Week 11: No. 22 Florida vs. No. 23 South Carolina

By Adam Silverstein
November 13, 2010

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 61°F, clear skies
Time: 7:15 p.m. (EST)

TV: ESPN/ESPNHD
Sirius/XM: 219/199
Online Video: ESPN3.com
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No. 22 FLORIDA GATORS No. 23 USC GAMECOCKS
Head Coach: Urban Meyer Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Record: 6-3 (4-3) Record: 6-3 (4-3)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
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Odds: Florida -6.5; O/U 51.5

HISTORY and STREAKS

» Florida leads the all-time series 23-4-3 against South Carolina, are an undefeated 12-0 in Gainesville and 4-1 since Meyer took over.
» In their last three games against the Gamecocks, the Gators have won by an average of 23.3 points including a 56-6 thumping two years ago in The Swamp.
» With a win Saturday, UF would sweep the SEC East for the third straight season and 11th time since divisions were created in 1992. The contest is a de facto SEC East title game with the winner representing the division in the 2010 SEC Championship.
» Florida is tied for the national lead with 17 interceptions on the season. Seven have been returned for more than 30 yards – three for touchdowns.
» UF is back in the BCS, Associated Press and USA Today top 25 after being unranked in all three for the first time under Meyer. The Gators had been listed in every poll since he took over in 2005 until they lost to Mississippi State two weeks ago.
» Florida and South Carolina outrank each other in two of the four major statistical averages. UF is 77th in passing yards (200.4), 51th in rushing yards (158.8), 38th in points scored (31.3) and 23rd in points against (19.6) compared to USC being 39th in passing yards (248.7), 73rd in rushing yards (146.7), 50th in points scored (29.4) and 41st in points against (21.9). Both teams defeated Georgia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee this season, though Florida defeated Kentucky (South Carolina lost 31-28) and the Gators lost to Alabama whom the Gamecocks beat (35-21).
» The Gators’ offense has seen 15 different players overall score a touchdown this year – including defense and special teams.
» Florida is the only school in the nation that has four players with at least three interceptions. Overall, eight Gators have at least one interception.
» UF under Meyer is 41-1 when holding an opponent under 16 points, 29-3 when shutting an opponent out in the fourth quarter, 38-3 when holding an opponent to 35 percent or less on third down, 38-2 when giving up two or less big plays (15-yard run/25-yard pass) and 33-3 when the Gators defense scores or creates three turnovers.
» South Carolina’s Spurrier is arguably the most accomplished coach in Florida history with a 122-27-1 record at the school (most wins in history) along with six SEC titles and a national title. As a player, he won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback.
» Steve Spurrier, Jr., G.A. Mangus and Jamie Speronis were all former Gators coaches; Mangus was also a QB at UF from 1988-91.
» John Brantley and Gamecocks players Antonio Allen and Dion LeCorn all player for Ocala Trinity High School; Brantley was also born in Columbia, S.C.

KEEP AN EYE ON…

FLORIDA
» Redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley…who had thrown 156 consecutive passes without an interception dating back to 2009, now has a 8-6 TD/INT ratio this season after throwing two touchdowns last week. He has completed 156-of-251 passes (62.2 percent) for 1,616 yards and has a passer rating of 122.0.
» Freshman QB Trey Burton and redshirt freshman tight end Jordan Reed…both of whom will spell Brantley at quarterback in Florida’s new three-QB system. Burton set a school record and SEC freshman record by scoring six touchdowns in a single game against Kentucky. He has 10 scores on the season, has played five positions and is second on the team in rushing (55 carries for 278 yards). Reed got his first meaningful snaps behind center last week, going 11-of-19 for 120 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He also ran 16 times for 84 yards with another score.
» Junior running back Jeff Demps…who is averaging 6.3 yards per carry and still leads the Gators in rushing (488 yards) after missing two full games and being limited in four others. He was Florida’s leading rusher in its first five games of the season.
» Redshirt junior wide receiver Chris Rainey..who returned to action for the first time in over a month against Georgia and has 23 carries for 108 yards (along with 12 receptions for 118 yards) and two touchdowns this year.
» Sophomore WR Frankie Hammond, Jr.…who is quickly becoming one of Florida’s most important pass catchers. He was the team’s leading receiver against Mississippi State and caught three passes for 46 yards against Georgia and another three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown against Vanderbilt the following week.
» Senior punter Chas Henry…who is the end-all be-all of Florida’s kicking game now that he has taken over for junior Caleb Sturgis (back) as the team’s field goal kicker. Henry had missed five-straight field goal attempts (one negated by penalty) before nailing back-to-back kicks in the fourth quarter and overtime two weeks ago.
» Florida’s secondary…which has intercepted 13 balls this season including one last week against Vanderbilt. Starters senior safety Ahmad Black (three), junior CB Janrois Jenkins (three), redshirt sophomore CB Jeremy Brown (three), and junior S Will Hill (three) have accounted for all but one of the unit’s picks.
» Black…who has led Florida in tackles six times this season: vs. LSU (13), Georgia (12), Miami (10), Mississippi State (10), USF (8) and Vanderbilt (4). He is tops on the team overall with 77 tackles, including six for loss.

