Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas
By STEVE EUBANKS  |  Last updated 10/30/13

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10: Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks looks at the scoreboard before their game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
There are up-and-down, Jekyll-and-Hyde football teams ... and then there is the 2013 South Carolina Gamecocks, a team so schizophrenic that its coach, Steve Spurrier, looked as though hed given up on it three times this year before it finally clawed back into contention in the SEC East. Now, after a thrilling overtime win against Missouri, the Gamecocks have an opportunity to win the division and play in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 7 a game Spurrier felt confident his team would play in when, back in the summer, he seemed to wear a perpetual smile and said things like I like this team; I like our chances. But by mid-October he seemed to have given up hope, especially after the Gamecocks fell to rebuilding Tennessee. Seems like we always get penalties on kickoff returns and punt returns. Our guys cant play by the rules, Spurrier said, one of many laments he offered up after the loss in Neyland Stadium. We didnt play well offensively at all. We had, what, 22 passes. We sure ...
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