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Tide, Gamecocks set for red zone smackdown

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina's offense has been hard to stop in the red zone. And that's where Alabama's defense has been at its best.

That makes for an interesting matchup in Saturday's game between the top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 19 Gamecocks.

No Southeastern Conference team has been better at cashing in on red zone trips than South Carolina. Steve Spurrier's offense has scored on all but one of 16 trips, including 13 touchdowns.

The Tide has allowed only eight scores and two touchdowns on 14 tries, the league's best red zone scoring percentage defensively. Perhaps the most impressive number: five forced turnovers in that condensed area of the field.

Alabama held Florida to one field goal on four trips inside the 20 in last weekend's 31-6 win.

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