Rebound Needed as Gators Close Out Home Slate vs. South Carolina
The Florida Gators will say goodbye to their seniors and hello to a former coach on the same day as South Carolina comes to the Swamp on Saturday. Kick-off for the Gators and Gamecocks is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally once again on CBS. The Baltimore Gator Club will host its weekly Watch Party for the contest so come out bright and early to cheer on the Orange and Blue against South Carolina and Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp.
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Florida (6-2, 4-2 SEC) fell behind early after a pick-six on its first offensive play and never fully recovered in a depressing 31-10 road loss at Arkansas last weekend. With a chance to tighten their grasp on the SEC title, the Gators fell flat against the revved up Razorbacks. The UF offense managed just 241 yards and 13 first downs as quarterback Luke Del Rio struggled mightily, throwing two interceptions and getting sacked three times.
South Carolina (5-4, 3-4 SEC) defended its home turf last week, handling Missouri, 31-21, to run its win streak up to three consecutive games. Behind the consistent play of quarterback Jake Bentley who completed 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards and two scores, and a breakout run game courtesy of Rico Dowdle (149 yards and one touchdown), the Gamecocks put themselves in a position to challenge Florida for the division crown.
After dropping three games in a row to Kentucky, Texas A&M, and Georgia in the middle of the year, USC has bounced back by defeating UMass (34-28), Tennessee (24-21), and Missouri.
Under then first-year head coach Jim McElwain, Florida defeated South Carolina in Columbia last season to lock up an undefeated season against the SEC East. The win bumped UF’s lead in the all-time series up to 25-8-3. The Gamecocks won in their last trip to Gainesville, however, claiming a 23-20 overtime victory that all but sealed Muschamp’s fate as the Gators’ coach. Overall, though, the Gators have won 13 of 15 meetings in the Swamp.