It may seem that the South Carolina Gamecocks have absolutely no chance at winning the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. However, that is most certainly not the case. In fact, the Gamecocks are squarely in the mix in the wild division race.
South Carolina kept itself in contention on Saturday by beating the Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-16 in Columbia. After falling behind 7-0, South Carolina scored 34 of the next 37 points to put the game away. Connor Shaw threw for only 147 yards, but he did have four touchdown passes, including two to Shaq Roland.
By winning this game, South Carolina remained just one game behind the Missouri Tigers in the SEC East race. If South Carolina and Missouri end up in a two-way tie, South Carolina would get the bid to the SEC Championship game due to the Gamecocks’ victory over the Tigers two weeks ago.
The season has seemingly been full of turmoil for the Gamecocks. Shaw has suffered multiple injuries, and it appeared that he would be out of action for several weeks. However, he has been able to play through the pain, and even play well with the pain. Just ask Missouri, who watched Shaw rally his team from behind in the fourth quarter to end the Tigers’ undefeated season.
There has also been the Jadeveon Clowney situation, where Clowney took himself out of action against the Kentucky Wildcats to rest his sore ribs. Many questioned Clowney’s dedication to the team at that point, although he has played well since returning.
While it may seem that South Carolina is an afterthought in the SEC East race, the Gamecocks are clearly in contention. And with Steve Spurrier on the sidelines, that’s no surprise.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.