By: Laura Kuhen and Jordan Michael
Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 3:00 p.m.
A heart-breaking loss to Kentucky aside, USC head coach Steve Spurrier knows his Gamecocks still have a chance at the Southeastern Conference championship.
"We're in the hunt for the Eastern division," Spurrier said during his weekly press conference Tuesday. "But we can't continue playing the way we've been playing and expect to win it."
The Gamecocks fell to 2-2 in the SEC's Eastern Division with Saturday's loss to the Wildcats. Despite that record, the Gamecocks lead the bracket after Florida's stunning 10-7 loss to Mississippi State in Gainesville.
"They're still in the hunt in the east. Everyone is in the hunt just about," Spurrier said. "Vanderbilt is still in the hunt. In the conference they're 1-2. They only have two losses. Most of us have just played four games. A few have played five, but it's pretty much wide open. We have a chance if we can go play ball."
The Gamecocks will play those Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday. USC is looking to snap a seven-game road losing streak and win its second straight game over Vandy.
"Regardless of the record, we always have a tough time with Vanderbilt the last three or four years. We were fortunate to beat them last year 14-10," Spurrier said. "The year before that they beat us in Nashville. We're expecting a tough, down to the wire game. We're trying to move on from last year."
Carolina will likely have to beat the Commodores without star running back Marcus Lattimore, who went down in the second half against Kentucky with an ankle bruise. Reserve tailback Kenny Miles is expecting to start in his place.
"Kenny is fired up," Spurrier said. "Coach (Jay) Graham and I talked and said lets give Kenny a chance."
Kickoff between South Carolina and Vanderbilt is set for 7:00 p.m. in Nashville.
To watch Spurrier's press conference Tuesday, Click Here.