Series history - LSU

In this series, GamecockAnthem takes a look at the series history of each of the opponents in the 2012 season. Today we take a look at South Carolina's huge road test against LSU.

Series history - LSU leads 16-2-1; in Baton Rouge LSU leads 10-1
Last 10 meetings - LSU leads 8-1-1
Under Spurrier - LSU leads 2-0
Largest margin of victory -LSU 42-0 in 1961
Closest margin of victory - South Carolina 7-6 in 1930, 18-17 in 1994
Last game - LSU 24-17 in 2008

Following what should be an intense battle with Georgia, South Carolina will face what likely will be their biggest challenge of the season. Carolina will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU, a sure national title contender. In fact, if LSU can get good quarterback play they would hands-down be the best team in college football. LSU will likely be facing their toughest challenge to date in the Gamecocks, though an argument could be made for the week before when the Tigers travel to Florida.

As with most of the top teams in the SEC, LSU has dominated the series with Carolina. After a 7-6 Carolina win in Columbia in the first game of the series in 1930, LSU would win in each of the next three seasons. From then on the two teams met sparingly, but the results were the same; an LSU win. The Tigers would win the next 12 games between the two, all prior to Carolina joining the SEC. Carolina would grab its other win in the series in 1994, the first meeting between the two teams as SEC foes. Following a tie the next year, LSU has taken the last four match-ups. Two of those four Tiger victories have been en route to a National Championship, including the last meeting between the two in Baton Rouge.

Last time out - The two teams last met in Williams-Brice Stadium in 2008, with LSU holding on for a 24-17 victory. That would also be the game where the controversial "tackle" from referee Wilbur Hackett, Jr. on Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia. South Carolina would take a 17-10 lead into the locker room after Mike Davis scored with 22 seconds left in the half. LSU would score in the third and fourth quarter and Garcia was intercepted by Curtis Taylor to allow the Tigers to run out the clock.

Most memorable moment - Back in 1994, Brad Scott took the Gamecocks to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in a downpour. LSU held the lead heading to the fourth quarter, but Steve Tanneyhill would lead the Gamecocks to the end zone and the defense held on to preserve an 18-17 win, the only win in Baton Rouge.

Key to the game - This will likely be a game that comes down to who can control the ball. LSU has always had a defense that is tough against the run and unless the Tigers find a quarterback, they won't be able to throw the ball themselves. If the Gamecocks can contain LSU's ground game they will have a chance. On the other hand, Carolina will have to be able to run the ball to win. If Marcus Lattimore is able to run the ball effectively and Carolina is able to win the time of possession battle, they have a chance of pulling off the huge upset.


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