Steve Spurrier held his weekly press conference Tuesday as his Gamecocks prepare for their final home game of the season Saturday against Troy. Carolina clinched its first ever SEC East title last week at Florida and now is trying to finish the regular season strong with non-conference games against Troy and at Clemson.
As you can imagine, more time was spent talking about the significance of Carolina’s first division title than the Trojans. That’s not to say Spurrier and the Gamecocks are overlooking this week’s opponent, the HBC noted several times that his team will have to be prepared and ready this weekend or they could lose. Spurrier said the team’s approach will be the same this week as it has every week this season.
USC enters this weekend’s game with a 7-3 record ranked 17th in the country. Troy is 5-4 and 2-4 in the Sun Belt.
A few facts leading into this weekend’s matchup:
- This is the third time these two teams have played. USC won both of the previous meetings. The Gamecocks won 17-7 in 2004 and 45-20 in 2005.
- Troy is coached by Auburn alum and Larry Blakeney. Blakeney also served as an assistant at Auburn from 1977-1991. He was the team’s wide receivers coach and offensive play caller. The Tigers won four SEC titles and appeared in nine bowl games while Blakeney was on the staff.
- Troy is 1-11 all-time against SEC teams and 1-16 all-time against top 25 teams.
- Troy returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in its 2005 game at Williams-Brice