COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Auburn's Michael Dyer and South Carolina's
Marcus Lattimore hoped to share Southeastern Conference success and the same backfield.
Instead, the friends and rising star tailbacks will settle for
an SEC title showdown at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.
Despite different roles, both have had had major impacts on
their division-winning teams.
Lattimore is the second in SEC rushing yards per game behind
Newton as No. 18 South Carolina's featured back. He was the
Gamecocks first to surpass 1,000 yards in 10 years. Dyer has fewer
yards as he splits carries in an exceptionally talented backfield
for No. 2 Auburn (12-0).
Lattimore nearly joined Auburn, but chose his home state school
and set up a running rivalry that might electrify the SEC the next
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