Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks finished off the 2011 season with a bang by winning the Capital One Bowl by a score of 30-13 over Nebraska.
The win increased the Gamecocks win total to 11 wins on the season, which happens to be the first time in school history.
There are a lot of big things happening right now in South Carolina football. The program has 20 total wins over the past two seasons, which is the most in a two-year stretch for the Gamecocks. They'll return a lot of their offensive firepower from this season and plenty of talent on the defensive side as well. They also have Coach Spurrier and the majority of the coaching staff returning.
Expectations are running high in Columbia, and there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the 2012 season coming up.
Here are a few reasons why...