In coach-speak, "looking ahead" is like walking under a ladder, spilling the salt or chanting "Christina Aguilera" 13 times in front of a mirror. If you do it, something bad is probably going to happen.
Just thinking about next weekend's game before you've played the one directly in front of you will send all manners of bad mojo down on your program.
More likely, college football coaches' near-universal refusal to talk about future games is just another way to stiff arm the media without resorting to Pelini-like profanity—definitely, definitely NSFW, unless you happen to work in a strip club or pawn shop. (Seriously, what is that guy's deal?)
Luckily for sports bards, bloggers and bloviators everywhere, those rules don't apply to us.
So, submitted for your approval, are the five biggest storylines as we "look ahead" to the rest of South Carolina's slate this season.
Go ahead, indulge in a little fantasy. You've earned it.