To borrow a phrase from the former UF head ball coach, the Gators have got a chance this weekend. I’m not saying they’re going to win, I’m just saying they’ve got a chance.
They really do. With the demise of Stephen Garcia and the season-ending injury to star tailback Marcus Lattimore, the Gators match up very well against the nation’s 15th-ranked team. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery poses major problems for a young Florida secondary that got decimated in the second half against Vanderbilt, and USC’s defensive front is going to be a headache all afternoon for John Brantley and his offensive front. But other than in those two areas, I think the Gators are pretty even in terms of overall talent.
I see this being a lot like the Auburn and Georgia games. If the Gators hadn’t turned the ball over like they did, they would have won those two games. Think about that. If they’d taken care of the ball, the Gators would be 7-2 right now and in the thick of the Eastern Division race, just like the Gamecocks. And we would not be hearing all this complaining across Gator Nation about how far this program has to go to get back to where it was just two years ago.
If the Gators can take care of the ball today and can come up with a turnover or two, they can win this game and generate some much-needed late-season momentum. If they mess around again like that did in those Auburn and Georgia losses, it’s going to be another miserable day for UF.
When I look at this game, I think the biggest edge is in coaching — and that edge goes to Steve Spurrier and his guys. No disrespect for Will Muschamp intended, but Spurrier is regarded as one of the all-time great college coaches and Muschamp will be coaching (as a head coach) in only his 10th game.
Spurrier vs. Muschamp. It’s a mismatch. And it will be the difference in this game.
Prediction: South Carolina 21, Florida 10.