LSU Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Watch Live TV Stream Online for Free; Preview
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier leads his squad against the LSU Tigers on Saturday. (Photo: REUTERS / Tami Chappell)
The No. 3 South Carolina Gamecocks face their second-straight top 10 opponent on Saturday as they take on the No. 9 LSU TIgers. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, and you can also watch a live TV stream online for free here or here.
South Carolina moved to 6-0 last week after crushing then-No. 5 Georgia, 35-7. The Gamecocks defense, allowing just 10.5 points per game, shut down a Bulldogs offense that had scored at least 41 points in each of its first five games. Georgia finished with 224 total yards and just 109 through the air.
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The Gamecocks are led at quarterback by Connor Shaw, who is 13-1 as a starter, the best record of any South Carolina quarterback after 14 career games. He is second on the team in rushing and is also completing nearly 76 percent of his passes.
But with the way South Carolina runs the ball and plays defense, Shaw often doesn't have to throw much for his team to win. In the four full games the junior has played this season (he missed all of one contest and part of another while dealing with a shoulder injury), Shaw has attempted an average of just 15 passes per game. Last week, he attempted just one pass in the second half - a 62-yard completion to D.L. Moore that set the Gamecocks up at the Georgia 1.
LSU, meanwhile, is coming off its first loss of the season. The Tigers breezed through their early-season schedule, winning their first five games by an average of 26.4 points. Last week, however, LSU scored just six points in a loss to then-No. 10 Florida. The Gators also rushed for 176 yards on a Tigers defense that was allowing less than half that total per game coming into the contest.
Despite that hiccup, the Tigers defense looks as strong as ever, ranking eighth in the nation in points allowed per game and not giving up more than 22 points in any contest.
But, while the offense is 42nd in the nation in scoring, much of those points came against subpar defenses. LSU averaged 45.75 points per game in its non-conference schedule, which included contests against FCS school Towson and an Idaho defense allowing 38 points per game.
Against the stingy defenses of the SEC, the Tigers have struggled. Besides scoring just six points against Florida, LSU managed only 12 points in its win over Auburn.
LSU has a 16-2-1 advantage all-time against their conference rivals. they have not played since 2007, when the No. 13 Tigers beat South Carolina, 24-17. In that game, the LSU defense was the story, as the unit held the Gamecocks to minus-7 yards of offense in the fourth quarter and forced three South Carolina turnovers. The Tigers outscored the Gamecocks 14-0 in the second half to pull out the win.