Joined The Augusta Chronicle in 1996 after spending nine years at The Aiken Standard. Served as copy editor, South Carolina bureau chief and Metro Editor before being named Sports Editor in April 2000.
Posted October 10, 2010 09:26 am - Updated October 11, 2010 09:22 pm

How far can Gamecocks go?

South Carolina is riding high a day after knocking off No. 1 Alabama.

Now, the conversation has changed. How far can these Gamecocks go?

If South Carolina wins the rest of its Southeastern Conference games, it will win the East and secure a place in the conference championship game. A rematch with Alabama or Auburn, which handed the Gamecocks their only loss, seems likely.

But Gamecock fans know the road to Atlanta is filled with obstacles. South Carolina plays at Kentucky, and Auburn needed a last-second field goal to beat the Wildcats on Saturday night.

I'm sure strains of "Anchors Aweigh" are playing in the heads of some Gamecocks fans as they remember how Navy scuttled their best season in 1984. That loss came a week after South Carolina knocked off Florida State in the previous biggest game in school history.

Another road game at Vanderbilt follows, the the Gamecocks return for home games against Tennessee and Arkansas.

The Nov. 13 game at Florida is shaping up as the one South Carolina would most likely need to secure the SEC East, but that's a long way off.  As we know, anything can happen in college football.

For once, though, South Carolina controls its own destiny. The Gamecocks should shoot up in the national polls today, and victories will do nothing but inch them up the ladder from this point out.

Will these Gamecocks turn out to be something special? Or will the ghosts of the past (Navy in 1984, Georgia Tech in 1988, Vanderbilt in 2007) come back to haunt them?

Stay tuned.