Palmetto Recruiting: USC's Martin to make final pitch to Doziers this weekend - i.e, PJ..and father Perry. Get our your good luck charms - we need Dozier to say yes as badly as we needed Sindarius to pledge back in '12. Not to be too dramatic, but this is make-or-break.
Leftover Hotdog: Billy Koehler diagrams an Anatomy of an upset against Auburn.
Anderson Independent-Mail: Brad Senkiw writes Gamecocks hope to slow down Auburn's running game. Nice to see the paywall down (temporarily?) at the AI-M; Senkiw is one of the better USC writers while laboring in the long shadow of Death Valley (and at a paper that hosts Orange&White.com). Plus - Auburn at a Glance.
WLTX.com: Willie T. Smith writes that Ward Faces Old Friend When Gamecocks Visit Auburn.
Al.com: Matching Up: No. 5 Auburn vs. South Carolina and 4 burning questions and a South Carolina-Auburn prediction with a Gamecocks beat writer - David Caraviello of the Post & Courier.
Anniston Star: Game breakdown: South Carolina (4-3, 2-3 SEC) at No. 5 Auburn (5-1, 2-1). "This is not the South Carolina team many expected heading into the season. The Gamecocks' offense is not particularly explosive, and the defense is leaky at best. Auburn runs all over USC and sets itself up for another marquee top five matchup at Ole Miss."
Opelika-Auburn News: AUBURN FOOTBALL: South Carolina trying to change fortune, history against Auburn. "But the Tigers know there’s absolutely no room for error with such a hotly contested race among the top half of the West. That is why Malzahn and company are taking Saturday’s game as serious as it comes, especially on the heels of Auburn’s first loss of the season, 38-23, at Mississippi State two weeks ago."
Fly War Eagle: Scouting the South Carolina Defense and Special Teams.
Inside the Auburn Tigers (Scout): Know Your Foe: South Carolina.
GamecockPride: Turnovers: The Name of the Game.
Athlon: Auburn Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Game Preview and Prediction by Steve Lassan.
Columbus Ledger-Inquirer: South Carolina more dangerous than lopsided line suggests. "South Carolina is arguably the most unpredictable game left in Auburn's regular season." I hope so. But I am not betting money on it either.
Gamecock Cereal: Rixon Lane goes Five for Five with Bryan Matthews of AuburnSports.com. Bryan thinks the loss to Mississippi State is going to motivate the Tigers to reassert themselves against the Cocks.
Augusta Chronicle: Auburn must beat underdog South Carolina to keep hopes alive. I think this is the main reason AU will not be looking past us to the Ole Miss game next week.
The Plainsman: Keys to the Auburn vs. South Carolina game.
Yahoo! Sports: Auburn looks to rebound 'with a bang' vs Gamecocks.
GamecocksOnline: Gamecock Gameday: Football Travels To Auburn - all the information and notes from the SID's office. Plus - Volleyball bounces back to claim a 3-1 win over Mississippi State and No. 21 South Carolina Earns 1-1 Draw at Vanderbilt in women's soccer.
GoGamecocks: Morning Meeting: Are suspensions signs of cracks in foundation? (from Thursday). It make me the Senator giddy but it's not anywhere near the suspension show in Athens When they suspend at UGA, it shows St. Mark's most rigorous commitment to discipline - something morally lacking at other schools; when other schools suspend, it shows how their programs are full of no-good bums. Got it? Good.
Team Speed Kills: This Year's SEC Divisional Races Represent the New Normal. Get Used to It. I liked the old new normal better - when it featured us.
ESPN SEC Blog: David Ching explains How the SEC East fell off track.
Rock Hill Herald: As Rebs win, Ole Miss balances Dixie and diversity.
CBS Sports: UNC's unprecedented academic fraud case will test NCAA. "What's the appropriate NCAA punishment for what is being described as the worst academic fraud scandal in college sports history?" No more smug smirks from Chapel Hill. It was all based on a lie.
Sporting News: Arrogance is bliss: How Michigan State, Dantonio flipped script on Michigan (from Thursday). Carolina alum Mark Dantonio has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the nation.