Heading into the 2013 season, the South Carolina Gamecocks are heralded as serious contenders for the SEC East crown.
Now that they've managed to shake that pesky SEC West monkey off their backs (South Carolina artfully dodges Alabama, Louisiana State, and the anybody's-guess Auburn Tigers this year), the deck is loaded for a run at the Promised Land: the elusive 12-0 regular season, an invitation to Atlanta and a shot at the National Championship.
Getting there won't be easy. Sure, everyone's talking about the key matchups of the season: at Georgia, the homestand against Florida, the always-difficult Arkansas Razorbacks in Hogtown.
But what about the pitfalls? The ankle-biters? The upsets?
For those of you who would rather lip lock Lou Holtz than watch another NFL exhibition game, wet your whistles with this countdown of the five games in the Gamecocks' 2013 lineup that are most likely to make Admiral Ackbar scream, "It's a trap!"