Sunday, June 24, 2012
2012 Preview: South Carolina Columbia, SC
The Gamecocks have risen from a mediocre middle of the road SEC team to Eastern contender. For the past two years, South Carolina has contended for the Eastern crown of the Southeastern Conference. Steve Spurrier took the Gamecocks to their first ever SEC Championship Game appearance and first ever eleven win season in just two years. With Heisman contending, Marcus Lattimore coming back from injury there are many reasons for Gamecock fans to be hyped for 2012.
For the first time the UGA-USC game might be the biggest of the SEC East, and for the first time, it will be played in October. Last season South Carolina beat Georgia in Athens 45-45 despite Georgia being the better team. Stupid mistakes and costly turnovers decided the fate of the game. Even though South Carolina beat Georgia they failed to make it to Atlanta with losses to Arkansas and Auburn. This caused Spurrier to criticize the rules of the SEC, since his Gamecocks swept the eastern teams. His complaints were ignored and even received backlash by Alabama coach Nick Saban.
The Gamecocks return thirteen starters from the 11-2 team of last season. The main starters returning are running back Marcus Lattimore, QB Connor Shaw, and freshman beast Jadeveon Clowney. With high powered offense and an elite defense the Gamecocks are a dangerous top ten team. South Carolina can certainly challenge the Dawgs and will get a much needed edge being at home in Williams-Brice Stadium.
South Carolina has beaten the Dawgs the past two years and look to make it three in a row for the first time in the series. Although, the South Carolina beat the Dawgs in Athens last season don't expect the same again. The Dawgs mistakes cost them a win last season. With a more mature experienced Bulldogs team, South Carolina will fall.
Georgia 23 South Carolina 17