Pressure mounts on 2nd ranked Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The pressure is all on No. 2 Alabama.

That's how South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier sees it. The 22nd-ranked Gamecocks visit the Crimson Tide on Saturday night.

South Carolina is a 17-point underdog. But Spurrier's team could well have something to say about that projected 1-2 Southeastern Conference championship game matchup between Alabama (6-0, 3-0) and Florida.

The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-1) host No. 1 Florida next month.

Spurrier and Tide coach Nick Saban have met twice before. Spurrier's last two Florida teams routed Saban and his first two LSU teams in 2000 and 2001.

South Carolina and Alabama both have aggressive defenses that have pounded opposing quarterbacks. Alabama has the nation's No. 2 defense while South Carolina is 15th.

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