The scenario: How USC can win the SEC East

October 21, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Ahmad Christian (4) celebrates a stop with teammate safety Brison Williams (12) in the first quarter at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN, Saturday, October 19, 2013.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

Three things that must happen for USC to finish in a two-team tie with Missouri for the SEC East title, which the Gamecocks would win in a head-to-head tiebreaker.

1. WIN REMAINING FINAL SEC GAMES

The Gamecocks need to win their remaining conference games, starting against Missouri on Saturday. It’s the last road game for USC. Home conference games remain against Mississippi State (Nov. 2) and Florida (Nov. 16).

2. MISSOURI LOSES TWICE

Missouri must lose two games, including the game against the Gamecocks. A second loss for the Tigers could come in their final two games — Nov. 23 at Mississippi, and Nov. 30 against Texas A&M.

3. GEORGIA LOSES ONCE

Georgia has to lose once, and games against Florida and No. 11 Auburn in November are possibilities. Missouri would win a three-way tie with the Gamecocks and Bulldogs because of a better division record.

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