Look for Gamecocks to rule SEC East roost

There have been plenty of reasons for exchanging high-fives at Missouri this year. (Getty)

There have been plenty of reasons for exchanging high-fives at Missouri this year. (Getty)

Florida is out.

Georgia is out.

South Carolina (8-2, 6-2) is done.

Which means it’s all up to Missouri.

The eighth-ranked Tigers (9-1, 5-1) are in control of the SEC East, but they can’t slip the next two weeks against either No. 24 Ole Miss or No. 9 Texas A&M.

One loss and they’re done, and the SEC East would go to the 12th-ranked Gamecocks, who edged the Tigers 27-24 in that wild OT game on Oct. 26.

The Tigers have proven they can win big games. They have proven they can overcome adversity. They have proven they can win on the road.

That said, I don’t see Missouri winning both of its next two games.

Knocking off Ole Miss this weekend is doable, although the Rebels have won four straight, a streak that started with their upset of LSU a month ago.

Missouri was off Saturday and playing pretty well before the day of leisure, although the past two wins have been blowouts of Tennessee and Kentucky.

Let’s say Missouri wins that one, it’s the season-ending game vs. Texas A&M that could prove to be the problem and open the door for the Gamecocks.

We all know about Johnny Manziel and his ability to damage any defense. If he gets going and Mike Evans again proves to be uncoverable (not really a word, but fits him perfectly), the Aggies will win and ruin Missouri’s dreams.

Which means South Carolina, which finishes with Coastal Carolina and Clemson, will play the Iron Bowl winner — more on that game later this week — for the SEC title.

Missouri has had an incredible season. It won’t come with a trip to Atlanta.

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[...] Look for Gamecocks to rule SEC East roost [...]


November 24th, 2013
11:26 pm

Carolina rule the SEC East? Must be comedy hour on here….

[...] Look for Gamecocks to rule SEC East roost [...]

Randy Henderson

November 22nd, 2013
12:30 pm

South Carolina will dominate the SEC East for years to come!


November 20th, 2013
2:03 pm

Gurley would be riding the pine if he was at Bama.


November 19th, 2013
3:11 pm

IMO, Gurley is by far the Best RB in the SEC and not too far in the country. Dude is a Beast when healthy. He will be better RB in the NFL. Power and Speed is the Key.

Johnny Boy is the SEC top QB follow by Bama and UGA boys.

Evan is the top WR.
Sam is the top defender.

Coach of the year goes to Gus M.

Not sure who get the Freshmen award. Too many of them.


November 19th, 2013
2:56 pm

@bill starr,

Exactly my point. What do you think the Atlanta market is? Also, there are no good running backs in the NY or Boston markets. Gurley’s a good running back – the posts were in response to someone on here repeating stuff that you see in the AJC or on the SEC (ESPN) channel all the time. Again, if you move around out there, you will hear other back’s names just as much.

Is he valuable to UGAG? Yes, but I hope that you are not implying that if Gurley plays, UGAG wins? I think he has been around for a few losses and he will be around for a few more before his career is over. I doubt that he will be at the Heisman awards presentation.