Georgia Bulldogs: SEC East Power Rankings, Week 7

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Oct 10, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs for an 87-yard touchdown during the third quarter of a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The end is near for the Steve Spurrier Era in Columbia, as his South Carolina Gamecocks are 0-4 in SEC Play entering Week 7’s home game versus the Vanderbilt Commodores. Columbia, and much of the South Carolina, experienced horrific flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin, forcing USC to play a home game in Death Valley.

Looking at the rest of the 2015 schedule for the Gamecocks, I can’t see them winning three of their next four games (Vanderbilt, @Texas A&M, @Tennessee, Florida). That is what it will take for USC to make a bowl game with a 6-6 record. They’re not beating Clemson, period. They may go 0-for in SEC play this year and finish with a 3-9 (0-8) 2015 Regular Season record. That could be the end of the Steve Spurrier Era in Columbia. South Carolina will play Vanderbilt at 4 PM ET on the SEC Network on Saturday.

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Oct 3, 2015; Murfreesboro, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores running back Ralph Webb (7) rushes to score the winning touchdown against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the second half at Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium. Vanderbilt won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt might actually be figuring some stuff out in 2015. I don’t think they’re a bowl bound team in 2015, but I think they can go 4-8, possibly 5-7 this season. It sounds a little weird, but I could see this Vanderbilt team go 3-5 in SEC play and reach bowl eligibility.

I like Vanderbilt to beat South Carolina in Week 7. Should the ‘Dores go 3-3 in their final six games, they’re going to a bowl game. The defense is getting better under HC Derek Mason. The running game of RB Ralph Webb is sound. Should QB Johnny McCrary grow and limit his turnovers, VU could potentially make a bowl.

Realistically, I think they’re a 5-7 team this year at best. Progress is progress in the Music City. Vanderbilt travels to South Carolina for a 4 PM ET kickoff on the SEC Network.

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