Alabama and South Carolina: One In the Same?

Johnny McLaurinContributor IOctober 9, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Blake Mitchell #12 of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks over the defense of the Alabama Crimson Tide before taking the snap on September 17, 2005 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. Alabama defeated South Carolina 37-14.  (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Next Saturday the Gamecocks will face off with the #3 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Gamecocks (#25) are ranked for the first time this season, and are heavily favored to beat Kentucky. If they do they will go to Alabama ranked higher than 25th, and wanting more.

Steve Spurrier is now in his 5th year as Head Coach of the University of South Carolina, and he is looking for that spark that will send him back to the old ways of doing things like he did in Florida. Spurrier seems to have a spring in his step these days, looking more youthful and actually having a good time with his team, instead of stating every little detail wrong with his team. As he prepares for "Coach Wars" with Alabama's Nick Saban, things are seemingly similar between the two teams.

Both quarterbacks have been in the program for the same number of years, McElroy being a Junior, and Garcia being a RS Sophomore. Both QB's have thrown for 1,000 yards so far on the season, and both have very good running games. Alabama although has a great running game with Ingram and Richardson getting most of the carries, South Carolina has 4 running backs who can BURST with speed out of the pocket.

Carolina's Kenny Miles will get the nod for the start against Kentucky, and if he plays well could get the nod for the Alabama game. Miles a 5-9, 183 pounder out of Lawrenceville, Ga has great speed and can get through the defenders with his power. Giles, a True Freshman from Florida can cut through defensive lines like a knife through butter with just one good offensive block.

Last but not least you have Spencer Lanning who can score some points with his foot, and the greatest LB in the game at this point Eric Norwood.

Norwood is up for the Lott Trophy, Lombardi and yes even the Heisman Memorial Trophy at the end of the season.

Something tells me I smell an Upset in the making... Spurrier is back.


South Carolina wins it...  21-17