COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expected star running back Marcus Lattimore back in the starting lineup this week against Tennessee.
Lattimore missed several practices last week with a hip bruise and got only three carries for 13 yards in a 44-11 loss to No. 3 Florida this past Saturday.
Spurrier said Sunday it didn’t make sense to send Lattimore back into the game and risk aggravating the injury once the Gators opened a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) rushed for just 36 yards. Kenny Miles started for Lattimore at The Swamp and finished with 15 yards. Freshman Mike Davis was the team leader with 20 yards on the ground.
BCS: Kansas State moved ahead of Oregon and up to No. 3 on Sunday behind SEC rivals Alabama and Florida.
The Wildcats’ big victory Saturday at West Virginia was enough to nudge them past the Ducks, who are No. 2 in both polls but are getting held back by computer ratings that lag behind the other highly ranked teams.
The Crimson Tide (.9625) is still solidly in first.
AUBURN: Coach Gene Chizik said he has confidence in his assistants and that he feels “a very, very high sense of responsibility” to Tigers fans.
The Tigers (1-6, 0-5 SEC) are off to their worst start in 60 years and have the nation’s 119th-rated offense.
Chizik said his assistants will be evaluated at season’s end, as usual.
“At the end of every year we go back and we evaluate everything that everybody does, just like we’ve done every year that I’ve been here,” he said. “We’ve got five games left. Our one focus for the next five weeks is nothing but trying to win a game, and that’s it.”
OKLAHOMA STATE: Starting quarterback J.W. Walsh will miss the rest of the season because of a knee injury that he was able to play through while throwing for a career-high 415 yards in a win over Iowa State on Saturday.
IDAHO: Fired coach Robb Akey with the team 1-7 and coming off a blowout loss to Louisiana Tech.