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|FLORIDA GATORS||SO. CAROLINA GAMECOCKS|
|Head Coach: Will Muschamp||Head Coach: Steve Spurrier|
|Record: 5-3 (4-3 SEC)||Record: 4-5 (2-5 SEC)|
|Conference: Southeastern||Conference: Southeastern|
Odds: Florida -7 | O/U 57
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HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS
» Florida is 24-7-3 all-time against South Carolina with the Gators holding a 13-1 record over the Gamecocks in Gainesville. USC beat UF in The Swamp in 2010.
» The Gators are 22-6 against unranked opponents under Muschamp and 13-4 against unranked SEC teams during his tenure after losing to LSU and Missouri – at home – in consecutive weeks this season.
» Florida had lost six-straight games against top 25 opponents until beating Georgia two weeks ago week. UF is now 5-13 against ranked opponents under Muschamp.
» Four of the Gators’ eight games this season have been decided by six points or fewer.
» Florida’s offense is averaging 30.5 points per game, its most since 2009, while the defense is averaging 22.9 points per game, the worst since 2007.
» The Gators are third nationally and first in the SEC in red zone scoring, converting 29-of-31 chances. However, only 62.1 percent of those scores are touchdowns (18).
» Florida’s run defense has been superb, only allowing 28 runs of 10+ yards this season, fifth fewest in the nation.
» The Gators have also forced 46 three-and-outs on 113 opponent drives. At 5.75 per game, UF is first in the SEC and fifth nationally in that category.
» Florida is averaging 2.5 sacks per game, the most since Muschamp took over the program. The Gators’ 20 sacks through eight games are more than UF had in all of 2013, and their 45 quarterback hurries are more than the program’s had in any full season since Muschamp took over.
» Earlier this season, Florida was +8 in turnover margin. The team fell back down to even but is now +4 for the season after earning that margin against Vanderbilt last week.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES
» Probable (2): Redshirt senior right guard Trenton Brown (knee), freshman defensive lineman Gerald Willis (ankle)
» Questionable (1): Redshirt freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL)
» Out (6): Sophomore safety Keanu Neal (high ankle), freshman defensive back Duke Dawson (turf toe), redshirt senior tight end Jake McGee (leg – season), junior RB Mark Herndon (ACL – season), freshman defensive back J.C. Jackson (shoulder – season), freshman DT Thomas Holley (hip – season)
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WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Gators have taken care of business since their second bye week, winning consecutive league games and outscoring their opponents by a combined 72-30. But Florida is not out of the woods just yet, especially if Muschamp wants to remain coach and UF hopes to have an outside shot at winning the SEC East. The Gators need a lot of help to win the division crown, but they can earn the opportunity on Saturday to keep their hopes alive with a victory over the Gamecocks. Muschamp enters Saturday’s game 4-10 against Florida State (1-2), Georgia (1-3), LSU (1-3) and South Carolina (1-2), but a win against USC would go a long way to helping his case, especially considering UF was a play away from taking down LSU at home. AS the last two have been, Saturday’s contest is a must-win for Florida in more ways than one.
Scoring has not been an issue for the Gamecocks this season. South Carolina is averaging 35.9 points per game and on the way to setting multiple program records. Its defense, however, has been so bad (34.1 points per game allowed) that nearly every game against a quality opponent has been close. USC beat East Carolina by 10, UGA by three and Vanderbilt by 14, but the Gamecocks have fallen to four-straight SEC opponents, losing to Missouri by one, Kentucky by seven, Auburn by seven and Tennessee by three (in overtime). The margins are thin for Spurrier’s squad, meaning it will be up to South Carolina’s defense to help the team achieve bowl eligibility, a difficult task considering USC ends the season against Clemson.