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CFB Analyst Names SEC "Dark Horse" For 2018

General view of Williams-Brice Stadium.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2018 college football season will begin in less than four months. We can't wait.

The SEC looks just as loaded as usual in 2018. Alabama is Alabama, Auburn seems poised for another strong season and Georgia is a national title contender again.

That's not all either. Mississippi State and Texas A&M are trendy under-the-radar picks and Florida has enhanced expectations under new head coach Dan Mullen.

South Carolina is another intriguing team. The Gamecocks have made back-to-back bowl games under Will Muschamp and beat Michigan in last year's Outback Bowl to achieve nine wins.

USA TODAY's Paul Myerberg is pretty high on South Carolina. He named them a conference dark horse this past week.

Here's what Myerberg had to say:

An outright conference title seems a bit out of the Gamecocks’ reach, but getting back to nine wins and finding a home in the Top 25 seems possible, if not probable.

South Carolina hasn't reached double-digit wins since doing it three-straight years from 2011-13. Can they do it again this year?

The Gamecocks open up the 2018 season at home against Coastal Carolina on Sept. 1.