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Florida Gators vs. South Carolina football preview capsule

South Carolina (7-3, 4-3 SEC) has never won a game in Gainesville (0-11), but it may be coming in with its best chance at changing its fortunes. The Gamecocks lead the SEC in total defense, and are No. 2 in rushing defense (holding opponents to 101.4 yards per game) and passing defense (155.1). Florida coach Urban Meyer said South Carolina's defense, revamped under first-year coordinator Ellis Johnson, will provide Florida's biggest challenge this season because of the multiple schemes South Carolina uses. Led by former UF coach Steve Spurrier, right, South Carolina has won six of its last seven games, including four of its last five SEC contests. All three of its losses have been by a touchdown. South Carolina hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 24 points this season, but Florida (8-1, 6-1) has the league's top scoring offense and has outscored its last five opponents 241-57. Spurrier will use two quarterbacks in this game — Chris Smelley and Tampa native Stephen Garcia — and if it's anything like last week, the two will alternate possessions throughout the game. Antonya English, Times staff writer

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 24 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m., Ch. 10, 620-AM


Will Florida try to test the secondary early? South Carolina starting safety Chris Culliver will miss the first half after being ejected for fighting in last week's game. His backup, Akeem Auguste is ailing with a hamstring injury. That may allow QB Tim Tebow to go successfully to his receivers early and often, opening up the running game — a combination that has been hard to stop.

Florida Gators vs. South Carolina football preview capsule 11/14/08 [Last modified: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:00pm]
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