Week 5 SEC Power Rankings

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Sep 20, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks safety Brison Williams (12) celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

7. South Carolina Gamecocks (3-1, 1-0 SEC)

Last Week’s Result: Beat Vanderbilt 48-34

The setup was perfect for a let down. After a major win at home over the SEC East favorite Georgia Bulldogs, South Carolina went on the road for the first time to play cellar dweller Vanderbilt. Things couldn’t have started worse for the Gamecocks as they allowed Darrius Sims to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown – the first of his two scores.

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However, the better team came out on top and South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier won his 292nd career game, which broke a second place tie with Vince Dooley among the winningest coaches in SEC history.

Dylan Thompson led the way for the Gamecocks on offense with 237 passing yards and three touchdown passes and one on the ground. Mike Davis – the All-SEC caliber running back – added 82 rushing yards on 17 carries.

South Carolina could have been looking ahead to newt week’s game against a quality Missouri team. But it appears that the Tigers were either also looking ahead, or are not as good a team as they appeared.


Next Week: vs. Missouri