Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Colleges

College football preview: Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 9 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 10, 620-AM

The game will include two top-10 teams, ESPN's College GameDay on location in Gainesville and the return of Gator legend Steve Spurrier. This is just the seventh time in school history that South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has entered a game ranked in the top 10 and playing another top-10 opponent — but the third time in as many weeks. South Carolina is 1-5 in those games. Florida is 6-0 for the eighth time in school history and 5-0 in the league. South Carolina enters the game with a two-game winning streak over the Gators, but in 32 meetings Florida has never lost three in a row to the Gamecocks.

Watch out for …

This was supposed to be a showcase battle between Florida RB Mike Gillislee and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore — two of the SEC's best. But Lattimore has a bruised his hip and is questionable. His value? USC has never lost when he has at least 20 carries. If he can't go, the Gamecocks have capable backups, but it puts more pressure on QB Connor Shaw and the passing game. Florida has relied more on the run than the arm of QB Jeff Driskel, who threw just 20 passes last week, but the Gators insist they aren't one-dimensional and can break out the passing game if necessary.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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