SEC Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 13, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Damiere Byrd (1) and safety T.J. Gurley (20) celebrate a clinching first down against the Georgia Bulldogs in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Last Week’s Result: Beat Georgia 38-35

It’s hard to believe that a game in Week 3 could be considered a “must win,” but for the South Carolina Gamecocks to have any realistic shot at the SEC East title, they had to find a way to beat the Georgia Bulldogs. With the help of two Marshall Morgan missed field goals – after the All-SEC performer set a new conference record with 20 consecutive conversions – the Gamecocks did exactly that.

Dylan Thompson played a great game. The senior quarterback made one bad throw – an interception that gave the Bulldogs a first-and-goal in the fourth quarter with a chance to take the lead – but he completed 21 of 30 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns.

With Mike Davis hobbled with an ankle injury, Brandon Wilds carried the load for South Carolina at the end of the game for the win. Wilds had 93 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Davis added 66 yards on 17 attempts.

Next Week: at Vanderbilt