Today we compare the offenses of USC and Auburn.
The Gamecocks and Tigers are, statistically, fairly even in the rushing game. In the 2010 season, Auburn averages less than a yard per rush and almost 2.5 yards per game more than the Gamecocks. However, South Carolina has scored three more rushing touchdowns than Auburn.
Though the rushing attacks of these two teams are somewhat equal, the passing numbers tell a different story.
Auburn has thrown the ball 21 fewer times, with 19 fewer completions, than the Gamecocks. However, the Tigers average just under four yards per pass, 18.5 yards per catch, and more than 6.5 passing yards per game more than South Carolina. Auburn has also scored four more touchdowns through the air than the Gamecocks.
Though statistically the Gamecocks have not done as well as Auburn in the passing game, the great equalizer is how a team does near the goal line.
The Gamecocks have only been to the red zone one more time than the Tigers. However, South Carolina has scored every time they have been inside the opponent’s 20 yard-line, while the Tigers have only scored on 9 of 11 trips.
Also, USC has scored touchdowns on 10 of their 12 red zone trips, while Auburn has only managed 6 touchdowns in their 11 visits inside the opponent’s red zone.
Between the 20s, the numbers seem to favor Auburn. However, South Carolina has been better at getting into the end zone when they have had the chance.
We will see if these numbers hold true when the Gamecocks travel to Auburn to take on the Tigers this Saturday.