Who's that guy leading SEC East? Yep, it's Steve Spurrier

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Look who's first in the Southeastern Conference. Yep, it's the ol' ball coach.

Steve Spurrier has South Carolina on top of the East Division standings and may be ready to contend for an SEC title after winning all those championships at Florida.

Of course, the season is only 2 weeks old. The Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) still have plenty of tough games left, including the defending national champion Gators -- the very team that Spurrier led to six conference titles in a dozen years before his ill-fated move to the NFL.

But this much sounds familiar: a Spurrier-coached team knocking off Georgia, the victim of a 16-12 upset last night that sets an early tone in the conference race.

With the win, South Carolina surged into The Associated Press rankings, claiming to the 17th spot. Georgia (1-1, 0-1) tumbled 12 spots to No. 23 and must dig out of an early hole to contend for its third SEC title in six years.

Spurrier tried to downplay his latest win over Georgia. Of course, he couldn't resist one little dig at the Bulldogs.

He said, "I guess I have won two out of three here." He clearly was savoring another victory between the hedges in Sanford Stadium.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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