No. 11 Florida Gators football hits the road for the final time in the 2015 regular season to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gators are looking to continue their winning ways and leave the league slate with one loss, while the Gamecocks are making their last attempt at salvaging their season as they try to win enough games to become bowl eligible.
Here’s a look ahead at Saturday’s game: what to know and how to watch Florida-South Carolina.
Location: Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, South Carolina [Capacity: 80,250]
Weather: 57°F, sunny (0% chance of rain), winds NNW at 5 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST
TV: ESPN (Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, Dr. Jerry Punch)
Live Updates: @OnlyGators on Twitter
Tale of the tape
|No. 11 Florida Gators||South Carolina Gamecocks|
|Head Coach: Jim McElwain||Head Coach: Shawn Elliott|
|Record: 8-1 (6-1 SEC)||Record: 3-6 (1-6 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Spread: Florida -7.5 | O/U: 46
Against the last three teams it played not named Vanderbilt, South Carolina has given up an average of 35.7 points. Against the last four teams it played not named LSU, Florida has given up an average of 5.7. While the Gamecocks should be a tougher opponent for the Gators than the Commodores were a week ago – USC has been close in losses to Kentucky, Texas A&M and Tennessee – Florida should also be better prepared for a noon kickoff than it was a week ago.
It would be ideal for the spread to get to -7 or lower, but if it doesn’t, -7.5 should still be a line that favors the Gators on Saturday. Florida may have started slow and played terribly last week, but UF would’ve beaten VU by more than a touchdown had it not turned the ball over four times. The South Carolina defense does not match up to that of Vanderbilt, and though this is a road game, Florida should be able to get up for it just fine.
The total is more of a toss-up, but with more offensive talent than the Commodores, the Gamecocks should be able to score in double digits, which would make a double-digit win by the Gators likely to push it over the amount offered.
ATS picks: 7-1-1 | O/U picks: 6-3
Injuries and absences
» Active (2): Offensive lineman Martez Ivey (knee), OL David Sharpe (foot)
» Probable (1): Safety Keanu Neal (foot)
» Questionable (2): Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (arm), linebacker Jeremi Powell (undisclosed)
» Out (3): DL Joey Ivie (knee), LB Alex Anzalone (shoulder), quarterback Will Grier (suspension)
This injury report only accounts for players that have seen significant action in 2015.
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» Florida is 24-8-3 all-time against South Carolina and 10-6-1 in Columbia; however, the Gators and Gamecocks have split the last 10 games overall and are 5-5 in recent series history.
» This will be the fourth time in five games that UF will be playing away from home.
» Florida saw its second-ranked +13 turnover margin fall down to +9 after coughing up the ball four times to Vanderbilt. It’s now ranked first in the SEC and 13th nationally.
» The Gators clinched the SEC East title and advanced to the SEC Championship Game for the first time since 2009 with a victory last Saturday.
» This was the sixth season that Florida started 6-0 dating back to 1995. The Gators finished the previous five seasons with at least 11 wins.
» McElwain is the first UF coach since Galen Hall (1984) to win the first six games of his career at the school. He’s also the third coach in SEC history to advance to the SEC title game in his first season. McElwain could also become the first in school history to win seven SEC games in that first year.
» Florida returned to the top 10 of the AP Top 25 for the first time since the 2013 preseason and was placed in the College Football Playoff Rankings for the first time since its inception in 2014.
» The Gators’ defense has been a hallmark of the program; it is 201-11 since 1990 when an opponent scores 21 points or fewer in a contest.
» Florida’s defense has forced the most turnovers in the SEC since 2000 (415).
» The Gators own the nation’s longest streak of returning either a kickoff or punt for a touchdown, doing so in 11 straight seasons, including 2015.
» Florida is one of only four teams nationally to play three or more consecutive games away from home in 2015 (Arkansas, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe).
» Florida has the second-most wins in the nation since 1990 (247, Ohio State – 255).