ESPN's College GameDay crew is in the Swamp this weekend in anticipation for a must-see SEC clash between the No. 2 Florida Gators and the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks.
The Fantastic Foursome of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will be joined by David Pollack and Samantha Steele throughout the morning, gauging the atmosphere around the Swamp in lead-up to a massive matchup.
The two SEC East division rivals rank in the Top 10 nationally in scoring defense and are sure to put on a show inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Neither team is allowing more than 13 points per game in 2012.
South Carolina is coming off a heartbreaking loss at LSU last weekend, while the Gators are undefeated and looking to maintain their lead in the East. It certainly won't be a walk in the park for Florida. The Gators haven't beaten South Carolina since 2009, when Tim Tebow was their starting quarterback.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's can't-miss SEC action.
Where: Gainesville, Fla.
When: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Coverage: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
What They're Saying
Chandler Parsons, a former basketball star at Florida and now a member of the NBA's Houston Rockets, tweeted his allegiance alongside teammate Jeremy Lin on Friday:
Lin is a Harvard guy but it's safe to say the Gators have more of a prowess on the gridiron.
Fans of swimming, the Olympics and Team USA will be thrilled to know that former Florida swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte will be this week's celebrity picker according to College GameDay on Twitter:
Our guest #CelebPicker this Saturday will be Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Lochte!— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 17, 2012
Lochte won five medals in London this past summer, including two golds.
According to Desmond Howard on Twitter, the crowd surrounding the set in Gainesville is already beginning to make its presence felt:
Every weekend College GameDay attracts a crowd, but the folks in the Swamp always prove to be rowdier than most.
Lee Corso the Reptile
When it comes time for Lee Corso to make his famous headgear prediction at the end of the show, you can bet he'll be suiting up with a massive, plush Gator head. The atmosphere is sure to be buzzing around the set, and Corso will be at the core.
In an effort to please the mass of supporters dressed in orange and blue, he'll transform from Sunshine Scooter to reptile in the blink of an eye.
Chomp, chomp, chomp.
Don't worry, South Carolina fans, there is still a game that will have to be played.
The Swamp, like so many other SEC venues, makes life miserable for opposing teams. What gives Florida an even bigger advantage on Saturday, though, is the fact that its defense is every bit as sturdy as South Carolina's.
When you consider that both teams are allowing exactly 12.3 points per game this season, the X-factor will be on offense, where the Gators rank 14th in rush offense, averaging slightly more than 233 yards per game on the ground.
Florida rushed 58 times for 176 yards against LSU two weeks ago, and I expect Mike Gillislee, Trey Burton and company to continue to thrive playing their ground-and-pound style this weekend.
Florida 21, South Carolina 17
Week 8 BCS Top 25 Schedule
No. 1 Alabama vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 7 South Carolina vs. No. 2 Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 West Virginia, 7 p.m. ET, FOX
BYU vs. No. 5 Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC
No. 6 LSU vs. No. 18 Texas A&M, 12 p.m. ET, ESPN
Utah vs. No. 8 Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Kansas vs. No. 9 Oklahoma, 7 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. No. 10 USC, 6 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network
No. 11 Georgia vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. ET, GamePlan
Middle Tennessee vs. No. 12 Mississippi State, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2
No. 14 Florida State vs. Miami, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 15 Rutgers vs. Temple, 12 p.m. ET, Big East Network
South Florida vs. No. 16 Louisville, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 17 Texas Tech vs. No. 23 TCU, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2
Virginia Tech vs. No. 19 Clemson, 12 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2
No. 20 Stanford vs. California, 3 p.m. ET, FOX
No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Toledo, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3
UNLV vs. No. 22 Boise State, 3:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network
No. 24 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State, 12 p.m. ET, FX
Baylor vs. No. 25 Texas, 8 p.m. ET, ABC
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