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South Carolina Gamecocks Face Favorable Schedule

Jeff Blake, USA TODAY SPORTS

Jeff Blake, USA TODAY SPORTS

Fans of the South Carolina Gamecocks are hoping for big things in 2014. Despite significant losses, such as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw, the Gamecocks return a ton of talent and are expected to be contenders in the mighty Southeastern Conference.

The good news for Steve Spurrier and his team is that the schedule sets up very well for South Carolina this season. Most of the Gamecocks’ toughest games are at home, which should bode well for Spurrier’s 2014 squad.

South Carolina has home games against the Texas A&M Aggies (August 28), the Georgia Bulldogs (September 13), the Missouri Tigers (September 27) and the Tennessee Volunteers (November 1). On the road, the Gamecocks will face the Vanderbilt Commodores (September 20), the Kentucky Wildcats (October 4) and the Florida Gators (November 15).

The toughest two road games will be the October 25 visit to face the Auburn Tigers, and the regular season finale against South Carolina’s Palmetto State rivals, the Clemson Tigers on November 29.

If South Carolina can hold serve and win all of its home games, the road games appear manageable. Only the trip to Auburn should give Spurrier and his team trouble.

With Dylan Thompson at quarterback and Mike Davis at running back, the offense should have enough firepower to score points, which will allow the young defense to develop.

South Carolina has won the SEC East, has been to major bowl games, but has never won the SEC Championship. Spurrier hopes this is the year that can happen, and the schedule should not prevent the Gamecocks from making a run at the title.

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.