COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's return to Southeastern Conference play will come on ESPN.

The network announced Monday it has picked up the Gamecocks' Sept. 25 game at Auburn. It will be a 7:45 p.m. kickoff.

The game pits two of the nation's top freshman running backs, USC's Marcus Lattimore and Auburn's Michael Dyer.

No. 16 Auburn (2-0, 1-0 SEC) defeated Mississippi State in its SEC opener this past Thursday. It hosts Clemson on Saturday, with ESPN's GameDay coming to the Plains.

No. 13 South Carolina (2-0, 1-0) took down then-No. 22 Georgia on Saturday, behind Lattimore's big performance. The Gamecocks host Furman this week (7 p.m., pay-per-view).

After rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Georgia, the SEC named Lattimore a co-offensive player of the week, as well as freshman of the week.

The 182 yards are the most by a South Carolina runner since the 2000 season. Through two games, Lattimore has rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns.

Brian Maddox led USC last season with six touchdowns. Kenny Miles led the team with 626 yards.

The Post and Courier research showed Lattimore broke 29 Georgia tackles and picked up 127 yards after initial contact on his 38 touches. (South Carolina says Lattimore broke 42 Bulldogs tackles.)

Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo discredited Lattimore's effort, saying he "wasn't very tough."

But a third-party observer, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, thought more of Lattimore. (Petrino's Hogs play at Georgia this week.)

"South Carolina's running back made a lot of people miss, broke a lot of tackles," Petrino said. "It's not like there wasn't people there. He was pretty impressive running the ball."

The afternoon was enough to land the Duncan native on several Heisman Watch lists, including those on ESPN and

The Gamecocks were last in the SEC in rushing in each of the past three seasons. They're currently rated sixth in the league - 33rd in the country.

Also receiving votes

South Carolina wasn't the only team making a move in the polls this week.

After a 45-15 season-opening victory against Colgate, Furman is now 24th in the Football Championship Subdivision poll.

That's somewhat significant since two teams ranked in the FCS poll have already pulled huge upsets this season.

Jacksonville State took down Ole Miss in double overtime in Week 1. James Madison stunned Virginia Tech last weekend.

Those teams are in the FCS top five now. Furman's SoCon rival, Appalachian State, is currently No. 2.

Injury report

Spur Antonio Allen (hamstring) was limited Monday, but is expected to play this week. WLB Shaq Wilson (hamstring) could return by the Auburn game.

DT Kenny Davis (wrist) and OT Hutch Eckerson (ankle) were held out Monday, as was OG Terrence Campbell (ankle).

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