GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida returns home to The Swamp for senior day Saturday, hosting a rapidly improving South Carolina team while looking to prove something of its own.
The No. 22 Gators (6-2, 4-2 SEC) are coming off a stinging, humbling and literally painful 31-10 loss at Arkansas that not only knocked them out of the College Football Playoff rankings but cost them two starting linebackers, a quarterback, a center and a defensive end to injury.
Florida’s defense will be tested without star linebackers Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone, but the spotlight remains at quarterback where backup Austin Appleby will make his third start of the season and first since early October in place of Luke Del Rio.
The Gamecocks (5-4, 3-4), meanwhile, have won three straight games since turning to true freshman quarterback Jake Bentley.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 11 matchup.
What time is kickoff?
When: Saturday, Noon ET
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
What TV channel is showing the game?
CBS is televising the game and you can watch it online here.
Who is calling the game for CBS?
Brad Nessler is handling the play-by-play call, Aaron Taylor is the analyst and John Schriffen is the sideline reporter.
3 things you should know
1. Only two men have ever been the head football coach at both Florida and South Carolina and both will be in the stadium Saturday. First-year Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp coached Florida from 2011-14, going 28-21. And Steve Spurrier, who is back at Florida as an ambassador and consultant, is the all-time winningest coach for both the Gators (122-27-1) and the Gamecocks (86-49). He retired at South Carolina midway through last season.
2. Florida turns to Appleby at quarterback for the second time this season with Del Rio sidelined by a shoulder injury. Del Rio was at risk of losing his job based on performance as well. Appleby started two games for the Gators when Del Rio was sidelined earlier this season, going 1-1 at Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He has completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 470 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Coach Jim McElwain has said he won’t hesitate to turn to true freshman Feleipe Franks if needed, though.
3. South Carolina is unbeaten since Bentley took over at quarterback, winning three straight games against Massachusetts, Tennessee and Missouri. The true freshman has completed 73 percent of his passes for 622 yards, 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.