The line for South Carolina’s game at Florida is starting to move toward the Gamecocks a little bit.
Florida opened as a 13.5-point favorite against Gamecocks. It was more than a two-touchdown spread in some places. ESPN’s David Purdum told The State’s Josh Kendall, however, that the spread is down to 11 or 10 points almost everywhere, as much as a five-point swing.
That shift is likely due to the Gators’ quarterback situation. Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that backup QB Austin Appleby would get the start against the Gamecocks after Luke Del Rio suffered a shoulder injury against Arkansas.
McElwain said true freshman Feleipe Franks would be the backup and get some snaps too.
“At some of the offshore books the opening line was as high as 15 on Florida,” Purdum said. “Now with the quarterback change it seems to be coming down. I would say this number would be higher if Del Rio was still there.”
Appleby, a graduate transfer from Purdue, has two starts this season against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He has completed 61.1 percent of his passes in 2016 for 470 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.