Florida vs. South Carolina Prediction, Game Preview

    Florida vs. South Carolina prediction and game preview. The Gators look to improve to 9-1 as they travel to Columbia to take on the Gamecocks.

    November 10, 2015


    Will Florida (8-1) take its foot off the gas after taking the East and being off to the SEC title game? There’s no time for that – it’s deep in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot. As horrible as this season has been for South Carolina (3-6) it can still go bowling by winning out – there’s always a chance. Check out the Florida vs. South Carolina game preview and prediction.

    Florida vs. South Carolina Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
    Game Time: 12:00 pm
    Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

    Network: ESPN

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    Why You Need To Care

    Can South Carolina ever find a rainbow? The Gamecocks are still playing during a year of quitting, giving it a great try in losses on the road to Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road. There’s still time to get to a bowl game, but that’s not going to happen for a team with no offense and a struggling D that can’t seem to come up with a key stop. While this might be a lost year, USC has the unique chance to play mega-spoiler – beat Florida this week, and that’s it for the SEC East champs’ shot at the playoff. Beat Clemson in three weeks, and that changes the entire College Football Playoff landscape.

    The Gators can’t mail this in – and they’re not going to after needing everything in the bag to slip past Vanderbilt 9-7. This used to be the big game to beat the Ball Coach, but now it’s to take one step forward to a possible playoff season. Win this, and then it’s at home against Florida Atlantic and then Florida State before facing – probably – Alabama in the SEC title game. Jim McElwain is just four wins away from the playoff, but that’s not happening without more of an offense.

    Why Florida Will Win

    The D is absolutely dealing. Tennessee and LSU ran on the Gators, but that’s it – South Carolina doesn’t have a Josh Dobbs or a Leonard Fournette. No, Vanderbilt doesn’t have a passing game, but the Florida secondary was still outstanding allowing just 3-of-14 passes for 30 yards a week after coming up with four picks against Georgia. South Carolina’s offense isn’t miserable, and it showed up over the last few games, but the passing game isn’t going anywhere.

    Why South Carolina Will Win

    Uhhhh, Florida? The offense? Vanderbilt might have a solid D, but these are the SEC East Champion Florida Gators – they’re supposed to run for more than 93 yards at home. Treon Harris has been okay, but there’s no real downfield passing game and there aren’t enough good plays to keep things moving. The offense has gone ultra-conservative at times – don’t make mistakes, let the D win – but if South Carolina can somehow jump out to an early lead and make Florida press, this could get tight.

    Player Who Matters

    Perry Orth has settled the Gamecocks down a little bit. He’s not a special quarterback, and he’s not going to bomb away, but he’s thrown for 200 yards or more in three of the last four games – unlike Florida’s passing game, Orth was able to move the ball through the air with 272 yards – and he can run a little bit, too. For a team that needs bright spots, relatively speaking, he’s been one of them.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    This would’ve been the really fun game to see what Spurrier could’ve done. South Carolina has become far more dangerous over the past few weeks, especially considering Florida’s offensive woes. But the Gator defense will do its job once again, while the offense will be pound, pound, and pound some more. The SEC champs will look all Muschampey again.

    Florida vs. South Carolina Prediction

    Final Score: Florida 21, South Carolina 16, Line: Florida -7.5, o/u: 46

    Must See Rating:5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 3

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