I’ll just write a brief intro to bring this current (some of which is a repeat from my blog from earlier this week), and I’ll also provide the updated records instead of what I had on the original blog (replaced by ellipses).
LSU is 18-2-1 against South Carolina all time, which now includes four wins in the Spurrier era. South Carolina won the first game between the two schools in 1930 and didn’t win the second until 1994 (its only win in Baton Rouge), then earning the tie in 1995.
This was the 9th time in the LSU/South Carolina series that the game was decided by 8 points or fewer, so LSU is 6-2-1 in such games against the Gamecocks.
If you’ll look at my LSU/Florida rivalry post, I included a list of the larger point totals in that series. In four of the five instances in which the Gators scored over 40 and two of the three instances in which they scored over 50 against the Tigers, Spurrier was their coach. Obviously this game yesterday was a huge game anyway, but it always adds a little extra to the spirit of LSU fans to have Spurrier there.
Spurrier has now fallen to 11-4 against LSU now that he has lost all three games against the Tigers since beginning in South Carolina. Spurrier is now 67 years old, so there may not be too many more games against LSU, particularly if the league sticks with the 6-1-1 format, which means that every year LSU would only play one of the 6 teams in the East apart from Spurrier’s alma mater, who the Tigers play every year. If they continue on the same rotation, LSU will not play South Carolina again until 2021. I have a feeling he won’t still be coaching at 76, but I guess it’s conceivable.
The following was originally posted on The Sporting News September 17, 2007.
The Gamecocks have won 6 of their last 7 SEC road games (7 of 8 overall), the only loss to Florida, 17-16, last season.
LSU has won 6 SEC games in a row, 7 SEC home games in a row, and 15 home games in a row overall. Since losing to Ron Zook’s Florida Gators in 2003, LSU has won 13 of 14 SEC home games and 25 of 26 home games overall. The one loss was the Monday night game against Tennessee in overtime in 2005.
Wins by South Carolina—1930 and 1994, each by 1 point. 1930 was the first meeting between the teams, so 1994, the first SEC game between the schools and first regular-season game since 1983, marked the end of a 12-game series winning streak by the Tigers. The 1994 win was the Gamecocks’ only in Baton Rouge in 9 attempts, fittingly in the last year of Curley Hallman’s tenure. Hallman, who coached 4 seasons, has the lowest winning percentage (36.4) of any LSU coach who coached 10 games or more. Hallman is now coaching at a high school in Alabama [he was fired in short order].
The teams played one game at a neutral site, the 1987 Gator Bowl, which the Tigers won, 30-13.
The teams tied in 1995, the last tie recorded by either team. LSU has since won 2 in a row (2002 and 2003). Of course, in those meetings, the head coaches were Nick Saban and Lou Holtz, not to be confused with Lou Saban and Skip Holtz.
Speaking of Nick Saban, after losing to Saban’s last Michigan St. team, 37-34, in the 1999 Citrus Bowl, Spurrier defeated Saban’s first two teams at LSU (2000 and 2001), 41-9 and 44-15, respectively. Despite this, in that last season Spurrier coached the Gators, LSU won the SEC, LSU’s first outright conference title in 15 years.
[At Florida,] Spurrier l[ed] his own series against LSU, 11-1. This includes 4-1 against LSU teams who would finish with winning records, and 3-1 against such teams in Baton Rouge.
LSU’s only win against [Florida under] Spurrier was in 1997. LSU was the first team to beat the Gators after their 1996 national championship, and Florida was 5-0 at the time. 1997 was also an odd year in that it was also his only year at UF that Spurrier lost to the Georgia Bulldogs. Those were the Gators’ only two losses on the year.
On the other hand, circumstances have changed in Tigerland since Spurrier left for the NFL. In the 4+ seasons since Spurrier left the Gators, LSU is 32-9 in conference regular-season games, 17-3 at home. LSU was 41-60-1 in conference games while Spurrier was at Florida, 23-28 at home.