Many may question the relevance of South Carolina football in this day and age. Being a Gamecock fan myself, sadly, even I question this from time to time.
Looking at their consistently disappointing seasons, it isn't too hard to understand why. While Coach Spurrier has slowly brought this team up from nothing into what can only be described as mediocre, it has been rough for Gamecock fans as of late.
After a season like 2007, when their team pulled out to a 6-1 record before losing out the rest of the season, South Carolina fans started to doubt that their beloved football team was finally coming around.
Then, in 2008 South Carolina struggled throughout the season but managed to make it to only their 14th Bowl appearance ever, where they had a less than quality performance.
Is it possible that the Gamecocks could soon be moving to a place of relevance in college football? With one of the top ranked recruiting classes of the 2009 season, this remains to be seen.
There are five games you need to watch that will tell you when the Gamecocks are finally pertinent to college football. South Carolina's games against the Georgia Bulldogs, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Volunteers, Florida Gators, and Clemson Tigers are all vital. These games have historically been the make or break of the Gamecock football season, and all for very different reasons.
The following is a breakdown of why you should have these games marked on your calendars.