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The Feed Pail: October 26, 2014

Almost on Offense; nowhere near on Defense.

John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Team Speed Kills: Auburn Survives; S.C. Continues to Confuse by Brandon Larabee, the GABA Blogfather. "But South Carolina's season makes no such sense, and the same team that lost to mid-tier SEC East foes also beat Georgia and East Carolina, then almost managed on Saturday to take down one of the contenders in the SEC West."

Saturday Down South: Report Card: Gamecocks’ defense doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain at Auburn. "Lorenzo Ward’s starting to feel the heat under his collar as the leader of the bad tackling unit after Auburn averaged 8.8 yards per offensive snap during Saturday night’s game."  Not sure coaching is a "C," however.  Plus Rapid Reaction: Thompson delivers in grand fashion for Gamecocks, but defense disgusts.

Garnet&Cocky: Gamecocks Game of Almosts Against Auburn. What they're saying about Auburn's 42-35 victory against South Carolina and SEC officials miss potential penalty on final play of South Carolina-Auburn gamePlus Forget the score and remember that Auburn just beat Steve Spurrier at his best. "Any win over Steve Spurrier is a good win especially on a night when the Head Ball Coach is at his Hall of Fame play-calling, dice-rolling and risk-taking best."

Gamecock Central: Five key plays: Auburn.

The Big Spur: Sitting D.J. Smith the wrong move. "In Smith’s short time on the field, he brought some physicality to the defense but he can’t seem to find a way to get back out there. What was supposed to be a suspension that lasted just less than a full game has turned into nearly 10 quarters and there isn’t an end in sight?"

Sporstalksc: SportsTalk at the Stadium: Gamecocks upset spoiled by shoddy defense (VIDEO) and  "Almost a fun one out there:" Spurrier and Gamecocks come up short at Auburn (AUDIO).

Anderson Independent-Mail: Auburn survives challenge from South Carolina by A.P. writer Josh Zenor.

Fox Sports: No. 5 Auburn survives Hail Mary scare, tops Gamecocks, 42-35.

247: Malzahn: 'Our guys found a way'.

Bleacher Report: South Carolina vs. Auburn: Game Grades, Analysis for the Gamecocks and Tigers.

NBC CFT: No. 5 Auburn continues to roll on offense, defeats South Carolina 42-35.  "With the win, Auburn will likely become the No. 4 in the AP Top 25 after Ole Miss lost to LSU. The Tigers still face the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide. As long as the Tigers’ offense continues to click, Auburn will remain in contention even as it runs through the gauntlet of SEC play."

College & Magnolia Blog: Auburn vs South Carolina Recap: The Tigers Hang On to a 42-35 Victory. "The Head Ball Coach threw everything he had into this game and almost pulled it out, but the Auburn Tigers were able to make defensive stops when they needed to hold on for the victory."

Gamecocksonline: SC's Improbable Comeback Thwarted by No. 19/22 Kentucky 4-3 (2OT) in men's soccer.  Are we going to be able to get back to NCAA contention in the future? Texans' Jadeveon Clowney set to return on pitch count.