South Carolina's offensive upgrade

Known for defense, Gamecocks' O could fuel division title run in 2013

Updated: October 14, 2013, 1:06 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Mike DavisStacy Revere/Getty ImagesMike Davis has rushed for 742 yards and nine TDs this season for the Gamecocks.

For many years, defense has been the calling card of the SEC. But the 2013 season has seemingly changed that distinction, as evidenced by the Alabama-Texas A&M shootout back in Week 3.

You would think that this would favor teams such as the Crimson Tide and Aggies as well as strong offensive units such as Georgia, LSU and Missouri.

Up until this season, that type of movement probably would not have favored the South Carolina Gamecocks. However, things have changed in Columbia in 2013.

Over the past several seasons, Steve Spurrier's teams had become much more known for their defensive capabilities, yet a detailed look at the Gamecocks' game tape and metrics from this campaign indicates that this team has one of the most complete offenses in the SEC, likely the best of Spurrier's Gamecocks tenure and one that could potentially lead it to the SEC East title and a shot at the conference crown.