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What they’re saying: predictions for Saturday
With the Gators being hit with the injury bug, Vegas seems to have a little more confidence in the Gamecocks — the line opened at Florida -15 and now it is all the way down to -11.
Though South Carolina might have the shorter injury report and the line has gone down, let’s not lose sight of the fact that the team is still a double-digit underdog.
Campus Insiders feels good about the Gamecocks’ chances to cover but still picks the Gators to win, 23-13:
“(Jake) Bentley will have a learning experience against the talented Florida defense, as he will make a couple of mistakes that cost the Gamecocks the game.”
Chip Patterson from CBS Sports likes the Gamecocks to cover, if not pull off the straight-up upset. Patterson points out that the game could come down to Bentley, USC’s freshman QB, vs. UF’s talented secondary:
“The Gators’ secondary will probably break his turnover-free streak, but if those interceptions aren’t returned for touchdowns, I would even give the Gamecocks a decent shot to pull the upset.”
Any confidence from the ESPN bunch? The blog where South Carolina still occupies the No. 12 position in the SEC Power Rankings:
Call me Sam Khan III because I too am taking the Gamecocks, 28-20.
We’ll close on a high note, another upset prediction, but this one coming from someone not wearing garnet glasses. Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee is calling for the Gamecocks to win outright:
South Carolina vs. Florida: 2014 and now
Last time these two teams faced off in The Swamp, Steve Spurrier was calling the plays for the Gamecocks and Will Muschamp was leading the Gators.
My how things can change in just two short years.
Now, both find themselves on the opposite sidelines, the HBC in an ambassador role with his alma mater and Muschamp in his first season with the Gamecocks.
The South Carolina/Florida game on Saturday has no shortage of stories and intrigue. Even though both teams are unranked, it’s one of the more anticipated Carolina games in recent memory — with the Gamecocks hoping to serve up some sweet revenge.
Many South Carolina fans blame Spurrier for the program’s downtown in 2014 and 2015 — pointing to his alleged country club atmosphere for allowing complacency to set in.
After being unceremoniously dumped by Florida following a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina, Muschamp was labeled a failure by fans and media alike. “If he can’t succeed at Florida, what makes you think he could do it anywhere else?” they said.
Beyond their bowl hopes and SEC East title dreams, Muschamp and the Gamecocks have plenty to play for Saturday.
Sure, I’d love a spot in the SEC Championship, but more than anything, I just want to see the underdog come out on top.
In case you missed it
- South Carolina is getting a major upgrade with its new Football Operations facility.
- Garnet & Black Attack asks: “Can the Gamecocks run the table?”
- Senior Chris Moody has been critical to the secondary’s success this year, says The State.
- From the Post and Courier, OL Donnell Stanley could be on track for a medical redshirt.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 10, 2016
- The appeal of the Mannequin Challenge is lost on me, but this one from Frank Martin’s squad is tremendous:
— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) November 10, 2016
- Catching up with South Carolina basketball’s new play-by-play man.
- Men’s basketball picked up a big (literally) signing on Thursday with Myrtle Beach center Jason Cudd sending in his national letter of intent.
- Guard Sindarius Thornwell got some much-deserved love on Thursday when he was named to the coaches’ Preseason All-SEC team.
The nonrev report
- The No. 1-seeded women’s soccer team takes on Alabama State in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.
- Women’s cross country prepares for the NCAA Southeast regionals.
— Gamecock W. Soccer (@GamecockWSoccer) November 10, 2016
Pharoh Cooper needs to be at every game.
Going through photos from South Carolina's 5-game homestead. From the post-game celebration versus Tennessee… pic.twitter.com/7E4sq0082C
— Hale McGranahan (@Hale_AJC) November 10, 2016
Bryan Edwards and Chris Lammons arguing over the Heisman is everything.
@Edwards_Bryan4 bra really
— Chris Lammons (@Lammons_1) November 9, 2016
People forget DB Chris Moody was planning to transfer from USC in the spring.
— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) November 5, 2016
Oh, Zack Bailey, how we’ve missed you.
One man's pleasure is another man's pain. Working to get better everyday, every play! Go Gamecocks! pic.twitter.com/meKz5nSefc
— Shawn Elliott USC (@ShawnElliottUSC) November 8, 2016
Gamecocks’ world champ
The women’s soccer team, fresh of a regular-season SEC title and No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, continues to hold the strap. The two-week reign is the longest in the belt’s four week history.
The team is in the midst of an impressive run, but a certain freshman quarterback in nipping at its heels, with a prime opportunity to take the top spot with a win Saturday in Gainesville.
Make more throws like this (below) and Bentley might be adding Gamecocks’ world champ to his long list of accolades.