It's weird. Players, coaches, staff, trainers, waterboys (and girls), mascots and pretty much anyone else associated with football all know that "looking ahead" (that is, speculating on any game other than the very next one to be played) is sort of like kissing your sister. You might be thinking about it—heck, you might even be tempted—but you can never, ever under any circumstances let anyone know about it.
As far as college football goes, it probably really is about as big a no-no as incest.
And yet, it's also one of the great benefits to being a mere fan. Just a big, beer-swilling, TV-hurling, ass-scratching, lazy, good-for-nothing fan. You can speculate all you want about essentially anything, and no one but the most resentful of trolls will dare call you on it.
Or so I'm betting, because I'm about to "look ahead" in a big way. Don't look now, because here comes one fan's list of the five 2011 matchups the South Carolina "Football" Gamecocks shouldn't be worried about.