The Gamecocks have had their eyes set on the SEC East all season long. They once controlled their own destiny in the quest for a championship but now must hope for some help from one of their enemies.
South Carolina's loss to Arkansas over the weekend propelled Georgia to the front of the SEC East race and likely will play a role in the Gamecocks bowl game this postseason.
This will be the eighth straight year that South Carolina has been bowl eligible dating back to the 2004 season—the last of the Lou Holtz era. The Gamecocks declined a bowl bid that year due to the fight with the Clemson Tigers, but it was the start of a new run in South Carolina football history.
Steve Spurrier has guided the Gamecocks to five bowl games in six years as the South Carolina head football coach and will have his Gamecocks in another bowl game after the 2011 season.
There appear to be a few different options for the Gamecocks at this time, so let's run through a few different scenarios for South Carolina for bowl projections in 2011.