Will the Gamecocks fly?

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When Steve Spurrier comes back to The Swamp (as he will be doing for the fourth time as an opposing coach), it’s pretty safe to say: expect the unexpected, whether it’s a throw-back pass to the quarterback or a fake punt or one of his favorites — the Emory & Henry formation.

Having covered Spurrier during his 12 years at Florida, I think I have a pretty good feel for this guy. Here’s what I think he’s going to throw at Florida: the football. He’s going to air it out with quarterback Connor Shaw.

The Gamecocks have been winning with a more conservative approach — run the ball, play strong defense and win the special teams battle. But that formula did not work last Saturday in Baton Rouge, where a fast and physical LSU defense ate up the South Carolina running game. Florida has a chance to do the same thing Saturday. Knowing that, Spurrier is going to have his quarterback throwing on the Gators right from the start. On the very first USC offensive play. I’m convinced that’s what Spurrier is going to do.

After the loss to LSU, Spurrier expressed his frustration over Shaw taking off and running instead of throwing the ball on called pass plays. When Shaw finally did what Spurrier wanted, the Gamecocks went right down the field and scored a touchdown with their passing game in the fourth quarter.

Obviously, Florida is going to come out Saturday and try to shut down the run and make USC one-dimensional. That’s what the Gators do. My thought is Spurrier is going to take the approach he did when he was at Florida. He’s going to establish the passing game first, which then will create opportunities in the running game.

So, that’s my first prediction. The Gamecocks are going to come out and try to throw the ball all over the lot.

My second prediction is this that the UF secondary will be up to the challenge and win that crucial battle.

Whether the Gamecocks go with their version of the Fun ‘n’ Gun or not, this is going to be another tough, physical, emotional game in The Swamp, similar to the LSU game two weeks ago.

A lot of the national media boys are going with the Gamecocks on this one.

I’m going with the team that has the momentum at the moment, the team that remembers Spurrier and the Gamecocks celebrating on Florida Field two years ago, the team that now seems to thrive in these tough, physical SEC games.

It’s going to be close. It’s going to go down to the wire. But the Gators will find a way again.

Prediction: Florida 16, South Carolina 14.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Louisiana Monroe 21-14 last game against Bama!

    Bama 1 SEC title in last 12 years!

    Florida most SEC title game appearances of any school. Florida most SEC title game wins of any school. Most SEC title game losses? Bama.
    With each and every loss to Florida.

  2. @ Roll Tide – Go back and look at the NC’s you guys claim to have won, prior to the 80’s. All of them were BS. They were either awarded by some off-the-wall poll or there were teams with much better records and its was obvious that the voting was corrupt. You guys have 4 NC’s that are considered legit – the rest are NC’s created in the minds of Bamer fans! The last 2 were with the best players money could buy; i.e., Trent Richardson.

  3. @ Roll Tide – Here’s some specifics for you! Maybe you can explain each one.

    Re: Hey Bammer! 14? really?
    by Amazin1 » Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:36 pm

    here’s their 14 (I mean 5) national title breakdown…

    1925 National Championship- Alabama claims they share this one with Dartmouth. Who awarded the NC? Houlgate and Helms. Houlgate started his system in 1927. So Bama won their 1925 NC using a formula that didn’t exist until 1927? Helms Athletic Foundation started in 1941. Another incredible retroactive NC.

    The Associated Press Poll has been active since 1936. The AP took their final poll prior to bowl games from 1936 – 1964 and in 1966 and 1967. They took their final poll after the bowl games in 1965 and from 1968 – Current.

    1926 National Championship- Alabama claims they share this one with 3 other teams with equal or better records! Once again it is the Helms Athletic Foundation in 1941 that awards it!

    1930 National Championship- The Davis poll says that Bama tied Notre Dame for NC this year. This was the only one to award it to Bama. Notre Dame was named NC in 6 polls! Parke Davis is another retroactive system! He (an individual, not an organization) did his in 1933!

    1934 National Championship- Alabama says they share this with two other teams. The awarders are Dunkel, Williamson, and Football Thesaurus. Dunkel was an individual who came up with his own system. Williamson was a geologist who came up with his own system. Football Thesaurus first appeared in 1946!

    1941 National Championship- This is a complete joke. The AP ranked Alabama 20th in the nation with 14 teams with better records in the top 20. Once again it is the Football Thesaurus that retroactively awards it. Alabama finished 3rd in the SEC that year. Mississippi State won the SEC title..yet Bama claims a National title!

    1961 National Championship- Finally a legitimate NC. .

    1964 National Championship- While the AP did award the NC to Bama (10-1-0), Arkansas had the better record, 11-0. Alabama played Texas in their bowl and LOST. The AP final poll was before the bowl.

    1965 National Championship- The AP gave this to Bama. That year there were three teams with better records than Bama. Bama 9-1-1, Michigan St 10-1-0, Arkansas 10-1-0, Nebraska 10-1-0.

    1973 National Championship- AP puts Bama 4th after their bowl game loss. Bama claims a NC from the UPI poll that was taken before they met Notre Dame in the bowl game and lost. There were 3 teams with better records than Bama that year. The embarrassment of naming Alabama number one caused the UPI to name champions after bowl games. Yet Bammer has no shame in claiming it of course.

    1978 National Championship- AP gives this to Alabama(11-1-0) even though USC (12-1-0) had the better record Guess who Alabama lost to that year? USC!!!!!!!!!. UPI gave the NC to USC.

    1979 National Championship- Their second legitimate NC. Their first Unanimous NC.

    1992 National Championship- Their third legitimate NC. Their second Unanimous NC.

  4. The Gators have not forgotten what happened 2 years ago when South Carolina clobbered the Gators and Lattimore had a record night of rushing. The swamp will be rocking and this year the Gators will win 24 to 17. GO Gators!!

  5. I hope Lee Corso picks the rooster and gets attacked again by the bird, although it would be a bunch more fun watching him streak from Lake Alice screaming like a school girl. And if Robbie’s right, I predict a Gator pick-6 that will be at a critical time in the second half of the game because our pass rush will wear down USC’s O-line and cause Shaw to make a mistake. UF – 20, USC – 14

  6. I think it will be the other way around: The Gators will pass and will score at least one passing touchdown. Then the Gators will do the rest on the ground. I believe the Gators can pass the ball well but they havent needed to rely on the pass so far.
    I predict the Gators will give a good fight on defense and we will win this football game.
    GO GATORS!!!

  7. Gay Gator, too bad UF wasn’t good enough to get AP/UPI National Title Votes. Maybe you could claim some as well. They are not made up. They were awarded. And speaking of, if you want to take away NCs, why can’t I add some? For instance, the 66′ Bama team was the only unbeaten team in the country…and was 2 time defending champ. Yet the AP gave it to Mich St and ND who tied in their bowl game. Most feel this was backlash for the segregation issues going on at the time. But Bryant said the 66′ team was his best ever. They only gave up 37 points the entire season. PS – you failed to mention the last 2.