There is a low-voltage buzz in this town, a hum of expectation and excitement that comes with the optimism of football in the South.
South Carolina, which has never won a major bowl game, has been picked to repeat as SEC East champs. The Post came away from a visit here convinced Steve Spurrier has built a legitimate Top 25 power.
We also found five reasons why the Gamecocks could be the latest program to get to within a bird's eye view of the pinnacle of college football only to be carried off the mountain in a body bag.
Those five reasons, in no particular order, are:
1. Quarterback Stephen Garcia.