While the Belk Bowl isn't a playoff game or New Year's 6 bowl, it is a move up from previous seasons. And that's what the Gamecocks need to continue to do: trend upward. No program can be built in one season. The Gamecocks need a win today to solidify an 8 win season and use that momentum to continue to build the program.
With a returning QB and a new practice facility, a win today is just what the Gamecocks need to take into the off season.