How will the offensive line hold up?
With three experienced players each at guard and tackle, the offensive line is a couple of injuries from being in dire straits. The question holds true for the players' mental makeups as well after coach Steve Spurrier called them out this week. It will be interesting to see if the linemen are motivated by the comments or wilt under the strain.
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How good is Marcus Lattimore?
He's very good. Is he going to be a season-long difference-maker? The jury still is out. Lattimore burst onto the scene with 182 yards against Georgia. Since then, he has posted 97 yards on 19 carries against Furman and 33 yards on 14 carries against Auburn. The road does not get easier against Alabama.
Will the secondary find its way?
Junior safety Akeem Auguste called out his position group this week. "Everybody is wide open when they catch a pass," Auguste said. The Gamecocks are 11th in the SEC in passing defense, allowing 240.2 yards per game. "It's always something different," Auguste said. "Everybody has to get on the same page back there. We've got to fix it."
How many snaps will Stephen Garcia get?
There's no way to know. Spurrier yanked Garcia for his crucial fumbles against Auburn, and he has threatened to yank him again for turnovers or for running with his head down and risking injury. Garcia has promised to try to fix his running style, but he's going to have another turnover this season. How will Spurrier react?
Can Alshon Jeffery keep up this pace?
The sophomore wide receiver was not in the preseason conversation about the conference's best wide receivers, but he is now. Even with Georgia's A.J. Green returning this week, Jeffery can make a case for being the best in the conference – he has played that well. If he averages more than 100 yards receiving all season, he will become a household name.
– Josh Kendall