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.

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knighttime 10/10/10 - 10:00 am
go gamecocks....

go gamecocks....

Scott Michaux
Scott Michaux 10/10/10 - 11:14 am
You are writing off the

You are writing off the chances of LSU and Arkansas in the West? That division is not even remotely settled. Gamecocks and fans need to avoid getting ahead of themselves and take this -- as coaches always say -- one day at a time.

John Boyette
John Boyette 10/10/10 - 12:22 pm
No, but I think Alabama and

No, but I think Alabama and Auburn are the cream of the SEC West. LSU can't be that lucky the rest of the year, and Arkansas has already lost to Bama. Trust me, there's a long way to go.

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