Auburn has dominated this series over the years, with a 9–1–1 all-time record against the Gamecocks
South Carolina and Auburn fans looking to take the next step in their game-watching experience will be able to do so this week for South Carolina-Auburn on Talk Back. Former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia and former Auburn wide receiver Ben Obomanu will take your questions, comments and smack talk live during the game at www.att.com/talkback.
Here’s how Talk Back works:
• Go to www.att.com/talkback during the South Carolina-Auburn game Saturday night.
• Post your questions and comments about the game or anything else.
• Watch as Garcia and Obomanu answer your questions live.
• Grab the link to the clip of your question and share with your friends.
South Carolina opened the second half of the 2014 season with a 41–10 win over Furman last Saturday in Columbia. As expected, the Gamecocks dominated the line of scrimmage en route to their first win in nearly a month.
South Carolina has been sharp offensively for the majority of the season, but the defense has been an issue, especially against SEC opponents. The Gamecocks rank 12th in the league in total defense and 13th in scoring defense. Slowing down Auburn’s high-powered attack will be a huge challenge for coordinator Lorenzo Ward’s young defense.
Auburn will be back in action for the first time since dropping a 38–23 decision at Mississippi State in what was just the second SEC loss of the Gus Malzahn era. Despite that setback, the Tigers are still in the thick of the race for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
Senior quarterback Nick Marshall is in his second season operating one of the nation’s most efficient offenses. Marshall has made great strides as a passer but is at his best making plays with his feet. He is averaging well over six yards per carry has rushed for at least 100 yards in four of the Tigers’ six games in 2014.
Marshall has plenty of help on offense. The Tigers’ offensive line is among the best in the nation, and he has two of the best skill position players in the league at his disposal. Tailback Cameron Artis-Payne is averaging 111 yards per game and leads the SEC with 126 rushing attempts, and wide receiver Duke Williams, a transfer from the junior college ranks, has emerged as a big-time threat on the outside.
Auburn has dominated this series over the years, with a 9–1–1 all-time record against the Gamecocks, including wins in all seven games since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1991. These two teams played on a national stage in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. Led by Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Auburn rolled up 589 yards of total offense en route to a 56–17 win. That Tiger team went on to win the BCS National Championship.