East Carolina (1-0) at No. 9 South Carolina (1-0), 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)
Line: Oregon by 22.
Series Record: South Carolina 11-5.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
South Carolina hopes to avoid a second straight poor offensive showing and remain in the top 10, while East Carolina seeks to end a three-game losing streak to ranked opponents.
South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore against East Carolina's defensive line. Lattimore was the offensive bright spot in the Gamecocks 17-13 opening win at Vanderbilt on Aug. 30 with two touchdowns and 110 yards on the ground, earning the SEC's offensive player of the week honors. Lattimore rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns against the Pirates last September in South Carolina's 56-37 win. East Carolina allowed Appalachian State just 119 yards rushing in its opener last week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
East Carolina: QB Rio Johnson. Taking over for record-setting standout Dominique Davis, Johnson threw for 242 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 35-13 win over Appalachian State last Saturday.
South Carolina: DE Jadeveon Clowney had four tackles, including a sack and another stop behind the line of scrimmage as the Gamecocks defense gave up 276 yards. It was the fifth straight time South Carolina has held an opponent to less than 300 yards of offense.
FACTS & FIGURES
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is 44-0 against opponents outside the BCS automatic qualifying conferences. ... East Carolina's last trip to Columbia came in 1999, a 21-3 victory. The team had to remain for a week in South Carolina's capital due to flooding from Hurricane Floyd. ... Lattimore has rushed for 100 yards or more in nine games, tying him for fifth in school history with Duce Staley and Derek Watson. Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers is the school leader with 27. ... East Carolina is 5-22 against schools in the Southeastern Conference - all the victories coming against the Gamecocks.