Preview: South Carolina at Auburn

When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Jordan Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama


In its quest to get into the College Football Playoff, No. 6 Auburn has no room for error after a loss to Mississippi State in its last game, needing to run the table to get into the four-team field. So the Tigers must take every opponent seriously, starting with visiting South Carolina on Saturday, despite a trip to Mississippi looming just a week away. The Gamecocks snapped a two-game losing streak with a rout of Furman last week, but coach Steve Spurrier's squad needs a lot of improvement to challenge Auburn.

Quarterback Nick Marshall is the key to the Tigers' offense, having passed for at least two touchdowns in his last four games and rushed for at least 100 yards in his last three. The Gamecocks look to their signal-caller, Dylan Thompson, for production through the air, and he has delivered, with 1,839 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He'll have his work cut out for him against the Tigers' defense, though, which is allowing 213 passing yards a game this season.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: Auburn -17.5.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (4-3, 2-3 SEC): The Gamecocks' defense has had its moments this year, but it also has struggled at times, allowing 52 in the opener against Texas A&M and 45 in a loss to Kentucky in its last SEC outing. For linebacker Marcquis Roberts, the answer is just finding more effort and enthusiasm from a defensive unit that is still learning to play together. “It doesn't seem like we have the same enthusiasm as we used to have, but we are trying to get there,” Roberts told The State. “A lot of players that used to be here that used to bring that (are gone), so we are trying to find that person or that group of people.”

ABOUT AUBURN (5-1, 2-1): During their bye week, the Tigers worked to try to rediscover the rushing offense that picked up 6.7 yards per carry on first down last year. This year, Auburn is averaging 5.5 yards on first down, a stat that coach Gus Malzahn is hoping to improve upon the rest of the season. “When something bad happens, it's never just one thing,” Malzahn told AL.com. “If we can get our linemen in the same spot and stay healthy for the second half and really start working together and get some cohesion, there's no doubt in my mind that we'll be more effective and more efficient in the running game.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. South Carolina TE Rory Anderson, the Gamecocks' third-leading receiver with 18 catches for 204 yards, is out for at least two weeks with a tear in his left triceps muscle.

2. Auburn S Jermaine Whitehead has been reinstated to the team by Malzahn after being suspended indefinitely and missing four games for being disrespectful to a coach.

3. The Tigers have dominated the series, going 9-1-1 against the Gamecocks, including 3-0 in games played at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

PREDICTION: Auburn 42, South Carolina 21


Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
South Carolina 4-3 W1 35.1 31.4 3-2 1-1 3-3 0-0 2-3
Auburn 5-1 L1 38.8 18.3 4-0 1-1 4-1 0-0 2-1

Last Meeting

South Carolina Auburn
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
10/1/11 AUB 16 SOCAR 13 289 129 160 358 246 112

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SOCAR S. Garcia 39.1 160 1 2
AUB B. Trotter 52.2 112 1 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SOCAR M. Lattimore 17 66 3.9 1
AUB M. Dyer 41 141 3.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SOCAR A. Jeffery 5 86 17.2 1
AUB O. McCalebb 3 33 11.0 0
TDs Player TD
SOCAR A. Jeffery 1
AUB M. Dyer 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
SOCAR D. Thompson 61.3 1839 15 6
AUB N. Marshall 55.4 964 10 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
SOCAR M. Davis 121 662 5.5 8
AUB C. Artis-Payne 126 664 5.3 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
SOCAR P. Cooper 34 430 12.6 4
AUB D. Williams 31 493 15.9 5
TDs Player TD
SOCAR M. Davis 8
AUB C. Artis-Payne 5

Quickchart Matchup

South Carolina Off vs  Auburn Def
450.9 yards
333.7 yards
4.8 yards/rush
3.3 yards/rush
7.6 yards/attempt
6.5 yards/attempt
Auburn Off vs  South Carolina Def
487.8 yards
421.3 yards
5.6 yards/rush
5.3 yards/rush
8.6 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-115
-14
-110
64.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-19.5
-110
66
Sportsbook
-110
-19.5
-110
66
5Dimes.eu
-103
-19.5
-107
65
GTBets.eu
-110
-19.5
-110
66
Top Bet
-110
-19.5
-110
65.5
BetOnline.ag
-110
-19.5
-110
66
BetDSI
-110
-19.5
-110
65.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-19.5
-110
66
BookMaker.eu
-110
-19.5
-110
65.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-19.5
-110
65.5
Mirage
-110
-18
-110
65.5
Station
-110
-18.5
-110
65.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

South Carolina Overall Auburn
4-3-0 W/L 5-1-0
1-6-0 ATS 3-3-0
4-3-0 O/U 3-3-0
35.1 Pts For 38.8
31.4 Pts Against 18.3
South Carolina A/H Auburn
1-1 W/L 4-0
0-2-0 ATS 3-1-0
2-0-0 O/U 3-1-0
43.0 Pts For 47.5
39.5 Pts Against 14.5