SOUTH CAROLINA
» WR Alshon Jeffrey…one of the best pass catchers in college who leads the SEC with 114.9 yards and seven touchdowns.
» RB Marcus Lattimore…who ranks second in the SEC in rushing average with 94.0 yards per game to go along with 11 touchdowns.
» QB Stephen Garcia…who has taken over the starting job and thrown for 2,065 yards on 151-of-223 passing with a 14-9 TD/INT ratio. Garcia also has 140 rushing yards on 69 attempts along with four touchdowns.

INJURIES

Active
Junior RB Jeff Demps (foot), redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jaye Howard, redshirt freshman WR Andre Debose (ankle)

Inactives
Redshirt sophomore LT Matt Patchan (broken wrist), junior K Caleb Sturgis (back), sophomore LB Dee Finley (fractured collarbone), freshmen RB Mack Brown, WRs Quinton Dunbar and Chris Dunkley (hamstrings)

FLORIDA ON ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY

The match-up between the Gators and Gamecocks will be heavily featured during ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. on ESPNU (hosted by Erin Andrews) and continuing from 10 a.m. until noon on ESPN. An entire segment of Saturday’s main program will be dedicated specifically to the Florida-South Carolina match-up with video packages and analysis from the show’s three hosts – Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit. The trio – along with a guest – will also be picking the game in the show’s final segment.

Read OGGOA’s Florida Gators vs. USC Gamecocks preview after the jump!

No. 22 Florida Gators vs. No. 23 USC Gamecocks Preview

A trip to the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship is on the line Saturday as the Head Ball Coach Steve Spurrier brings the No. 23 South Carolina Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3 SEC) back to Gainesville, FL, to face the No. 22 Florida Gators (6-3, 4-3 SEC) on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Last Sunday, Florida head coach Urban Meyer urged the always rowdy crowd at The Swamp to show their passion by wearing all blue to the game. His players jumped on board immediately and it has been a championship game atmosphere in Gainesville all week leading up to the two teams fighting for the SEC East title.

The Gators are undefeated at home against the Gamecocks having won all 12 times the teams have faced-off previously. South Carolina has never won the SEC East and is attempting to prevent Florida from capturing the title for the 11th time.

Catch the Gators’ 10th game of the season live on television on the ESPN, online at ESPN3.com, via the radio or through OGGOA‘s live updates on Twitter.

21 Comments

  1. Mr2Bits says:

    Gators save their season and ruin South Carolinas pushing their losing streak to 13 in Ben Hill.

    UF 31 – USC 20

  2. Luke says:

    The rest may come today, but I’m afraid we lose this game, lose three in the swamp, and lose out at a shot at the SEC title and a BCS bowl.

    Unless the D comes up big and creates turnovers, and we get a couple seven point plays from special teams, tonight could be a long night. Unless Reed and Burton get snaps on the first drive, Brantley will stall out and they’ll blitz and shut down the run.

    Meyer wanted the fans to get up for the game but I’m hoping our play callers are up for winning and not just playing for first downs like MSU and LSU.

    IF they come out and force punts and set the tone on offense, it will be a great night. If not, Spurrier might have his boys ready to make us pay. COME ON GATORS, GET UP AND GO!!

  3. david says:

    Looks like our play against Vandy was a fluke against a bad team ….

  4. Mr2Bits says:

    Man am I glad Addazio is back from vacation, we really missed him last week. Can’t tell you how much I missed the swing passes on 3rd and 10+ and the dive plays on 2 and 15+.

    Such a good feeling to see him back in the drivers seat.

