The South Carolina Gamecocks began the season 1-1 and it looked like they weren’t mentally strong enough to contend for an SEC title, but they have since won six of seven and catapulted into second place in the SEC East. It looks like Steve Spurrier‘s team is a serious contender after all.
The Florida Gators haven’t been very lucky this season when it comes to contending for a conference title, but they still have the opportunity to upset some teams along their road to a possible bowl game. However, the Gators have lost four straight after starting the season 4-1.
South Carolina is led by veteran quarterback Connor Shaw who has been solid when healthy this season. He has passed for 1,622 yards and 18 touchdowns to go along with a 63 percent completion rate and just one lone interception this season. He has been able to spread the ball around equally with no receiver gaining more than 500 yards and the top two, Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington, have 485 yards and 474 yards, respectively. Mike Davis continues to be one of the best running backs in the nation, rushing for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns on 6.4 yards per carry.
Florida has been a mess on offense ever since Jeff Driskel went down with a season ending injury just a few games into the year. Junior quarterback Tyler Murphy has filled in for the injured QB, passing for 1,216 yards and six touchdowns to go along with five interceptions and three rushing touchdowns. Like the Gamecocks, the Gators spread the ball around as the top two wide outs, Solomon Patton and Quinton Dunbar, have accounted for 481 yards and 469 yards, respectively. Mack Brown leads all running backs with 432 yards and four scores on just 3.7 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Gators have one of the top units in the nation. Florida ranks 16th in points against per game and fifth in yards against per contest with just under 280. South Carolina ranks 32nd in points allowed per contest and 23rd in yards allowed. This should be a low-scoring affair.
Florida will travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Florida 13, South Carolina 24