After an expected win at Vanderbilt followed by a victory over a ranked opponent at home, South Carolina hopes its preparation after the Auburn win will lead to a win over the Tigers from Baton Rouge.
LSU is starting freshman quarterback TJ Finley with fellow true freshman Max Johnson standing by. Junior quarterback Myles Brennan who has been LSU's starter behind center suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to Missouri and likely would not have played last week at Florida if that game had been contested.
With the Gators dealing with COVID-19 issues, LSU received an impromptu open date which gave the two freshmen quarterbacks additional preparation time.
After forcing three Auburn interceptions, two by Jaycee Horn, the Gamecock defense will get plenty of opportunities against an LSU offense that Will Muschamp says forces a defense to cover the entire field.
On the defensive side of the ball ofr LSU, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini has some history with the Gamecocks. He was the head coach at Nebraska who lost to South Carolina in the 2012 Capital One Bowl in Orlando. The Gamecocks defeat the Cornhuskers 30-13.