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The Gamecocks put together their most complete game of the season Saturday night against the Bulldogs with a 35-7 thrashing of Georgia. On the strength of that win, South Carolina rose to No. 3 in the AP poll.
All of a sudden, Steve Spurrier has the Gamecocks looking like legit national championship contenders. In the next three weeks, South Carolina plays at LSU and Florida before hosting Tennessee.
If the Gamecocks can navigate that stretch unblemished, they’ll almost certainly move past an undefeated Oregon to No. 2 in the polls.
Even if South Carolina can run the table in the SEC, it still would most likely have to face Alabama in the championship game. No matter where they are ranked, a win against the Tide would almost certainly put the Gamecocks in the national championship.