2023 Jacksonville State Gamecocks Football Preview

2022 Record: 9-2 overall, 5-0 in Atlantic Sun
Head Coach: Rich Rodriquez, 2nd year: 9-2, 26th year overall: 172-121-2

Jacksonville State Gamecocks Preview 2023

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks are coming off a 7-5 season in 2022, their first winning season since 2016. They were led by head coach Rich Rodriguez, who is entering his second season with the team.

The Gamecocks return a number of key players from last season, including quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who threw for 2,923 yards and 20 touchdowns. They also have a talented running back in Josh Samuels, who rushed for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Gamecocks' defense is led by linebacker Noah Thomas, who had 100 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season. They also have a strong secondary, led by cornerbacks Ja'Quez Jackson and Zyon Gilbert.

The Gamecocks have a tough schedule in 2023, but they have the talent to compete for a bowl game. They will open the season against UTEP, then face a tough road game against East Tennessee State. They also have a home game against Coastal Carolina, which will be a tough test.

If the Gamecocks can stay healthy, they should be in contention for a winning season. I predict they will win 8 games in 2023.

Key Players

Team Statistics

  • 2022 Overall Record: 7-5
  • 2022 Offensive Rating: 50.0
  • 2022 Defensive Rating: 41.5


I predict the Jacksonville State Gamecocks will win 8 games in 2023. They have the talent to compete for a bowl game, but they will need to stay healthy and avoid some of the tough matchups on their schedule.

Sept 2 East Tennessee State
Sept 9 at Coastal Carolina
Sept 23 Eastern Michigan
Sept 28 at Sam Houston
Oct 4 Middle Tennessee
Oct 10 Liberty
Oct 17 WKU
Oct 25 at FIU
Nov 4 at South Carolina
Nov 18 Louisiana Tech
Nov 25 at New Mexico State


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