Football in the SEC offers a challenge every week, and the latest example of this comes Saturday (Oct. 13), when No. 3 South Carolina travels to the bedlam that is Baton Rouge, La., and LSU (Game time: 8 p.m., ESPN).
Both teams will be dealing with strong emotions. The Gamecocks, of course, are coming off that 35-7 pasting of Georgia. So Coach Steve Spurrier's team will have to be on guard against a letdown.
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And LSU, once ranked No. 2, is coming off a 14-6 loss at Florida that dropped the Tigers to No. 9 (AP). So they will have revenge on their minds. They will not be able to afford another SEC loss if they hope to repeat as SEC West champs.
And there may be no more hostile environment in college football than Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night.
"Our guys know it's going to be very, very loud, just like it was for Georgia at home last week," Spurrier told goupstate.com. "That's just part of the game. The home crowd gets a chance to scream at you. Hopefully we won't have a bunch of offsides and things like that. We really need to concentrate on our assignments the best we can.”
Other SEC action on Oct. 13 (all times Eastern)
- Auburn (1-4, 0-3) at Ole Miss (3-3, 0-2), 12:21 p.m.
- Alabama (5-0, 2-0) at Missouri (3-3, 0-3), 3:30 p.m., CBS
- Florida (5-0, 4-0) at Vanderbilt (2-3, 1-2), 6 p.m., ESPNU
- Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) at Arkansas (2-4, 1-2), 7 p.m., FSN
- Tennessee (3-2, 0-2) at Mississippi State (5-0, 2-0), 9 p.m., ESPN2
- Texas A&M (4-1, 2-1) vs. Louisiana Tech (5-0), 9:15 p.m. ESPNU
Material from the SEC office was used in this report.