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BCS No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Florida: Biggest Game in SC History...Again

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws the ball against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Alex RobertsCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2012

South Carolina has had it's two biggest games of all time in one season. South Carolina versus Georgia was indeed South Carolina's biggest game ever. 

Until now. 

South Carolina is traveling to Florida to take on the Gators. This game will have a large say in who actually wins the SEC East. In fact, it may even clinch it for the Gamecocks, who will still have to play Tennessee and Arkansas in Columbia.

The Gamecocks are incredibly tough to beat at home. They aren't as tough on the road. They didn't play well against at Vanderbilt, and had a disastrous first half on the way to a blowout of Kentucky in Lexington. 

Last week, they took LSU's best shot and ended up losing by two.

"The Swamp" will be a ridiculously loud and difficult environment to play in. Plus, the sudden rise of the Gators has been as convincing as it has been shocking. 

This is a team led by a stellar defense (ranked 13th in the nation). Offensively, they are growing more comfortable under the leadership of quarterback Jeff Driskel and newly discovered star Mike Gillislee

It's very difficult to prepare for a team like this. They are very similar to LSU, strong in defense with good running. They won't beat themselves. 

This will take one of South Carolina's strengths right out of the game, as Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor won't be able to pin their ears back and rush the quarterback. They will both have to do a better job of playing the run this week. 

South Carolina has one of the most unique and multifaceted offenses—when it's clicking.  Last week against LSU, it was not clicking. 

The offense must play much better. The Gamecocks can get it done. They just have to understand that their season truly relies on a win. This is by far the most important game in the most important season in Gamecock history.

They better play like it.

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