Auburn: The Tigers lead the series all time 9-1-1 against South Carolina. The last time the Gamecocks took a win was in 1933, and 2011 was the last time the two teams saw each other on the field.
The Tigers took a 38-23 loss in Starkville for Week 7 and went into a bye for Week 8.
Marshall’s pass was tipped in the first offensive play in the game at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Jay Hughes and the second play was a fumble.
This team at home and coming off a loss will be a hard one for the Gamecocks to overcome. The defense will need to be prepared for rushing leaders like Cameron Artis-Payne, and Auburn’s all-star quarterback Nick Marshall.
Tennessee (3-4, 0-3 SEC): The Volunteers haven’t had a promising season, nor a win in the SEC this year. The Vols had Florida wrapped up in Week 6 but failed to punch the time clock with a winning score.
Falling at Ole Miss last weekend, the Rebels held Tennessee to just three points.
Tennessee leads the overall series at 7-23-2. Last season, the Gamecocks fell 21-23 at Neyland. South Carolina took three straight wins from 2010 to 2013, and this year, Rocky Top will meet Williams-Brice Stadium for an Eastern Division battle.
Linebacker A.J. Johnson currently leads the Southeastern Conference in total tackles with 65, tied with Mizzou’s Michael Scherer. Quarterback South Carolina-native Justin Worley stands at no.6 in passing with 1,569 yards.
Up next for Tennessee will be Alabama, before coming to Columbia.
Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC): In a fight against Missouri at The Swamp on Saturday, the Gators fell 42-13. The Gator fought it out with Kentucky in triple overtime a few weeks back, managing to rummage their way to a 36-30 win.
The Gators lead the series at 24-7-3 against the Gamecocks. However, South Carolina took a win in Columbia last season and two straight wins in 2010 and 2011.
Against the Tigers, Jeff Driskel completed 7-of-19 for 50 yards with two fumbles and two interceptions. The Gamecocks may be able to take advantage of this ‘struggling bunch’. Florida will face Georgia and Vanderbilt before seeing the Gamecocks in Gainesville.
Georgia will certainly be a challenge for the Gators, and with how SEC-play has been going lately, I wouldn’t put it past them to struggle against Vandy in NashVegas.
Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson stands at third leading the SEC in receiving yards, with 524. Plus, DL Alex McCalister stands with the seventh most sacks in the SEC at 4.0.
South Carolina will definitely need some strength heading into The Swamp in mid-November. On the bright side, the Gamecocks should be used to the heat all because of ‘Famously Hot Columbia’.