Cam Newton is gone as are most of the other key players that led Auburn to the national championship last season, but that doesn’t dull the desire of the USC players to avenge a pair of losses to the Tigers from last season. In fact, fresh in the mind of the Gamecocks and their fans is the memory of the beat down Auburn put on them in last year’s SEC title game in Atlanta. Auburn was the favorite to win that game and played like it. This time, USC is the favorite and will try to respond in kind.
The Gamecock offense is coming off what head coach Steve Spurrier called a “putrid” performance inthe win over Vanderbilt. The unit has yet to play with the efficiency and explosiveness expected of it. Stephen Garcia will remain the starting quarterback this week.
Auburn remains one of the nation’s top offensive teams with Gus Malzahn still calling the shots of his high paced attack. The Tigers are averaging over 373 yards and 34 points per game. Running back Michael Dyer is one of the best in the country, and first year starting quarterback Barrett Trotter is 15th nationally in passing efficiency.
Kickoff Saturday will be at 3:30 with the game televised on CBS.