South Carolina Football: Gamecocks Capital One Bowl-Bound, SC Fans Rejoice

Alex RobertsCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 26:  Head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks watches on before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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What a perfect way to end a great season. 

South Carolina received an invitation to play in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, in what should be one of the most prestigious non-BCS bowl games out there. 

The gritty and heart-filled Gamecocks take on another triple-option attack in Nebraska, and this could be a metaphorical game of sorts. 

The rich history of Nebraska is something to be jealous of. What better way to get the bowl monkey off of South Carolina's back than by beating a good Nebraska team?

It won't be easy. I haven't had the opportunity to do much dedicated research on them yet since the announcement just came down, but I know that Nebraska's running game will be difficult for the Gamecocks' highly ranked defense to stop, and the Nebraska defense will be able to play against Connor Shaw and Co. pretty well.

They will have to play a perfect game, and that's what Steve Spurrier is preparing for. This year, he's added a great deal of motivation for the team. If they win their 11th game (a team first), then the players will receive rings to commemorate this great season.

I think it's a great gesture to honor a team that played with so much heart. 

The Gamecock fans are elated as well. They played their way into the top 10 in the BCS. Even though they didn't get a BCS at-large bid, the team got one of the top non-BCS bowls. 

The excitement of this game will grow as Jan. 2 approaches. This Gamecock team will be ready. 

It's great to be a Gamecock!