South Carolina ranked by positions Quarterbacks - 21 Running Backs - 36 Receivers - 19 Offensive Line - Not ranked in top 56 Defensive Line - 18 Linebackers - 39 Defensive Backs - 35 Special Teams - 17 Will Muschamp had perhaps the least talented team in the East in 2016 yet got to a bowl. Last year South Carolina was -16.5 ypg in SEC play yet got to 2nd place in the East at 5-3 and got to 9 wins overall despite losing his top playmaker WR/KR Deebo Samuel after 3 starts and top RB after 4 starts. This is Muschamp’s most talented team yet and I look for significant improvement in the ypg. SC hosts Georgia week 2 as a weaker SC team played a stronger Georgia team tough on the road last year. It would not surprise me if Muschamp surpassed my expectations once again. South Carolina had their first losing season since 2003 in 2015. In '16 with a young team they had low expectations but did rate a +6.0 on my Stock Market Indicator and had 4 net close losses in '15 (pg 24). Muschamp did a great job guiding them to a bowl. In 2017 the Gamecocks went from #108 on my Experience Chart in 2016 to #26. Muschamp got them beyond expectations once again at 9-4 with a bowl win over Michigan, despite some untimely injuries like losing their top RB and WR for most of the year. South Carolina is 50-14 in their last 64 home games. This year SC has 14 ret starters and could be potent on offense. They are #29 on my Exp Chart. Signs pointing down are they had +4 Net Close Wins in '17, +4 Net Upsets and +11 in TO's and rate a -4.5 in my Stock Market Indicator. Muschamp is recruiting on a higher level than Spurrier did in his later years here, and this is a very experienced team that gets WR Samuel and RB Dowdle back. SC will be a legitimate player in the East and gets a key game vs Georgia week 2. This is Muschamp's best team yet here.