2001 RECORD: 9-3 (5-3, T3 in SEC East)
FINAL RANKING: No. 13 AP, No. 13 coaches' pol
Gamecocks games decided by five points or fewer. They won five of those, including a 31-28 Outback Bowl win over Ohio State.
An opposing coach's view
A wide array of sets forces opponents to be flexible
"They are a spread-out, ball-control passing team, with occasional vertical plays and power runs.... They lost a good deal on defense. They're pretty good up front. I was very impressed with noseguard Langston Moore. He's broad, a little squatty, a good leverage player with good lateral quickness.... The tailback, Ryan Brewer, gives them the versatility to go with a two-back or a four-wide-receiver formation without changing personnel. Opposing defenses have to be especially flexible to adjust."
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