season. But with a makeup game scheduled against the Zips (4-7), the Gamecocks are trying to get one more win prior to bowl season.

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According to the South Carolina game notes, the Akron football team was established in 1891 when the school was known as Buchtel College and later became the University of Akron in 1913. In 1926, the athletic teams were named the Zippers after rubber boots manufactured by the B.F. Goodrich Company, which was headquartered in Akron at the time. The name was shortened to “Zips” in 1950.

Zips head coach Terry Bowden has a 34-50 record in his seven seasons at the school. He has brought his team to two bowl games after winning just one game his first season with the team. He has previously been a head coach at Auburn, and has a 2-0 record all-time against the Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks have won 32 of their last 35 non-conference home games. The only three losses have come to Clemson twice and The Citadel. South Carolina is 2-0 this season in home non-conference games with wins over Coastal Carolina and Chattanooga.

South Carolina and Akron will kickoff at noon on Saturday. Television coverage will be provided by the SEC Alternate Channel.

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