- Travis Haney, ESPN Insider
From May 27-July 3, Insider's college football experts will preview the season for the 25 teams with the best chance to make the inaugural College Football Playoff, based off of Brian Fremeau's post-spring projections. This is the entry for South Carolina Gamecocks.
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Projected finish: 10-2 (6-2)
Chance to make playoff: 17 percent
Chance to win the SEC: 20 percent
Toughest games: Sept. 13 vs. Georgia (71 percent chance of winning), Oct. 25 at Auburn (48 percent), Nov. 29 at Clemson (63 percent)
Why they will make the playoff ...
1. The best running backs in the Spurrier era
Is he a Heisman guy? Maybe. Is he the key to the offense and, therefore, the team's success? Absolutely.
Davis, who checks in at 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, has to improve his durability. In 2013, he carried for 100 or more yards in six of the team's first seven games, but hit the century mark just once thereafter. And that was while averaging a reasonable 17 carries in 12 games played.
With a favorable schedule, a great running back and a chance at the SEC East title, South Carolina has a good chance to make the College Football Playoff, writes Travis Haney.