This doesn't surprise me, because playing in the SEC really does carry significant weight when it comes to team hype. However, the closeness of the spread shows what I have been thinking this entire time.
These two teams are very closely matched and almost mirror each other in terms of style.
South Carolina's offensive numbers are deceiving. The first few Marcus Lattimore and Stephen Garcia games were really rough, but the numbers improved as the offense found an identity.
This should be a great bowl game and a good opportunity for South Carolina to get the bowl-game monkey off of their backs!
Nebraska will obviously pose a stiff threat. They run another version of the option offense, which South Carolina struggled against with Navy and The Citadel. Hopefully, those two games will have prepared South Carolina for a much more physical Nebraska team.
Steve Spurrier has a bit of a personal vendetta against Nebraska, as they gave him the most hideous bowl loss of his career in 1994.
Steve has stated that he will buy the Gamecock players 11-win rings for setting the all-time school win record if they win.
I think that is a great idea.
It's great to be a Gamecock!