Auburn Comes To Town With Another StreakSubmitted by Duane on Thu, 09/29/2011 - 15:22
The Auburn Tigers went to Death Valley two weeks ago with the longest active winning streak in college football at 17, but departed with a 38-24 loss to the Clemson Tigers. No after rebounding from that loss last week, they have to travel to the state of South Carolina again with another streak in hand, six consecutive victories against the South Carolina Gamecocks. According to archives, Auburn has won its only two games in Columbia, at William Brice. those games were played in 1997 and 2006. Head Coach, Gene Chizik, will be bringing his defending national championship team into William Brice Stadium against a Steve Spurrier coached that is riding its' own streak at 4 wins to open the season. South Carolina football teams have only recorded 5-0 starts, 4 previous seasons, 1988, 1984, 1928 and 1902. Chizik will have to make some changes to a defense that has allowed 477.5 yards per game, before his team meets an inconsistent but talented South Carolina offense that has been able to ride the powerful running game of Heisman hopeful, Marcus Lattimore, who has already amassed 611 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns in 4 games this season. The host team will be featuring freshman sensation Damiere Byrd, a speedster, who has been serving a controversial four game suspension for alleged NCAA violations, is expected to stretch the field for All American WR Alshon Jeffery, placing even more pressure on a defense. Coach Spurrier is having arguably his best start to a season at South Carolina, but his sideline mannerism would lead one to believe that the inconsistency of the offense has made enjoying the 4-0 start more difficult for the Ole' Ball Coach. QB Steven Garcia's 3 TD passes for the season are actually tied by 3 TD's by Defensive Lineman Melvin Ingram who has been Defensive Player of the Week twice already this season. Regardless of the individual to unit performances both coaches will be preparing teams sometime after 3:30 Saturday afternoon, another streak will be extended and another will have stopped.
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