South Carolina-Auburn Preview Capsule
South Carolina (4-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) at No. 5 Auburn (5-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Auburn by 18.
Series Record: Auburn leads 9-1-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Tigers are trying to rebound from a loss to No. 1 Mississippi State two weeks ago and might need to win out to have a shot at capturing the SEC West title and making the College Football Playoff. South Carolina is trying to snap a two-game SEC losing streak and post its second win over a top-10 team this season.
Auburn's running game versus South Carolina's defense. The Tigers are third in the SEC in rushing behind quarterback Nick Marshall, Cameron Artis-Payne and emerging freshman Roc Thomas. South Carolina is 13th at stopping the run, giving up 181.7 yards per game and league-highs of 5.3 yards per carry and 15 rushing touchdowns.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
South Carolina: RB Mike Davis is one of the SEC's top runners, and he'll face a big challenge against Auburn's deep front line. He has run for 294 yards and five touchdowns in South Carolina's last two games.
Auburn: Marshall has four 100-yard rushing games, and reached both that number and 200 passing yards against Mississippi State.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Tigers' 13-game home winning streak trails only Florida State nationally. Auburn is 12-0 at Jordan-Hare Stadium under coach Gus Malzahn with an average score of 41-18. ... The Tigers have won the last seven meetings with South Carolina, whose only victory came in Birmingham, Alabama in 1933. Steve Spurrier is 0-5 in the series during his tenure. ... The Gamecocks have not lost three straight SEC games since falling to Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas in consecutive weeks at the end of the 2009 season. ... Auburn is one of four teams to score at least 20 points in every game the past two seasons, joining Florida State, Marshall and Ohio State. ... South Carolina has posted two road wins against Top-5 teams, over No. 3 North Carolina (31-13) in 1981 and No. 5 Missouri last season (27-24).