Is It SEC Title or Bust for South Carolina Gamecocks?

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In nine years with the South Carolina Gamecocks, Steve Spurrier may have outdone himself.

Winning at Duke and turning Florida into a national powerhouse are pretty good accomplishments, but three straight 11 win seasons and Top 10 finishes at a place like South Carolina is amazing.

He’s turned the program into a powerhouse with fans expecting an SEC title every year, despite that being something that still has never happened in Columbia. But this year, with returning starters all over the field, Gamecocks fans are legitimately psyched that this is the best chance they have to break through and finally win the SEC.

Of course, this would have happened last year had South Carolina not blown a game to unranked Tennessee in which Spurrier outcoached himself, a bad habit he has at least once a year.

Nov 23, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier directs his team against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY

But despite so much returning talent, South Carolina has some key players it will have lots of trouble replacing, starting with No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney at defensive end and Connor Shaw at quarterback. It’s not all roses for them just yet.

However, there is a lot of talent and experience all over the field, and the Gamecocks are still under the leadership of a member of the Mount Rushmore of SEC Coaches. How far they go this year, whether it be winning the SEC East, SEC Championship, or, however unlikely, the national championship, will rest on Spurrier. Continue to Next Slide for Offense

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