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South Carolina’s luck may end soon

September 28, 2000

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A most unusual set of events has turned South Carolina's visit to Alabama into one intriguing matchup.

Call it the Role Reversal Bowl.

Before the season, this was a gimme as in gimme the Crimson Tide and who cares about the point spread. Four games into the season, this Southeastern Conference matchup has gone topsy-turvy:

South Carolina, which began the season carrying a 21-game losing streak, is 4-0, ranked No. 23 and Lou Holtz, master rebuilder, is a miracle worker.

Alabama, ranked No. 3 in the preseason off its SEC championship, is 1-3, off to its worst season since 1990 and coach Mike DuBose is offering to resign.

Nobody has done a better job of coaching than Holtz, who showed up in Columbia, S.C., last season but failed to win a game. Now, South Carolina has beaten all comers, including Georgia and Mississippi State both ranked before showing up at Brice-Williams Stadium.

On Saturday, Holtz's hotshots hit the road for the first time. The last road win was nearly three years ago 39-13 at Arkansas on Oct. 18, 1997.

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