No. 11 Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC, No. 11 CFP) at South Carolina (3-6, 1-6), noon EST (ESPN)
Line: Florida by 8.
Series Record: Florida leads 24-8-3
WHAT’S AT STAKE
It’s a chance for Florida to continue its comeback season under first-year coach Jim McElwain. The Gators have locked up the SEC East and can sweep its divisional foes by defeating the Gamecocks. South Carolina is looking to see its steady improvement under interim coach Shawn Elliott pay off with a victory.
Florida RB Kelvin Taylor against South Carolina’s rushing defense. Taylor ranks just 10th in the SEC with 70 yards a game, but the Gamecocks are 13th out of 14 league teams in stopping the rush. Unless things tighten up, Taylor and the Gators could have a big day on the ground.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida: CB Vernon Hargraves III has four interceptions this season and returned them all at least 20 yards. He slices off whatever half of the field he’s on and could cause havoc for a South Carolina passing attack in the bottom half of the SEC.
South Carolina: QB Perry Orth had perhaps his best game as a starter in last week’s 27-24 loss at Tennessee. He hit on 20 of 39 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll look to build off that this week.
FACTS & FIGURES
Just the fourth time since South Carolina joined the SEC and played Florida each year that Steve Spurrier won’t be one of the sidelines for this game. Spurrier, who resigned in October, says he’s staying away from the game. … Taylor is the first Gators tailback with multiple touchdowns in three SEC games since his father, Fred, accomplished that in 1997. … This is only South Carolina’s second home game in the past seven weeks. The Gamecocks were forced to move the LSU contest to Baton Rouge in October due to fatal flooding in the state.
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