Early point spreads for the 2013 Gamecock season have been released. The South Carolina Gamecocks have been listed as early favorites in every game but on for the upcoming season. The only game that the Gamecocks have not been listed as a favorite is their road trip to Athens, where they will face the Georgia Bulldogs in week 2. South Carolina fans should be encouraged that the Gamecocks are finally getting the respect that many believe has been a long time coming.
The Gamecock offense will be led by the dual quarterback system of Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson. Shaw definitely has more experience and he is a proven winner. Meanwhile, Dylan Thompson has proven to head coach Steve Spurrier as well as Gamecock faithful everywhere that he can be relied on to take care of business for the Gamecocks and win games. Together, Shaw and Thompson have compiled a combined record of 19-3.
It should go without saying, but the anchor and driving force of the Gamecock defense will be Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney enters the year as a favorite from the SEC to win the Heisman trophy. If Jadeveon Clowney were to win the Heisman trophy, he would be the first player to win the prestigious award as a purley defensive player. As an All-American, Clowney has his eyes set on the single-season sack record, 27 sacks set by the Crimson Tide’s Derrick Thomas, as a national championship. If Clowney has his way, the Gamecocks will find a way to terrorize opposing teams quarterbacks in an effort to rack up another spectacular season.
South Carolina will start their campaign for a special season August 29, 2013, when the Tar Heels pay a visit to Williams-Brice Stadium.