South Carolina earned a gritty win against a good SEC opponent on the road in Week 1.
While numerous opposing fans are trying to get South Carolina bumped out of the Top 10 and are now predicting six wins for the team, and bandwagon Gamecock fans are panicking about the team barely beating "lowly" Vanderbilt, I am savoring the victory.
In my opinion, while it wasn't the most beautiful of all victories, the fact that the Gamecocks went down to Nashville, in the rain, on a turf that they don't play on often, playing with half of a quarterback, against a team so determined to win their "Super Bowl," made the win one of the most impressive opening victories of the weekend.
Now, there is plenty of work to do to even compete with some of the amazing things we saw out of Alabama and LSU, but we knew that.
I'll take a conference win against a quality opponent over three bad quarters leading to an impressive fourth-quarter win against one of the worst programs in Division I any day (cough).
Here's what we learned after Week 1.