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South Caroline-LSU Preview Capsule

No. 3 South Carolina (6-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 9 LSU (5-1, 1-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 2 ½.

Series Record: LSU leads 16-2-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina can maintain at least a share of the SEC East lead by remaining unbeaten in league play while enhancing national championship credentials that have grown with each victory. If LSU loses, it could drop out of the Top 10 and would need help to repeat as SEC West champions. A victory, however, would keep the Tigers in the national title discussion and allow them to win the West by winning out.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU's beleaguered offensive line against a South Carolina defensive front led by ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor. LSU lost starting LT Chris Faulk to a knee injury earlier this year, and fellow starting tackle Alex Hurt and starting guard Josh Williford both are hobbled and may not play. That could spell doom against Clowney and Taylor, who've combined for 15 ½ tackles for losses this season, including 10 ½ sacks.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

South Carolina: RB Marcus Lattimore appears to be well on his way to another 1,000-yard season with 549 yards rushing to go with nine TDs through the Gamecocks' first six games.

LSU: RB Spencer Ware was among LSU's top rushers last season and the physical tailback's effort during the past three games has gotten coach Les Miles' attention. Looking for a new spark in an offense that stalled last week at Florida, Miles has mentioned the possibility of using Ware, a former high school quarterback, in the wildcat formation.

FACTS & FIGURES

South Carolina is riding a school-record 10-game winning streak, also the longest streak among teams in major college football, one ahead of Alabama. ... The Gamecocks will try to improve to 7-0 for only the second time in school history and first time since 1984. ... The Gamecocks are facing their second Top 10 opponent in as many weeks after defeating then-No. 5 Georgia last weekend. Next week, they play No. 4 Florida. ... LSU rides the nation's longest home winning streak at 21 games, having not lost in Tiger Stadium since falling to Florida on Oct. 10, 2009. ... LSU is 10-1 vs. South Carolina at home, with the only loss coming in 1994 by a score of 18-17, marking the last time South Carolina has beaten the Tigers. ... LSU has not lost two straight games since the end of the 2008 regular season.