The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off their third straight finish in the Top 10, making them a prime pick to secure a spot in the first ever college football playoff.
South Carolina is on the rise yet again as it returns a majority of its players on offense and has a lot of depth at most positions on defense. Head ball coach Steve Spurrier may not have the talent of Jadeveon Clowney or the strong will of Connor Shaw, though he does have arguably his most talented team top to bottom during his career in Columbia.
The pressure is on for South Carolina to be the team to beat in the SEC outside of Alabama, whom the Gamecocks avoid on the regular-season schedule.
The Gamecocks have a great opportunity to claim a playoff spot, though the task will not be an easy one.
Here are Coach Spurrier's four biggest challenges for the South Carolina Gamecocks in 2014.