Although both teams have 5-3 conference records, Spurrier is being hailed as a hero in Columbia while Meyer has some explaining to do in Gainesville. "Three losses in the SEC? Obviously we need to do better than that," Meyer said. The Gamecocks, meanwhile have a school-record five straight SEC wins, an almost certain bowl berth (for the first time since the 2001 season) and the sense that with Spurrier, nothing is impossible. "It's more fun when your team is not a dominating team," Spurrier said. "It's neat the way our guys are winning. We are defying logic."
South Carolina is not a dominating team, but this year no one in the SEC is. The conference is full of flawed but tough-minded squads that, as Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville says, "don't have any give-up." That might not make for the strongest conference, but it does make for a deliciously unpredictable one, which is why Georgia and LSU, the teams most likely to meet in the conference title game on Dec. 3 in the Georgia Dome, had better watch their step. Last Saturday was the wildest day of the season in the SEC. So far.