Sure they had a round of fluke wins, but they got the job done. SC failed to seal the deal in at least one game they should of won. I'll take the overachiever over a choker.
I do think you're underestimating what they've accomplished and while SC probably has more talent, they fail to capitalize on it while the Gusbus has installed and ran a very effective system perfectly.
Either way it really doesn't matter, as Alabama being ranked 1 spot higher than Mizzou today means nothing in the final standings.