SEC Power Rankings: Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia All in the Title Hunt

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January 1,2013; Tampa, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end

Jadeveon Clowney

(7) rushes as Michigan Wolverines quarterback

Devin Gardner

(12) throws the ball during the second half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. South Carolina won 33-28. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Last Season: 11-2 (6-2)

Key Addition: Jadeveon Clowney

Key Word: Jadeveon Clowney


Jadeveon Clowney, Jadeveon Clowney, Jadeveon Clowney. Jadeveon Clowney? Jadeveon Clowney. Jadeveon Clowney!

While, yes, the South Carolina Gamecocks are more than just Jadeveon Clowney, they are Jadeveon Clowney.

The best college football player in the nation will give any team an advantage, but when you pair that player up with other elite talents such as Connor Shaw and Bruce Ellington. People feel running back Mike Davis will join that group very quickly this season.

South Carolina has an abundance of talent and an Alabama-LSU-Texas A&M-less schedule. The key will be for the Gamecocks to be at full speed by week two when they play Georgia on the road. A win there and USC could cruise to an SEC East title.