Jeremy Brevard- USA TODAY SPORTS
(WLTX) - According to CBS Sports, the Gamecocks are going to be one of the top contenders for the National title--if they can get past a few members of their own conference.
In advance of the coming season, CBSSports.com released its preseason top 25, and placed the Gamecocks at number eight.
USC is led by junior quarterback Conner Shaw, junior running back Marcus Lattimore, and young defensive star Jadeveon Clowney.
While the Gamecocks are ranked eighth overall, they're only fourth among SEC teams, behind LSU (1st), Alabama (2nd), and Georgia (6th).
USC will have a chance to prove that prognostication wrong, as the Gamecocks play both LSU and Georgia during the regular season.
The Gamecocks preseason practice begins Friday.
CBSSports.com Preseason Top 25:
7. Florida State
8. South Carolina
10. West Virginia
14. Michigan State
15. Ohio State
18. Virginia Tech
19. Oklahoma State
22. Kansas State
25. Boise State