An early look at South Carolina's Oct. 13 opponent, LSU, plus video comments from head coach Les Miles and players Odell Beckham Jr. and Zach Mettenger.
... Last year's record: 13-1, 8-0 SEC
... Bowl game last season: Lost 21-0 to Alabama in the national championship
... Head coach: Les Miles, 75-17 at LSU, seven years (103-39 career record, 11 years)
... Series record: LSU leads 16-2-1
... Coaches All-SEC selections: OL Alex Hurst (1st team); DL Sam Montgomery (1st); Barkevious Mingo (1st); P Brad Wing (1st); DB/RS Tyrann Mathieu (1st); DB Eric Reid (1st); Odell Beckham Jr. (2nd); Chris Faulk (2nd); Drew Alleman (2nd); Spencer Ware (3rd)
Zach Mettenberger, quarterback: Mettenberger has a lot of questions to answer. He will lead one of the country's top teams, but he's never started a D-1 game. He can hardly be worse than LSU's quarterback situation last year, a messy tango between Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. Mettenberger needs to minimize mistakes.
Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback: The Honey Badger had two punt returns of more than 60 yards for TDs. He scored twice on fumble returns, caused six fumbles, had two interceptions and broke up nine passes.
... If USC knocks off Georgia, it should carry some momentum into the toughest road game of the year. Defensively, the Gamecocks feel they can match the talent of LSU. If Marcus Lattimore and Connor Shaw can control the clock with a solid running game and cash in with touchdowns when given opportunities, they could win for just the second time at Baton Rouge.
... LSU was undefeated last season before losing the national championship game to Alabama and return a deep and talented roster. Les Miles' Tigers will be a preseason top 5 pick in nearly all polls and playing in Death Valley is a taunting task for any team. USC will have a hard time scoring against a defense that was second in the country last year.