The South Carolina Gamecocks are on track to an SEC title—or better yet a national title. After spending nearly a decade in the shadows of powerhouse rivals such as Tennessee, Florida and Georgia and managing mediocre seasons, the Gamecocks are proving they are ready to contend with the best on the national level.
The past two seasons, the Gamecocks have gone 8-0 against top SEC rivals Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and in-state rival Clemson. They ended the 2011 season in the top 10 and are entering National Signing Day with the 15th-ranked recruiting class.
South Carolina has turned its reputation of being an easy win into a team people look out for every season. Having spent season after season seeing glimpses of potential, the Ole Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, finally has a team of stars and is using it fully.
Here are five reasons why the SEC could be shocked by South Carolina in 2012.