College Gameday 2012: Week 8 Schedule, Location, Predictions & More

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2012

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

Watch: ESPN

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:

Hey @espn @collegegameday, we only rep one football team on this couch. #GoGators @gatorzonefb @jlin7…

— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) October 19, 2012


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:

At the @collegegameday site in #Gainesville and we got a pretty nice crowd so far.

— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) October 20, 2012


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.


Game Prediction

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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