Four things to know about the pivotal matchup

The LSU Tigers (1-2) return to action this weekend as the defending national champions host the South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2).

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The Tigers were supposed to travel to Florida to face the Gators last week, but an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the game’s postponement.

Meanwhile, the Gamecocks come to Baton Rouge on a two-game winning streak, defeating Vanderbilt and then-No. 15 Auburn last week.

LSU’s last game occurred two weeks ago when the Tigers were upset by Missouri 45-41. Bo Pelini’s defense allowed 586 yards in the defeat.

Here are four things to know before this weekend’s SEC showdown.

LSU leads all-time series 18-2-1

These two teams don’t often play due to the Tigers being in the SEC West and the Gamecocks residing in the SEC East.

The two teams last played in 2015 when LSU defeated South Carolina 45-24 on a day where Derrius Guice and Leonard Fournette combined to rush for well over 300 yards.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was in his first year as the team’s defensive line coach in 2015. He would be promoted to interim head coach the following season.

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp was in-between head-coaching stints, having spent 2015 as defensive coordinator at Auburn.

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South Carolina RB Kevin Harris is the real deal

LSU’s run defense hasn’t been a major problem in 2020. It’s the pass defense that’s the issue. The Tigers currently rank No. 20 in run defense.

That could be put to the test this weekend as LSU faces South Carolina running Kevin Harris.

A 5-foot-10, 225-pound sophomore, Harris has rushed for 409 yards and six touchdowns through the first four weeks of the season. He is one of the better running backs in all of college football.

Harris is the rare power back who also possesses breakaway speed.

No Myles Brennan for LSU?

Orgeron spoke with the media on Wednesday and made it clear he doesn’t expect his junior quarterback to play on Saturday.

That means TJ Finley and Max Johnson, a pair of true freshmen, would get the call this weekend.

Orgeron didn’t say one way or the other which way he would lean but indicated he was confident in both Finley and Johnson. That means both quarterbacks will likely see the field against the Gamecocks.

Terrace Marshall Jr. vs. Jaycee Horn will be fun

Terrace Marshall Jr. is one of the best wide receivers in all of college football. The junior has dominated competition through LSU’s first three games in 2020.

Against South Carolina, Marshall will have his hands full. The Gamecocks have one of the better cornerbacks in the country in 6-foot-1 Jaycee Horn.

Horn earned SEC co-defensive player of the week last week for his performance in USC’s win over Auburn. Horn locked down Auburn star Seth Williams and also picked off two passes.

Marshall will be a prime target for whichever LSU passer is under center this weekend.


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