BATON ROUGE, La. —
The Tigers have also won a school record 21 straight at home. They haven’t lost in Tiger stadium since Oct. 10, 2009, against then-No. 1 Florida, led by Tim Tebow.
“We can’t lose any more or our national championship hopes are gone. We’ve got to buckle down and just get to it,” said LSU linebacker Kevin Minter, whose 20 tackles and forced fumble at Florida earned him SEC co-defensive player of the week honors. “South Carolina — they’re such an incredible team. If we win this game it would give us a little more momentum going into the rest of the season.”
The Gamecocks are looking pretty good on offense, too, after rolling past then No. 5 Georgia 35-7 last weekend. Marcus Lattimore rushed for 110 yards and a score against the Bulldogs, while dual-threat quarterback Connor Shaw passed for two TDs and ran for another.
That game was at home, though. LSU will pose a tougher test. The Tigers rank third in the nation in total defense, second in pass defense and eighth in scoring defense.
Shaw isn’t even sure how much his foot speed will help.
“Those guys are just as fast as me,” Shaw said. “I don’t think I’m going to get out of the pocket like I usually do. I’m just going to have my eyes downfield and get the passing game going.”