Today is arguably the biggest day in the history of USC athletics. The Gamecocks have never played on a stage this big. More people will watch Gamecock football today than any other day in its program history.
The SEC Championship game is known around the country as the biggest stage outside the BCS National Championship game. And as Steve Spurrier, Les Miles, Phil Fulmer and Urban Meyer will tell you, the SEC title game is a very close second to that game.
The point being, even if USC wins today and gets the invite to the Sugar Bowl, that stage will not be as big and the game will not mean as much as the one it will play in today. That is why Spurrier was grinning ear to ear as he took the podium at the preview press conference yesterday. He is ecstatic to be back on the stage he loves more than any other.
Win or lose, Spurrier has managed to do what no other coach in USC football history has done: He’s made people outside of the state of South Carolina pay attention to and care about the Gamecocks. Even if it’s only one day, it’s still big.
- USC 9-3, 5-3 vs. Auburn 12-0, 8-0
- All-time series: Auburn 1-7-1
- Last meeting: Auburn 35-27 9/25/10
- Latest Las Vegas line: Auburn -5
- Kickoff: 4:00 on CBS
- Korn: USC
- PRO: USC
- K-MAC: Auburn
A reminder we will have complete coverage of today’s game with quarter-by-quarter recaps and pictures. Shortly after the game ends we will post audio of both coaches and relevant players. You can also follow us on Twitter for in-game updates from the Georgia Dome.