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After a long week that saw starting quarterback Stephen Garcia kicked off the team for off-field issues, the Gamecocks' chances of consistently being in the polls went out the window.
Although Garcia isn't the offensive leader on the team, you need a solid QB/RB combo to win games in the SEC. Although Marcus Lattimore will continue to tear it up on the ground this season, he cannot win the Gamecocks' remaining games on his own.
Lattimore has been limited on the ground in games this season, and if Connor Shaw cannot perform in big games at quarterback, the Gamecocks are going to struggle.
The Gamecocks still have Clemson, Florida and Arkansas on the schedule, and could easily lose two of three to find themselves out of the polls for the first time this season. Though many may think of the Gamecocks as a staple of the BCS poll this season, among the Top 10 teams in the nation, the 'Cocks are only team that seems poised to disappoint and drop out of the polls and back in.
Update: With Lattimore now suffering an apparent knee injury, the Gamecocks could further fall in the rankings with a big loss offensively.