South Carolina's SEC schedule will, mercifully, come to an end Saturday afternoon. The Gamecocks have not beaten an FBS team since the unconvincing win over Vanderbilt back in September, but an upset victory over the Gators could be the spark needed to propel USC back to a bowl.
This matchup features two teams heading in completely different directions. Florida, winners of two straight (including over #11 Georgia), seem to be on track to possibly save Muschamp's job and make a decent bowl. South Carolina, losers of four straight SEC games, badly needs a win over a quality opponent to stop rumors of losing some of it's own coaching staff.
As we all know, Spurrier is going to do everything in his power to walk out of the Swamp victorious. Trick plays, visor throws, and a hilarious halftime interview are all very likely, making for an entertaining afternoon.
How to witness
12:00 p.m. ET, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Gainesville, FL)
Channel: SEC Network
Play-by-play: Dave Neal
Analysis: Andre Ware
Sideline: Laura Rutledge
Channel: Gamecock IMG Sports Network
Play-by-play: Todd Ellis
Analysis: Tommy Suggs
Sideline: Langston Moore
Rankings and records: South Carolina is 4-5 (2-5) and is unranked in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll. Florida is 5-3 (4-3), and is also unranked in both polls, but is receiving one vote in the USA Today poll.
Vegas: Florida is an 7-point favorite.
Weather forecast: Upper 60's, Sunny.
What's at stake
While South Carolina would love nothing more than to finish it's SEC schedule on a high note, this game is undoubtedly more important to Florida. Amazingly, the Gators can still capture the SEC East with some help, and a win over USC. While South Carolina can't win the division, keeping the Gators from reaching Atlanta would be a nice consolation prize.
Two big matchups
South Carolina Defensive Line vs. Florida's Quarterbacks: No matter who Florida puts in at QB, Treon Harris or Jeff Driskel, they will certainly try to gain a lot of yardage by running right at the Carolina defensive front. This makes sense, since Coach Ward has still not found a way to slow down running quarterbacks or the wildcat. If Florida is able to put together long, time-consuming drives, keeping the potent Carolina offense on the sidelines, USC will be looking at a 2-6 SEC record.
Florida's Secondary vs. Dylan Thompson: If South Carolina is going to beat Florida, it is critical that Dylan Thompson plays a solid game. Unfortunately, Thompson has three interceptions in each of his last two away games. Furthermore, Florida has a secondary that has the potential to give Thompson his toughest test all season. Even a few turnovers could prove too much for USC to overcome.