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Gamecocks look for first-ever win against number one team

By Rick Henry - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina football team has an opportunity to make history Saturday when they host Alabama. They're hoping to beat a number one team for the first time ever.

For the second straight year, the Gamecocks will host the nation's number one team. Carolina lost by 10 points last season to the Florida Gators.

Saturday's meeting with Alabama will be USC's fifth game against a top-ranked team, with the Gamecocks currently 0-4 against number one teams. Alabama (5-0, 2-0) has won 19 straight games, including last week's 31-6 victory over Florida.

Last year against Alabama, the game was barely one minute old when the Crimson Tide's Mark Barron picked off a Stephen Garcia pass and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown. Alabama was ranked number two at the time, and went on to defeat South Carolina 20-6.
      
Turnovers also hurt USC in their most recent game this season. They gave the ball away four times in the fourth quarter in an eight-point loss at Auburn.

Spurrier's next Southeastern Conference win would be his 107th and move him out a tie for second with Ole Miss great Johnny Vaught. Alabama icon Paul "Bear" Bryant is the all-time leader with 159 league wins.

This weekend's game will start at 3:30pm at Williams-Brice Stadium, and will be televised on CBS. ESPN College GameDay will also be broadcasting from the Horseshoe. Look for full coverage on WIS News 10 and WIStv.com.

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