WHO: Auburn (3-1, 1-0 SEC) at USC (4-0, 2-0)
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium
LINE: USC by 10
TV: CBS (WLTX-19) with Speros Dedes, Steve Beuerlein and Otis Livingston
RADIO: WNKT-FM 107.5 with Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin
SATELLITE RADIO: XM 200/Sirius 219
South Carolina: Out: CB Akeem Auguste (foot), RB Shon Carson (knee); doubtful: WR Jason Barnes (hamstring); questionable: RB Kenny Miles (wrist); probable: S Brison Williams (arm). Auburn: Out WR Trovon Reed (shoulder), DE Dee Ford (back).
Players to Watch
- Auburn: WR Quan Bray is filling in for Trovon Reed. The true freshman from LaGrange will return punts and be a target on screens and reverses.
- South Carolina: QB Stephen Garcia might hold the keys to the Gamecocks’ offense. The bad Garcia showed up last week against Vanderbilt, throwing four interceptions to give him seven this year.
Just the facts
SERIES RECORD: Auburn leads 8-1-1
LAST MEETING: Auburn won 56-17 in the 2010 SEC championship game in Atlanta
CURRENT STREAK: Auburn has won six in a row
What to know
... A win against Auburn would make USC 5-0 for the sixth time. The Gamecocks also started 5-0 in 1902,
... ’28 ’84, ’88 and 2001. However, USC has not beaten Auburn since 1933.
... USC is 16-2 in its past 18 home games, with the losses coming against No. 1 Florida in 2009 and No. 17 Arkansas last season.
South Carolina linebacker Reginald Bowens vs. Auburn running back Onterio McCalebb
About Bowens: The 6-foot-2, 248-pound junior cracked the starting lineup for the first time this year. He is 10th on the team with 14 tackles.
How He’ll Win: Bowens must keep his eyes on McCalebb and not let Auburn’s backs turn the corner on outside runs.
Key Number, – 6: Bowens had six tackles in the season-opener against East Carolina but his tackle total has declined in each game since.
About McCalebb: The 5-10, 170-pound junior doesn’t get the ball as much as Michael Dyer but he’s a bigger home run threat due to his speed.
How He’ll Win: McCalebb needs to give the Tigers a spark. He hasn’t had a run longer than 18 yards this year so he could be due.
Key Number, – 8.5: McCalebb set the school record for yards per carry in a season (minimum 75 attempts) last year with an 8.5 yard average.