College Football Countdown: 46 Days Until South Carolina Gamecocks Kickoff

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Today there are 46 days until kickoff.

46 - 12 is South Carolina's record under Steve Spurrier when the Gamecocks rush for 100 or more yards as a team.  They are only 9-23 when they are held under 100 yards. 

When they hold their opponent under 100 yards, USC is 26-3 under Coach Spurrier.

With few exceptions you have to run the ball to be successful in the SEC. 

Those stats showing the sharp disparity that occurs when the 100 yard bench mark isn't reached should be a clear reminder for how important that part of the game is. 

South Carolina's recent success on the ground is due to the running back corps and Marcus Lattimore, but Connor Shaw is a factor both by threatening to pass and running, but none of that would be possible had USC not recruited the o-line well. 

That recruitment includes the luring of Shawn Elliott to Columbia to coach the offensive line.

Get more great South Carolina sports analysis over at Leftover Hot Dog.