Sports Illustrated: Maybe we had it wrong neglecting Gamecocks as sleeper team

Many weren’t sure how Will Muschamp’s second season at South Carolina would start with a tough test against an ACC foe right out of the gates before diving straight into a road SEC matchup.

Well, the Gamecocks passed the first challenge by taking down NC State, 35-28, while serving up some more juice to its Kool-Aid-drinking Columbia fan base.

On Sunday, Sports Illustrated named South Carolina one of its five Week 1 surprise teams that showed they deserve more respect. Chris Johnson adds: “Maybe we had it all wrong in neglecting the Gamecocks as a sleeper team.”

The piece applauds the win over the Wolfpack, a team that some felt would push Florida State and Clemson in the ACC Atlantic.

“Will Muschamp didn’t inherit a roster that was ready to aim for anything more than lower-level bowl games last season, even in the SEC’s weaker division, but with Florida still looking for answers on offense, perhaps South Carolina could push Georgia or whoever else emerges for the right to get pummeled by Alabama in the conference championship game,” Johnson writes.

Obviously, South Carolina fans won’t take too kindly to that last sentence.

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