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USC preps to take on Auburn

As of the middle of the day Monday, South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson hadn’t talked to his coaches about the game plan for Saturday’s game against Auburn.

He really doesn’t need to, though.

"I’m pretty sure it’s going to be about tackling," the junior said Monday on a Southeastern Conference teleconference.

The Gamecocks missed plenty of tackles the first time they played Auburn as the Tigers rolled up 334 rushing yards in a 35-27 win over South Carolina. Improved tackling is a must, Robertson said, if the Gamecocks are going to keep the Tigers and quarterback Cam Newton from putting on a repeat performance.

"We know if we don’t (Newton) is going to put on a show," Robertson said. "He’s a great guy and a great quarterback. Any opportunity we get, we have to get him down."

Robertson, tight end Patrick DiMarco and kicker Spencer Lanning represented South Carolina on the afternoon teleconference discussing Saturday’s SEC championship game, which will be played at 4 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

"The biggest thing when I think about Auburn is they are going to move the ball, and you have to play 100 percent all game," Lanning said. "You can’t give them anything. We are going to go out there and try to minimize our weakness and our flaws and really try to put together a complete game."

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