LSU GAME STATUS
C P.J. Lonergan (back) probable. G Josh Williford (head) questionable. OT Alex Hurst (undisclosed) doubtful. RB Alfred Blue (leg) out. LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), OT Chris Faulk (knee), DE Jordan Allen (knee), LB Tahj Jones (academics), LB D.J. Welter (academics), TE Tyler Edwards (academics), OL Evan Washington (academics) out for season.
SOUTH CAROLINA GAME STATUS
OL Mike Matulis (shoulder) probable. CB Akeem Auguste (ankle), DT Byron Jerideau (ankle) questionable. RB Brandon Wilds (ankle), RB Shon Carson (wrist) out.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
RB Spencer Ware
Last week: 8 rushes, 21 yards, 1 reception, 20 yards.
The running game needs a boost after gaining just 42 yards last week, and LSU coach Les Miles said the Tigers need to put the ball in Ware’s hands more often. He also hinted that Ware, who played quarterback in high school, might be utilized soon in a Wildcat-type package.
RB Marcus Lattimore
Last week: 24 rushes, 109 yards, 1 touchdown.
Lattimore sets the tone for the Gamecocks offense and has scored nine TDs in six games. He has scored in each of his last seven games and in 21 of his 26 career games. He averages 4.7 yards per carry and 91.5 yards per game. Lattimore is also the team’s leading receiver with 18 receptions.
THREE THINGS TO KNOW
1. Casual acquaintances: This is just the 20th meeting between these two schools and the seventh since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992. The only SEC team LSU has played fewer times is newcomer Missouri (once). The Tigers have a 16-2-1 edge in the series. The Gamecocks’ only win in Tiger Stadium and their last against LSU came in 1994 (18-17). The Tigers won the last meeting 28-16 in 2007 in Tiger Stadium.
2. Streak stuff: One record streak will come to an end in this game. The Tigers have won a school-record 21 consecutive games in Tiger Stadium, and the Gamecocks have won a school-record 10 consecutive games overall. South Carolina’s streak is the longest in the country after LSU’s 18-game regular-season streak ended in a 14-6 loss at Florida last week.
3. Punt points: LSU has one of the best punting games in the SEC, led by Brad Wing. The Tigers’ net punting average is 42.1, third best in the conference. South Carolina is second to last in the league with a 33.7 average.
WHO HAS THE EDGE
OFFENSE: South Caroline
SPECIAL TEAMS: LSU
LES EAST: South Carolina might have trouble reaching the emotional peak it had for Georgia last week for a second consecutive game, but it’s clicking on offense and defense. LSU’s offensive troubles will require the defense to score points for a victory. Carolina doesn’t accommodate. GAMECOCKS 13, TIGERS 9.
SCOTT RABALAIS: South Carolina has the better offense for sure, but the Gamecocks played their must-win game last week against Georgia. LSU has as good a defense, better special teams, a night home game and desperation on its side. Shaky nod to ... TIGERS 16, GAMECOCKS 13.