Florida heads up the East Coast in Week 12 for an SEC showdown with rival South Carolina on Saturday.
The Gators haven't lived up to expectations in Will Muschamp's third season at the helm.
Heading into this game, Florida has more losses than wins to its credit and is currently in fourth place in the SEC East with a conference record of 3-4. Even worse, the Gators have lost four games in a row, and it doesn't get any easier this weekend.
South Carolina has two losses, but this team has been playing excellent football most of the year. With a record of 7-2 and 5-2 in the SEC, South Carolina is in second place behind Missouri in the SEC East.
Since losing a heartbreaker to Tennessee a few weeks ago, the Gamecocks have impressively taken down Missouri and Mississippi State leading up to this game.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch this upcoming SEC clash, followed by injury reports for both teams, a closer examination of the biggest key to the game and a final prediction.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
Watch: ESPN 2
Live Streaming: Watch ESPN
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 41.5 points
- Spread: South Carolina (-13.5)
Florida Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Solomon Patton||WR||Prob Sat - Knee - 11/12/13|
|Marcus Roberson||DB||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/12/13|
|Tyler Murphy||QB||Ques Sat - Shoulder - 11/12/13|
|D.L. Powell||WR||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/10/13|
|Dominique Easley||DL||Ques Sat - Knee - 11/10/13|
|Quinteze Williams||DL||Ques Sat - Disciplinary - 11/10/13|
|Antonio Morrison||LB||Out for season - Knee - 11/11/13|
|Tyler Moore||OL||Out for season - Elbow - 11/6/13|
|D.J. Humphries||OL||Mid Nov - Knee - 10/30/13|
|Jeremi Powell||LB||Out for season - Knee - 10/23/13|
|Matt Jones||RB||Out for season - Knee - 10/14/13|
|Jeff Driskel||QB||Out for season - Leg - 9/21/13|
|Matt Rolin||LB||Out for season - Knee - 9/5/13|
|Chaz Green||OL||Out for season - Shoulder - 8/30/13|
|Jordan Sheritt||DL||Out indefinitely - Knee - 9/20/13|
|Andre Debose||WR||Out for season - Knee - 8/14/13|
South Carolina Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Brandon Wilds||RB||Ques Sat - Wrist - 11/10/13|
|Cody Waldrop||C||Ques Sat - Foot - 11/10/13|
|Carlton Heard||WR||Ques Sat - Hamstring - 11/10/13|
|Gerald Turner||DE||Ques Sat - Ankle - 11/10/13|
|James King||LB||Ques Sat - Foot - 11/10/13|
|Kyle Morini||LB||Ques Sat - Elbow - 11/10/13|
|Devin Washington||DE||Out indefinitely - Concussion - 8/23/13|
|Mike Matulis||T||Out indefinitely - Shoulder - 10/12/13|
Can Tyler Murphy Lead an Offensive Revival for the Gators?
Florida's offense has been absolutely atrocious this season. The Gators rank No. 107 in the nation in scoring, averaging just 20.6 points per game, and the team's inability to convert third downs has put too much pressure on the defense.
As a result, the Gators have allowed 31 points per game in the past three contests.
Tyler Murphy was thrust into the starting quarterback spot earlier this season when Jeff Driskel went down with a season-ending injury.
He got off to a good start, throwing five touchdowns and just one interception in his first three games of action. Unfortunately, Murphy's production has tanked lately, as he's thrown just one touchdown compared to four interceptions in his last four starts.
He'll need to play much better this Saturday against South Carolina if the Gators have any hope of pulling out a huge upset.
If Florida featured a potent passing attack, South Carolina would have something to worry about.
Thankfully for the Gamecocks, Florida's offense has been anemic this year, which will negate the defensive deficiencies that have plagued this team in its two losses.
Which team will win?
On the other side, Connor Shaw leads a formidable and balanced Gamecocks offense, and he takes care of the football. For the season, he's thrown 18 touchdowns compared to just one interception.
This should be an easy victory at home for South Carolina, which will move to 8-2 on the season and continue to make its presence known in the BCS standings.
South Carolina wins 38-14.
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