If South Carolina dominates the SEC East this fall the way it has dominated the summer prognostications, it’ll be another historic season in Columbia.
Another preseason poll came out this week and listed the Gamecocks as the favorite to win the SEC East -- and the overwhelming favorite. The Birmingham News annual post-spring predictions -- as voted on by the conference’s 12 sports information directors -- have South Carolina as the unanimous choice to win the division for the second straight season.
The Gamecocks received five first-place votes in the division (SIDs were not allowed to vote for their own team), but none of the voters picked USC to win the overall conference championship. In fact, only two schools -- Alabama and LSU -- received votes to win the SEC title game on Dec. 3 in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide received 10 of the 12 votes.
In the final voting, the Gamecocks were picked as the conference’s third-strongest team. Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, respectively, rounded out the SEC East voting.
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South Carolina, which won its first SEC divisional title last year and finished 9-5, returns 100 percent of its passing yards, 81 percent of its rushing yards, 79 percent of his receiving yards, 73 percent of its tackles and 79 percent of its sacks from last year’s team.