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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Auburn-South Carolina pre-game blog post

We're coming to you LIVE from Jordan-Hare Stadium, a little less than three hours to tonight's kickoff between Auburn and South Carolina. This will be a running blog post leading up to the game, so check back for updates.

Update 1: It's hot out. What's new? It's 92 degrees out, according to weather.com, although it's supposed to maybe dip below 80 by the end of the game. I'll believe it when I see it.

Update 2: Well, not really an update, but if you want to read my game advance or my breakdown of who has the edge, click on the appropriate links.

I'll be back with more useful information as the game nears. In the meantime, enjoy Alabama-Arkansas.

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Pre-game minutia? Yup, we've got it ...
  • Auburn leads the all-time series 6-1-1. The Tigers and Gamecocks have met only four times since S.C. joined the conference in 1992.
  • Auburn has won the last four meetings, dating back to 1933.
  • It's been a minute since the teams last met: 2006, when Auburn came out of Columbia, S.C., with a 24-17 win.
  • The Tigers are 21-4 in home night games since 2000.
  • Auburn is 3-0 for the 11th time in the last 18 years.
  • This is the first time under Gene Chizik’s watch that Auburn and its opponent will be ranked heading into a matchup.
  • South Carolina seeks its first 4-0 start since 2001, when Lou Holtz was coach.
  • Rankings: South Carolina is 12th in AP and 15th by the coaches. Auburn is 17th AP and 14 by the coaches.
  • Auburn leads the SEC in rushing (259.3 ypg). South Carolina leads the league in rushing defense (59.7 ypg). That, folks, is what we call a key matchup.
  • The game features four of the SEC’s top-10 rushers: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore (111.0 ypg, second), followed by Auburn QB Cam Newton (103.0, fifth), RB Onterio McCalebb (75.0, eighth) and RB Mike Dyer (70.7, 10th).
  • Auburn leads the nation in pass efficiency. It has the top yards per attempt (11.8) and touchdown percentage (13.7).
  • The Tigers' 13 scoring plays have averaged 26.8 yards this year, with five being 35 yards or longer.
  • Auburn opponents are 1-for-11 on third-down conversions in the fourth quarter and overtime.
  • Nick Fairley leads the SEC in sacks (4) and tackles for a loss (7).
  • The stat that keeps on giving: Auburn has won 57 straight games when scoring 30 or more points in a game, dating back to 1996.
  • South Carolina has lost five straight SEC road games, dating back to 2008.
  • The Gamecocks lead the league in time of possession (32:32).
  • South Carolina will wear No. 11 helmet decals in memory of its all-time leading receiver, Kenny McKinley, who committed suicide earlier this week.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: LB Josh Bynes is out on the field sans crutches, despite whatever rumor popped up Friday. He looked like he might have had a little limp, but he was kind of bouncing around to whatever music was on his headphones. Maybe that's what I was seeing.

UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Sophomore John Sullen listed as starting right tackle on flip chart handed out to media. We'll see if it is that way when the game starter. Brandon Mosley the first backup at RT and LT.

UPDATE, 6:01 p.m.: Lineup changes galore! It will be Mosley, not Sullen, starting at RT. Mike Dyer will get his second straight start at tailback in place of Mario Fannin. And Nosa Eguae will start at one of the defensive end spots instead of Michael Goggans.

1 comment:

Meeting Women In Bars said...

This will be a running blog post leading up to the game, so check back for updates.