South Carolina Football 2012: The Year of the 1st Gamecock SEC Championship!

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South Carolina Football 2012: The Year of the 1st Gamecock SEC Championship!
Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE

That's right! Why not the Gamecocks in 2012? Just look at how close they came to playing for the SEC championship last year. It boiled down to a couple of plays in that Auburn game—or, a Georgia slip versus Vandy (33-28), Florida (24-20) or even Tennessee (20-12).

Those games are over, and I am surely not whining about what happened in them. I just bring it up to remind all that being in the championship game versus LSU was just a whisker away last year—just that close. Anyone who says they wouldn't have had a chance versus LSU if they had made it has never played, nor even watched, a lot of football. Just get to the game! Then, see what all you can make happen.

There are lots of reasons to argue why South Carolina can't win a SEC championship in 2012, but not nearly as many reasons as there were that Auburn couldn't win it in 2010. In 2001, LSU was a double-digit underdog to Tennessee and won it 31-20.

Throughout the history of the SEC, there have been some preseason favorites who have won throughout the season and then the game. Still, there have been many other schools who were not the preseason favorite who wound up wearing the crown.

The following are eight reasons why South Carolina has what it takes to win the first SEC football championship in school history. Read on! Then decide if the Gamecocks are really a contender for the 2012 SEC football championship.

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