That meeting led to a come-from-behind 35-27 win for the Tigers. They meet in the SEC Championship game, the first time since 1994 Auburn has played at the Conference title matchup.
The Tigers come in fresh of that wildly entertaining victory . Alabama where they overcame a 24-0 deficit. Falling behind early only to rally for wins is now somewhat of a trademark for Auburn this season, as they have done it in eight of the 12 wins.
Sportsbook have this match set with Auburn as a 5.5-point favorite and a Total of 61.5. The Tigers have a record of 7-1 ATS versus conference opponents this season.
While Auburn fans are excitedly booking tickets to Arizona to watch their team in the BCS Championship game on January 10th, the Gamecocks have a real shot at upending all these plans. Coach Spurrier’s team already proved that they can hang with the Tigers in that 35-27 loss in late September. It was four South Carolina turnovers that snapped the defeat from the jaws of victory, as they let Auburn off the hook.
The Gamecock defense has been impressive all season, and while controlling Cam Newton and Co.. Is a really hard proposition, if they can find any help from the offense, they are up for the task. First off, they want the offense to stay on the field for long drives rather than the turn over the ball. In fact, if QB Stephen Garcia can assemble a performance like the first three quarters of their initial meeting (235 yards passing, 3TDs and no interceptions) they have a legitimate shot at winning this match.
We specifically say the first 3 quarters, because things got ugly for Garcia in the fourth quarter. Why was backup QB Shaw playing? Following two fumbles in the fourth, the Old Ball Coach blew his lid and pulled Garcia, sending his copy in. Shaw promptly threw two interceptions in the Auburn red zone, sealing the comeback win for the Tigers.
It’s hard to see another total fourth quarter meltdown. South Carolina revealed they can move the ball, now they just need to hang on to it. And they’re the team with the better defense in this one.
To us, that adds up to some drama on the underdog Gamecocks and who knows, they could win this one straight up, creating BCS chaos.
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