The last meeting of these two teams ended with the Auburn Tigers embarrassing Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks in last year’s SEC Championship game, 56-17.
The tables are considerably turned in 2011, with the Tigers fielding a young and growing group of football players, and the team that won the BCS National Championship is all but gone.
That doesn't mean they can't pose a threat to the 2011 South Carolina team, but the Gamecocks of this year are almost intact from last year.
They are 4-0 on the season with wins over East Carolina, Georgia, Navy and Vanderbilt. That part of the schedule itself begs the question: Have they really faced a good team and are they the powerhouse that rates them a No. 10 spot in the AP Poll?
Maybe, maybe not. The game with Auburn this weekend could help decide some of that, as they will definitely want to provide some payback for last year’s loss—at least in Steve Spurrier’s mind. Whether he can communicate that same passion to his team is still up in the air.
But, there are some things about South Carolina that should be looked at—some good, some bad. And, that perspective is all in the eye of the beholder.