Franklin missed last week's 24-20 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils with shoulder inflammation, and the Associated Press reported earlier this week that Franklin said he was feeling pretty good about his status for Saturday, giving himself a 9 on a one-to-10 scale of health.
Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser filled in for Franklin against the Sun Devils. He threw for 198 yards and an interception, and he also rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown.
South Carolina is facing a quarterback decision of its own. First-stringer Connor Shaw has been cleared to play, and head coach Steve Spurrier told the AP on Friday he'd play, but one hit could knock him out. Shaw was injured in the Gamecocks' season opener against the Vanderbilt Commodores on Aug. 30 and missed the next week's game against the East Carolina Pirates. Shaw played the following week against the UAB Blazers, but a hard hit just before halftime sidelined him for the rest of the game.
Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson is 26 of 50 for 507 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Tigers kick off against South Carolina on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT on CBS.