  5. Gatorman says:

    Draw, option, pass, punt, repeat. I have an idea lets run a no huddle so our offense is on the field for 40 seconds and it’s all on our D for the remaining 13:40 of the quarter.

  6. Luke says:

    Any chance John Brantley opts for the draft? He’s obviously not developing and with our O line, he’s gonna get hurt…

    Oh well, we stick to our plan of Brantley taking the snaps and Steve O blowing the calls…

  7. Gatorman says:

    I’m sorry. But if Urban tries to defend how awful this is, it really makes me want to start second-guessing him as well. I mean, this is a very, very, clear, identifiable, glaring issue.

  8. Tampa Tom says:

    Are You SERIOUS Brantley STILL Quarterbacking,WTF ?

  9. Luke says:

    Brantley deserves to start because he waited his turn. Why compete for a spot if seniority is the primary factor? I think Urban is a great coach, but there are two people who need to be demoted and I don’t think Urban has the courage to do it. Maybe after next season…

    At least we’re not getting blown out yet…

  10. Tampa Tom says:

    Worst coaching I have ever seen, Worst QB, ever Fire Adizzio and Mayer. He has not done Sh-t without Tebow

  11. Scooterp says:

    I’ve never turned off the tv in the middle of a gator game before….until tonight. This must be the 4th different time this season “worst offensive performance I’ve seen”. Its hard to believe that through all the offensive trickery, different formations, multiple QBs and speedy athletes we have that our offense can be this bad. Yet, SC runs the same play with the same player and he carves up our defense. I havent been this diappointed since the late 80s.

  12. DC says:

    Horrible o-line play and predictable play calling are the two biggest problems. Our line was supposed to be the best in the SEC, and so far they have been outplayed in every game except Vandy. I brought a friend to a game who had never seen Florida play…the first thing he said leaving the game was “why do you guys run the same 3 plays that never work”. The QB is scared to death back there, and I don’t blame him. The o-line champions rarely chose block. Remember, the offense underperformed last year as well. We just had more talent. Sorry to be so negative, but it is just painfull to watch.

  13. Will says:

    Ummm. … now we are! This is unacceptable.

  14. Luke says:

    I can’t even finish watching this game. We’re not even mediocre at this point; we’re just plain bad. This will make for a long offseason, but I’m not sure anything will change as long as we keep Steve O and Johnny B in their spots.

  15. david says:

    Look. You cannot coach the OL and be the OC. One needs to be on the field and the other in the pressbox. Demote Addazio to just OL coach and if he leaves so be it. Bring back Billy Gonzalez to be the OC or promote Loeffler to QB Coach/OC. The worst part of this may be all the recruits in attendance, and they may be turned off. On the other hand, playing time will be readily available.

  16. Mr2Bits says:

    Well the bright side is we don’t go to Atlanta, get all excited and get humiliated by Auburn for a 3rd time this year!

  17. John S. says:

    Well it is what it is. Our offensive coaching is poor this year, Meyer and Addazio included. If we game plan at all it doesn’t show. We still can’t protect the QB unless the defense is in prevent (mass protect is a bad word in Gainesville). The offensive line is an embarrassment to even the Gators of the 70’s and 80’s. And we can’t catch.

    We just can’t beat a good team this year.

    Please Urban swallow some pride and bring in an outsider to boost our offense. I vote Kerwin Bell. In case UF needs his contact info: http://www.judolphins.com/football/coaches/

  18. decagator41 says:

    I’ve been saying it on here for weeks that the spread option is terrible. We only got by with it because Tebow was a once in a lifetime qb…I want my Gator team back that puts up points! We have a problem here because even if they fire addazio, Meyer is stubborn enough to keep this offense. It’s no coincidence that our offense struggled when he first got here with Leak and now with Brantley it’s the same issue..This is painful to watch!

  19. Mr2Bits says:

    Guess all those people in the orange shirts campaigning for Steve Addazzio’s firing had some justification. Just really disappointed that we made zero adjustments after not scoring for 53 minutes. We are down 3 TD’s and still go to the 5 yard in’s. At this point I’m speechless.

  20. Escambia94 says:

    I made the kids watch it so they will always remember the worst game in Gator history. I don’t know how I feel about Urban Meyer right now, but that was the worst coached game I can ever recall seeing.

  21. Gatorgrad79 says:

    Meyer needs to get off his anxiety meds so he can think straight! Seriously!?! Felt like the 70’s again – run for no yards, run for no yards, drop to pass , lose 2 yards – PUNT!

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