South Carolina Football: Gamecocks Go 5-0 in SEC East, Have Much to Celebrate

Alex RobertsCorrespondent INovember 13, 2011

Strike a pose.  Vogue.
Strike a pose. Vogue.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

So, it looks like Georgia will win the SEC East, barring a miracle game against Kentucky. 

Congrats to the Bulldogs on a great turnaround season and beating Auburn, a team that South Carolina couldn't beat at home. 

However, If I were a Georgia fan, I would be thanking my lucky stars, and wouldn't spend too much time crowing in a Gamecocks fan's direction. 

As it stands, the Gamecocks are 5-0 in the SEC East, and will finish with an undefeated division record for the first time. Yet, they may be sitting at home watching a team who is currently 3-1 (probably 4-1) playing in Atlanta. 

Is Georgia the best team in the East? Maybe. The Bulldogs turned it on against Auburn when it mattered most, and that is the freshest bit of info that rests in peoples' minds.

However, South Carolina not only beat Georgia, but beat Florida by more points (five-point win to Georgia's four), Tennessee (11 to eight), Vanderbilt (18 to three), and probably Kentucky by more. 

In fact, the most dominant either team has looked against SEC opposition was South Carolina's win over Kentucky, which was as one-sided an SEC matchup as we've seen this year.

South Carolina is STILL the most dominant eastern team against eastern teams. They key to Georgia's SEC East title?

Carolina played Arkansas, and Georgia played Ole Miss. Carolina dropped the ball against Auburn, when Stephen Garcia threw 27 interceptions in a loss, but SC did beat Georgia in head-to-head play.  So, you can't say Georgia is better than South Carolina this year. It didn't happen on the field.   

If the roles were reversed, SC would be strolling to Atlanta to get walloped by the western school (and don't fool yourselves, Georgia fans, that's going to happen). 

Either way, South Carolina has a lot to be proud of this year. Finishing 6-2 in the SEC for the first time is a huge step for the program, and finishing the season 10-3 or 11-2 is not out of the realm of possibility.

Steve Spurrier was extraordinarily happy about the win yesterday. The game was never in true question, as South Carolina played the way it has post-Lattimore, with great running and explosive defense. 

The team has an identity, and still has two big games left with Clemson and the bowl game coming around. 

East title or no, this is a good team, who fought through more injuries than I have ever seen to key players, plus the drama of a major dismissal and preseason conflict. 

It's great to be a Gamecock, now more than ever.