Of all the game footage that South Carolina's coaching staff and players will watch and break down in preparation for next week's SEC Championship Game against Auburn, the Gamecocks will be most interested in this week's Alabama-Auburn game.
Why? Because the Tide is about to show the 'Cocks a blueprint on how to defeat the Tigers.
Superficially, at least, Alabama and South Carolina are similar teams. Each has a decent if not always spectacular quarterback, each has a good running game and each has a bevy of wide outs who can make plays (and one standout WR).
Each has a legendary coach with national championship credentials.
In the first meeting between USC and Auburn, the Tigers prevailed by a touchdown, while 'Bama lost to the Gamecocks by two TDs.
But the Crimson Tide coaching staff has analyzed Auburn's season to date, and they know the team's weaknesses. Despite having the nuisance of having to play a scrimmage against Georgia State this past week, Alabama has had two weeks to get ready for Auburn.
This is how 'Bama will do it, and South Carolina will do well to follow the Tide's lead if they want to have any hope of representing the SEC in a BCS bowl.
So, get our your pens and pencils, coach Spurrier; class is in session.