Today there are 78 days until kickoff.
78 times last season the Gamecocks successfully converted 3rd downs.
They had 181 attempts for a 43.1 % rate. That rate was 3rd best in the SEC (behind LSU and Alabama) and a big reason the Gamecocks were able to hold the ball so much last season.
An offense that converts 3rd downs often is almost always an effective offense.
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