South Carolina vs Florida
When: Saturday October 20, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
The battle for the SEC East crown is at stake on Saturday at the “Swamp.” South Carolina looks to recuperate from their loss at LSU with a big win at Florida. The undefeated Gators have been getting better every week off the strength of their running game. Home teams have really taken advantage of the visitors the past few weeks in SEC play. Florida plans to keep rolling with smash mouth football to slow down the Gamecocks pass rush. The only downer to this game is that they both aren’t undefeated at game time. South Carolina has a couple players suffering from the flu bug. Stay tuned for more updates regarding the team illness.
Their offense took a step back on the road at LSU. Connor Shaw’s big interception in the fourth quarter completely changed the momentum of the game. Coach Spurrier went away from the running game in the second half. Expect the Gamecocks to be a little more balance against Florida on Saturday. Marcus Lattimore is a little banged up, and may not start for South Carolina.
The defense seemed to wear down late in the game under the pressure of the LSU running game. They didn’t have the same energy as the game progressed. The front seven is going to deal with another ground and pound attack by Florida. To win this game, the defense has to strike first and not get on its heels.
Even with their undefeated record, the offense is not all that impressive. They stick to what they do best, which is running the ball. If they fall behind by a sizable margin, it will be tough for the Gators to come back. Gillislee leads the team in rushing, but quarterback Jeff Driskel has to be productive on the ground as well.
The Gator defense doesn’t give up much in any category. Their offensive opponents have been slightly overstated as a whole. Some of the teams have been down right atrocious on the year, so I’m not sure how great this defense is. They really clamp down in the second half of games. They have a real chance to create turnovers if they force South Carolina into passing situations. A low scoring game favors Florida.
Florida is at home and ranked number 2 in the BCS. Too bad Florida is not the second best team in the nation, let alone in the SEC. South Carolina has to face their demons on the road and get this win if they want any chance of playing in the conference championship. Overall, the Gamecocks look like the better team, but Florida is playing at home. This game will come down to the last possession.
South Carolina 24
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