Pre-Season SEC Power Rankings

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Nov 23, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) calls the play at the line against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY

4. South Carolina

Last Season: 11-2 (6-2)

The Good: Simply, the offense. The offensive line is one of the best in the nation, as is running back Mike Davis. There are plenty of receivers to throw to, and if you’re going to start a first year quarterback, it would be very difficult to find a more experienced one than Dylan Thompson.

The Bad: Talent returns on the defensive line, especially at defensive tackle, but it will be very difficult to replace two All-Americans in Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles. One was the first overall pick in the NFL Draft, while the other had 9.5 sacks.

The Ugly: Under Steve Spurrier, the Gamecocks have actually been known more for their defense than their offense. That could change this season, especially with a South Carolina secondary that is paper-thin. There is talent, but not much expertise. Senior Brison Williams could be forced to play cornerback instead of his natural safety spot, unless the Head Ball Coach and his staff determine a true freshman would be a better fit.

Position-By-Position Ranking (Out of 14 SEC Teams)

Quarterbacks – 7th

Running Backs – 4th

Wide Receivers – 4th

Tight Ends – 2nd

Tackles – 1st

Guards – 1st

Centers – 10th

Total Offense – 3rd

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Defensive Ends – 11th

Defensive Tackles – 3rd

Outside Linebackers – 2nd

Inside Linebackers – 8th

Cornerbacks – 10th

Safeties – 12th

Total Defense – 8th

Kickers – 2nd

Punters – 7th

Kick Returners – 4th

Punt Returners – 4th

Head Coach – 2nd

Offensive Coordinator/Play-Caller – 5th

Defensive Coordinator/Play-Caller – 5th

Experience – 3rd

Schedule – 8th