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Monday, June 16, 2014

Is Steve Spurrier Cursed at USCe?

Cam Newton led the Tigers to the SEC Championship in a win vs. South Carolina
Date: October 25th
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium
Are there forces at work here, that we might not fully understand? 

On December 2nd, 1933 South Carolina recorded it's only victory over Auburn University, known then as Alabama Polytechnic Institute. The margin of victory was a mere two points, 16-14. Since joining the South Eastern Conference USC has recorded a goose egg in the win column when it comes to the playing the Tigers. 

It seems recent history has conspired against Steve Spurrier when it comes to playing against Auburn. 

In 2010 USC had experience and some depth at QB, along with experience along the offensive line, they ran into the buzz saw that was Auburn. The Tigers had came into the season with lots of hope, and momentum after a successful 2009 season and a rousing New Years day win over Northwestern, Auburn brought in a JUCO QB  named Cam, and the rest is history. The Tigers defeated South Carolina twice in 2010 on their way to the title. Below is a video of Auburn's offense versus the South Carolina Defense.

In 2011, the last meeting between these two schools, a somewhat controversial call of an apparent TD was not overturned by the replay booth, much to the dismay of the Gamecock faithful. Auburn won on the road 16 - 13.

In 2014 Auburn will bring depth and veteran experience at every offensive position except H- Back. Even that position is not without some experience. The Gamecocks will counter with experience at Safety in Sharrod Golightly and Brison Williams, and at the defensive tackle position with Phillip Dukes and J.T. Surratt.
Running the ball up the middle may be tough going against this defense. Thankfully, this Auburn team will be more balanced than the one that took the field last year in the middle of the season.

Auburn's defense will have been tested aplenty by the time the Gamecocks roll into town, and we'll know a lot more about their capabilities when kickoff comes for this contest. South Carolina is tested and tough. This may be Steve Spurrier's most balanced bunch with depth and experience galore.

If Auburn's defense improves as much as this writer thinks it will in 2014, then this game should be close for about 3 quarters. Then I look for Auburn's offense to over power the South Carolina defense. If it becomes a shooting match, I like our odds with our offense. 

Auburn will have to play mistake free football for most of the game in order to defeat this version of Gamecocks, if it doesn't anything can happen. Look for the curse to continue for Coach Spurrier, and an Auburn win. AU 45 USC 30

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