South Carolina Football: It's Time to Believe

Alex Roberts@@alexCoAbassCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 15:  Coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes onto field during the start of their game against the UAB Blazers on September 15, 2012 at Williams Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Mary Ann Chastain/Getty Images)
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The 2012 South Carolina Gamecock football team that we were supposed to see this year finally showed up to play against the Missouri Tigers. 

It was truly a sight to behold. 

No quarterback controversy.  No sloppy play.  No questions. 

The Gamecocks dominated a decent SEC football team.  A football team that led Georgia in the third quarter of their matchup.  The Gamecocks just absolutely demolished the Tigers throughout the course of the game. 

The special teams were rock solid.  The defense was spectacular.  The offense could do whatever it wanted. 

It was just an all-around impressive effort.  Anyone who watched the game, regardless of their allegiance, had to come away impressed. 

This is a deep, talented and athletic group that improves each and every week.  They're focused, intelligent and still capable of big things. 

In fact, one might argue that South Carolina looks to be the second best team in the SEC.  Alabama is the clear-cut favorite, with Georgia, South Carolina and LSU hovering around second. 

The Gamecocks will most likely beat Kentucky this week.  While they can't get complacent and slack off, the Wildcats are one of the worst SEC teams I have ever seen.  This will set up a potential top-five or six matchup with the Georgia Bulldogs in what might become the most important game in the history of the program. 

This team has the look of a national champion.  It's time to start believing.