Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier arrives at a pep rally. (FOX Carolina/Dec. 31, 2013)
Fans ready an hour before gametime. (FOX Carolina/January 1, 2013)
Capital One Bowl FanZone. (FOX Carolina/January 1, 2013)
South Carolina fans are in Orlando for the Capital One Bowl. (FOX Carolina/December 31, 2013)
ORLANDO (FOX Carolina) -
It's gameday in central Florida, and that means Gamecocks fans are ready to go.
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks are getting ready to take on Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando on New Year's Day.
FOX Carolina sports anchor/reporter Aaron Cheslock and photographer Mike Birchfield are in Orlando to cover the game.
Fans showed up early Wednesday to tailgate and get into USC spirit. Many showed up to take in the experience of the FanZone.
On Tuesday, fans attended a pep rally for each team. A pep rally for Wisconsin was held at 4 p.m., followed by a pep rally for South Carolina at 4:45 p.m.
Cheslock attended the pep rallies and said people packed Pointe Orlando, an outdoor shopping area, for the events. He said the Gamecocks mascot, Cocky, led chants to get South Carolina fans pumped up. Head coach Steve Spurrier also spoke to the crowd.
The Capital One Bowl kicked off at 1 p.m. Cheslock and Birchfield will have coverage on foxcarolina.com and on the FOX Carolina News Facebook page.
After the Capital One Bowl, Cheslock and Birchfield will head farther south to Miami, where Clemson will play Ohio State in the Discover Orange Bowl on Friday at 8 p.m.
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