South Carolina's schedule in 2013 was advantageous and the Gamecocks seized most of the opportunities en route to a high end-of-season ranking. Unfortunately, the 2014 season looks to feature a tougher road for the Gamecocks, but they have a team up for the task.
The SEC will be strong as always, but several key players who have previously dominated college football are headed to the draft.
South Carolina doesn't have an easy draw, as they have non-divisional games against Texas A&M and SEC champion and BCS runner-up Auburn. The Gamecocks will need to bring their A+ game every week to survive the tough schedule.
Criteria for the rankings are the strength of the opponent, whether the game is at home or on the road, and the positioning of the game in the schedule.
Here is a ranking list of the hardest games of 2014 for the South Carolina Gamecocks.