Week Eight of college football continues as #9 Florida travels to Williams-Brice Stadium to play against South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 12:00 P.M. This will be the 40th meeting between these two teams. These two teams have not met since last season when the Gators narrowly beat the Gamecocks at home by a score of 35-31.
Gators Look To Keep Playoff Hopes AliveFlorida enters this game with a solid 6-1 record as it lost on the road to #2 LSU last week. However, despite the 14 point difference, Florida was actually hanging tough with LSU for most of the game and was on the cusp of potentially pulling off the road upset before falling a bit short. Now, Florida is still ranked in the top-ten so its season is not over. However, Florida will need to win every game from here on out in order to have any hypothetical chance of making it into the College Football Playoff. Luckily for the Gators, they are favored in this game so perhaps they will be able to avoid losing consecutive conference games.
Leading the Gators offensively is senior running back Lamical Perine who has been solid this season. Specifically, he has 392 rushing yards along with four rushing touchdowns. In addition, he has also been very effective in the passing game as he has 105 receiving yards along with two receiving touchdowns. However, he only had 79 total yards last week against LSU so look for him to come out extremely focused in this game.
Florida's biggest threat on defense is junior defensive back Shawn Davis who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has a team-high three interceptions along with 25 tackles. In addition, he is also a serious threat when it comes to returning interceptions as he has an impressive 111 interception yards. Davis has the ability to make game-changing plays and South Carolina should try to avoid throwing his way at all costs.
"Everything we want to do is out in front of us,” Florida head coach Dan Mullen told the media in Gainesville Monday. “We’ll see what our attitude is like this week. You don’t win or lose the game on Saturday. You win or lose the game during the week with how you prepare. Look at the mistake we made last year with 2 losses in a row. How are we going to respond and fix our mistakes so that doesn’t happen again?”
South Carolina Looks For Another UpsetWill Muschamp has the Gamecocks in great form headed into this game. Despite having just a 3-3 record, South Carolina pulled off a massive upset last week. Specifically, South Carolina managed to beat #3 Georgia on the road in double overtime. In addition, South Carolina was projected to lose by about three touchdowns but managed to shutdown Georgia's offense in order to pull off the biggest upset up to this point in the college football season. Now, South Carolina gets to return home to face another top ten team in conference play. However, it will be an underdog once again on Saturday so one will have to wait and see if the Gamecocks can duplicate last week's performance.
Leading the Gamecocks offensively is freshman quarterbackRyan Hilinski who has looked solid so far this season. Specifically, Hilinski has thrown for 1,028 passing yards along with six passing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown three interceptions and has been sacked eight times. To make matters worse, he actually left last week's game early due to a knee injury. Initial reports suggest that he should be able to play in this game but one has to wonder just how much the injury will impact his play.
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South Carolina's biggest threat on defense is senior defensive linemanJavon Kinlaw who has been great through the first six games. So far this season, he has a team-high five sacks along with a team-high two fumble recoveries. Kinlaw played a huge role in South Carolina's victory last week as he recorded a sack along with four total tackles. Look for him to build on that performance on Saturday.
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Gators are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Home team is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.