Does South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier Still Got It?

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIOctober 11, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 25:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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So the ole ball coach had a few tricks up his sleeve for Alabama Saturday. Most experts thought that Alabama would at least have one loss this season and it would probably come in the three game stretch against Arkansas, South Carolina or Florida.

After seeing what the Gamecocks did against Auburn, who knew it would against them. A few weeks earlier, the Gamecock defense looked terrible against Auburn’s offense and Stephen Garcia looked like, well Stephen Garcia; making mistakes that cost his team the game.

But give Steve Spurrier two weeks and a lot of credit for stopping Alabama Saturday. His defense stopped Bama’s running game and forced them to pass and even though Greg McElroy passed for 315 yards and two touchdowns, it wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

Finally, after a lot of years of having potential and not coming through, Spurrier finally gets his signature win. The question is can he keep it up?

It took Garcia nearly playing the perfect game and Alabama making tons of mistakes on offense and defense for them to fall. Spurrier is not known for his patience with Garcia and you have to wonder if Garcia doesn’t play like that all the time in the next few weeks, if he’ll be yanked again.

Also, the Gamecock defense gave up a lot of yards to Alabama even though they had seven sacks. Although, Kentucky isn’t the best team out there, but they can score A LOT of points just ask Auburn.

So, it will be interesting to see how a coach and a team that hasn’t really been in this position before reacts after a huge win like this.

So, before people start putting Spurrier’s Gamecocks in the SEC Championship Game, keep in mind this week’s game versus Kentucky maybe bigger then Saturday’s win over Alabama.