Experts’ predictions for the Gamecocks

July 31, 2013 

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

CBS Sports college football experts have included South Carolina in several of their preseason predictions.

Tony Barnhart

Defensive Player of the year: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. One of the best athletes to ever play the position. DE Lorenzo Ward says Clowney cannot be blocked when he doesn't want to be blocked.

Coach of the Year: Steve Spurrier, South Carolina. The Head Ball coach finally has a schedule with no LSU or Alabama. He has beaten Georgia three straight years.

Dennis Dodd

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina. Are you kidding? Asked how he would defend himself, JD said, “You got to grab and hold on.”

Bruce Feldman

Defensive Player of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Most dominant defender we've seen in more than a generation. Even double-teams don't stop him.

Bold conference prediction: In 2013, for the first time ever, a defensive lineman will win the Heisman. Jadeveon Clowney is that special and the era of social media and 24-hour sports news cycle will help keep people buzzing about him.

Jeremy Fowler

Coach of the Year: South Carolina's Steve Spurrier. Despite back-to-back seasons of 10 or more wins, Spurrier is still waiting to do one thing at South Carolina: Win an SEC title. With a manageable schedule and plenty of talent at several key spots, he might do just that.

Bold conference prediction: In the end Steve Spurrier will get his first SEC title in Columbia.

Odds makers like USC third overall in SEC

South Carolina is the third favorite at 9/2 to win the SEC Championship, according to the online bookmakers at Bovada.co.

Alabama is favored at 1/1, even money. Next comes Georgia at 7/2.

Other odds to win the SEC Football Championship: Texas A&M 15/2, Florida 9/1, LSU 9/1, Ole Miss 33/1, Tennessee 50/1, Vanderbilt 50/1, Missouri 66/1, Arkansas 75/1, Auburn 75/1, Mississippi State 75/1 and Kentucky 100/1.

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