For the second season in a row, I get the pleasure of writing a piece titled "Five keys to an SEC East Championship".
As a Gamecock fan, it feels good. Really good, considering our history. However, it could feel a whole lot better.
Florida was going to be a really easy matchup for South Carolina, until the injury bug/lion/typhoon of destruction washed over the team.
Now, I am keeping my fingers crossed that unknown players will step up and continue fighting for the program.
If you would have told me at the beginning of the season that we would lose Marcus Lattimore, Stephen Garcia, Kyle Nunn, Devonte Holloman, Akeem Aguste, Antonio Allen, Damiere Byrd, Bruce Ellington, and Connor Shaw for all or some of the season, and we would still be 7-2, I would have called you crazy.
Now, this season will always be a season of what ifs. That can all be changed with a magical Saturday of football, with a little help from some Alabama brethren.
Here are the five keys to a Gamecock victory over Florida.