Florida vs. South Carolina: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent INovember 14, 2013

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

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Solomon Patton WRProb Sat - Knee - 11/12/13
Marcus Roberson DBQues Sat - Ankle - 11/12/13
Tyler Murphy QBQues Sat - Shoulder - 11/12/13
D.L. Powell WRQues Sat - Ankle - 11/10/13
Dominique Easley DLQues Sat - Knee - 11/10/13
Quinteze Williams DLQues Sat - Disciplinary - 11/10/13
Antonio Morrison LBOut for season - Knee - 11/11/13
Tyler Moore OLOut for season - Elbow - 11/6/13
D.J. Humphries OLMid Nov - Knee - 10/30/13
Jeremi Powell LBOut for season - Knee - 10/23/13
Matt Jones RBOut for season - Knee - 10/14/13
Jeff Driskel QBOut for season - Leg - 9/21/13
Matt Rolin LBOut for season - Knee - 9/5/13
Chaz Green OLOut for season - Shoulder - 8/30/13
Jordan Sheritt DLOut indefinitely - Knee - 9/20/13
Andre Debose WROut for season - Knee - 8/14/13
USA Today

 

South Carolina Injury Report (via USA Today

PlayerPositionStatus/Updated
Brandon Wilds RBQues Sat - Wrist - 11/10/13
Cody Waldrop CQues Sat - Foot - 11/10/13
Carlton Heard WRQues Sat - Hamstring - 11/10/13
Gerald Turner DEQues Sat - Ankle - 11/10/13
James King LBQues Sat - Foot - 11/10/13
Kyle Morini LBQues Sat - Elbow - 11/10/13
Devin Washington DEOut indefinitely - Concussion - 8/23/13
Mike Matulis TOut indefinitely - Shoulder - 10/12/13
USA Today

 

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. 

 

Prediction

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. 

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. 

 

Final Score 

South Carolina wins 38-14.

 

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