Surprisingly, he’s a little down on the ‘Cocks, ranking them 23rd. Honestly, it’s a little hard to see why, at least from a talent standpoint. But I’m wondering if he sees SC’s 2011 season as a bit of an overachievement, based on a few items he mentions:
- Garcia, in 2009, was the first and only of Spurrier’s South Carolina quarterbacks to start for an entire season.
- Last year, South Carolina started out 7-1 and ranked #10 but hadn’t scored first in any of the 8 games.
- Last season marked only the third time in 118 years that the Gamecocks recorded double-digit wins.
Add to that SC only returns 11 starters and you may have an explanation for his ranking. If Lattimore’s healthy, I think Steele’s on the low side there.