No matter how well you expect the Gamecocks to perform this season, the idea of Carolina winning a National Championship seems a bit far-fetched. Although many expect this seemingly much improved South Carolina team to win several big games, the idea of winning a National Championship should be entirely out of the picture.
A Cinderella championship season hasn’t occurred since the 80s. Or has it?
In 2010 the Auburn Tigers, sitting in a very similar situation as South Carolina, did the unthinkable. The Tigers were coming off an 8-5 record (one win better than Carolina) a 3-5 SEC record (the same as Carolina) and were ranked to finish in the middle of the pack at best in the SEC West. Sound familiar?
Similar to South Carolina with Shane Beamer, the 2010 season would mark Gene Chizik’s 2nd season with Auburn. His first Season with the Tigers drew attention, as Auburn couldn’t even make a bowl game prior to his arrival. Obviously, the rest is history.
Although most expected further improvement from Chizik’s 8-5 (3-5 SEC) record in 2010, hardly any were expecting him to win a Championship. Could Beamer Possibly make the same jump this season?
Auburn also added transfer Quarterback Cam Newton in 2010 for his only season with the Auburn Tigers. Similar to what many are expecting from Spencer Rattler for his 2022 season with the Gamecocks.
Newton finished his short career at Auburn with the Heisman Trophy, AP college football player of the year award, first-team All-American, SEC Championship MVP, and several other prestigious awards. Newton is often brought up as one of the best college football players of all time.
Is this the year Rattler does the same?
Overall, Auburn’s 2010 football season was a Cinderella to say the least. Auburn had several weapons on both sides of the ball at the beginning of the season, but many players had not fully developed or had a chance to play in an Auburn uniform.
Much like South Carolina who have added and are returning several talented players to their roster, who will have their chance to make a name for themselves this season. I would argue that if the majority of these players for Carolina have breakout seasons, along with Spencer Rattler playing like the best player in College Football, they can really make a case.
With that being said, this idea does not leave me expecting a championship for South Carolina this season. However, it does tell me that anything is possible. Auburn started their season out in a very similar position as South Carolina, and they worked their way to a Championship in the BCS era (only #1 and #2 play for a championship. No playoffs).
Anything can happen, so don’t completely count the Gamecocks out.