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Spurrier holding out a "little hope" Kentucky upsets Georgia

Published: Nov. 13, 2011 at 11:19 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC) finished up SEC play Saturday by defeating the Florida Gators for the second year in a row, securing a sweep of all Eastern Conference rivals, and compiling a 6-2 conference record.

But all those accolades still might not be enough to put USC in the SEC Championship game in December.

Right now, the Georgia Bulldogs (8-2, 6-1 SEC) are in the driver's seat in the SEC East. If they defeat the Kentucky Wildcats (4-6, 1-5 SEC) on Saturday, the Bulldogs will be representing the East in Atlanta this year.

Despite the long odds Kentucky provides the Gamecocks with the upset, coach Steve Spurrier is still holding out hope.

"We'll hold out a little hope, but Georgia is playing awfully well now," said Spurrier in Sunday's conference call. "You always have some hope. That's a game we have no control over, so we're not going to worry about it."

If Georgia loses to Kentucky, the Bulldogs will have a tied conference record against the Gamecocks. However, due to the fact the Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs earlier in the season, South Carolina holds the tiebreaker over Georgia. That tiebreaker would put South Carolina in Atlanta to face a foe from the West.

Spurrier also talked about an incident Brandon Wilds described after Saturday's game where he told media the Head Ball Coach choked up a little following the victory.

"I just started talking just briefly about what I told you guys about one of my buddies saying, 'You're crazy, you can't win at South Carolina. Florida has beaten them 13 straight years. We're 1-12 against Tennessee since joining the conference.' He said, 'You're going to end up like all the other coaches up there and end up .500 or worse and either quit or get fired. It's not going to work out. It's too difficult up there," said Spurrier. "So I got a little emotional thinking about that seven years ago."

The Gamecocks will face The Citadel on Saturday. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on pay-per-view.

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