Five predictions: Auburn

Over the course of the season, I will be making five predictions for each of the South Carolina football games. Some may be bold, some may be safe, some may be right on target. This week we take a look at the the rematch from the 2010 SEC Championship game against Auburn.

1. Garcia will have a big day

I'm not going to put any particular numbers for quarterback Stephen Garcia because that is not important against Auburn. What is important is that Garcia manage the game and not make any big mistakes. Last week Vandy loaded the box all night and made things tough for running back Marcus Lattimore. Auburn will try and do the same and make Garcia beat them with his arm. I will judge Garcia's success this week by how the Auburn defense lines up. If they stack the box all day, Garcia hasn't had a productive day. If they are forced to drop the safeties back into coverage, Garcia has had a big day. Can he have a Brett Farve, Monday Night Football-type of performance?

2. Defense forces two turnovers

This could end up being the biggest thing no one is talking about. South Carolina has thrived off forcing turnovers all season. Carolina has picked off four passes and forced 13 fumbles, recovering eight of them. The 12 turnovers puts the Gamecocks near the top of the nation.

Meanwhile the Tigers just haven't turned the ball over. Barrett Trotter has been picked off three times in 101 pass attempts, an average of one interception in nearly 34 pass attempts. Auburn has fumbled the ball eight times, but has yet to lose one.

It will be a battle of one of the top teams in forcing turnovers against one of the best teams in holding onto the ball. If Carolina can force some turnovers, they will be in good shape.

3. Lattimore gets back on track

Lattimore certainly didn't have a "bad" day against Vanderbilt last week, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown and catching three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. However, it wasn't a Lattimore-esque game.

Lattimore failed to rush for 100 yards in either game against Auburn in 2010, rushing for just 33 yards in the regular season match-up and 84 yards in the SEC Championship game.

Saturday, Lattimore will eclipse the 100-yard mark for the first time against Auburn and score two more touchdowns.

4. Clowney gets two sacks

South Carolina has eight sacks this season and Jadeveon Clowney has half of them. He recorded two last week against Vanderbilt. Auburn has only given up seven sacks all season, but they will give up a few more this week.

5. Jeffery gets back in the zone

No one has felt the sting of Garcia's struggles - other than Garcia himself - than Alshon Jeffery. The Biletnikoff finalist from 2010 has struggled early in the season. Jeffery has just 14 catches for 246 yards and just one touchdown. As Garcia gets on track this week, so will Jeffery. Jeffery will get over 100 yards and have a touchdown reception against Auburn.

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