Florida vs. South Carolina fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida vs. South Carolina Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 19
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC
Florida (6-1) vs. South Carolina (3-3) Game Preview
Why Florida Will Win
Sort of lost in the loss to LSU was that the offense was hanging shot for shot for around 50 minutes, and it had a chance at the end to make it even closer than the 42-28 final score.
QB Kyle Trask is not only playing fearlessly, but he’s making the gutsy, big throws that don’t seem to be there. Time and again it seemed like LSU was about to get off the field, only for Trask to keep things moving on his way to 310 yards and three touchdowns.
South Carolina’s secondary might have come through in a big, big way last week against Georgia – at least Israel Mukuamu did with his three picks – but the pass defense hasn’t been anything special so far.
Alabama and North Carolina were able to push the ball deep, Missouri’s Kelly Bryant was able to dink and dunk, and Trask should be able to take what the Gamecocks give him.
On the other side, how well is USC QB Ryan Hilinski’s knee?
He left the game against the Bulldogs and couldn’t go late, but it was apparently a sprain. Now he has to deal with a Florida pass rush that might be banged up – Jonathan Greenard and Jabari Zuniga are the keys to the defensive front, when they’re healthy – but can still bring the heat.
The Gators aren’t going to go without a sack for a second week in a row.
Why South Carolina Will Win
Georgia might have the best offensive line in the country – at least, one of the most talented – and South Carolina at its lunch.
Javon Kinlaw and company have been consistent all season long. This might not be a spectacular line that comes up with sacks and big plays in bunches, but it keeps on coming.
The Gator offensive line has been okay, but nothing too special.
It’ll give up plays behind the line, and it’ll get the ground game going for a bit, but it’s more serviceable than sensational. That’s part of the reason why Florida has such big turnover issues, giving it away 14 times on the season with three more more three times.
Ask Jake Fromm what happens when South Carolina starts to come up with takeaways.
Both teams are going to come in a bit beaten up after emotional and physical games last week, but to push a forced narrative, the Gamecocks are coming home after a win, and the Gators are coming off of dates with Auburn and LSU with the off-week coming right after this.
The Gamecocks need this to be sloppy, but …
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What’s Going To Happen
Lost in the win over Georgia is that the South Carolina offense didn’t really work.
The passing game couldn’t generate anything big down the field, the team gained fewer than 300 yards, and it took a brilliant game from the defense to get it done.
Coming off an embarrassment against LSU’s Joe Burrow, get ready for the NFL-talented Gator secondary to rise up and control the game through out – don’t expect any big shots down the field.
Florida will be tough, methodical, and it’ll own the clock and the tempo after the first half. The USC offense that’s been held to under 300 yards three times this year will struggle to get there again.
Florida vs. South Carolina Prediction, Line
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