Steve Spurrier ranks the SEC Championship as the second biggest stage in college football. The Head Ball coach concedes the national championship is “just barely” bigger than the title game in Atlanta. This may be USC’s first appearance in the SEC title game, but the Spurrier and the Gamecocks are anything but happy just to be there.
“Obviously the goal is to win the SEC, Spurrier said. Not just go to Atlanta, but to win the SEC some year and we have a chance. We have a chance this year. We know that.”
This one one of the many topics the HBC discussed at his weekly press conference Tuesday.
Here are a few factoids heading into this weekend’s SEC title game matchup against Auburn:
- Steve Spurrier has won six SEC titles (’91,’93, ’94, ’95, ’96, 2000). He also won the ACC title at Duke in ’89.
- USC has one one conference title in its 117 years of football, the 1969 ACC championship.
- This is the tenth time USC has faced Auburn. The Tigers hold a 7-1-1 all-time lead in the series and have won five straight in the series. USC has not defeated Auburn since it joined the SEC. The Gamecocks lone win in the series came in 1933, a 16-14 win in Birmingham.
- USC is designated as the “home” team for Saturday’s game. This means Carolina will likely wear its all-garnet uniforms Saturday.
- The last time USC played the same opponent twice in one season was 1945 against Wake Forest. Carolina tied the Deacons in the first game and lost the second. USC has only played the same opponent twice four times (1897, 1899, 1900, ’45) and has a 1-3 record in the second game.