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Who: No. Nine Florida (6-1, 3-1 SEC) vs. South Carolina (3-3, 2-2)
The place: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
Radio: 103.7-FM, AM-850
Line: Florida by means of Four half of.
Collection file: Florida leads 27-9-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Gators persisted run within the SEC the place they input the ultimate part of the season enjoying for a place within the league name sport and the Faculty Soccer Playoff. However the Gamecocks have knocked off one top-10 group in Georgia ultimate week, and are searching for a 2d one.
USC on a roll defensively
After some early season struggles, South Carolina’s protection has actually come on and transform a group energy — a dominant one from time to time, as we noticed in ultimate week’s disenchanted of No. Three Georgia in extra time. In opposition to the potent Bulldogs, the Gamecocks pressured 4 turnovers, had 3 sacks and held UGA to simply 17 issues. Within the two overtimes, USC didn’t permit a primary down. The former Saturday, in a 24-7 win over Kentucky, the Gamecocks held the Wildcats to 212 general yards, simply 97 passing.
Who begins at QB?
Will Muschamp has all the time been secretive about accidents. So, has he been sitting on one this week regarding his beginning quarterback, true freshman Ryan Hilinski? Hilinski injured his knee in the second one part at Georgia ultimate Saturday and didn’t go back. He watched the second one part from the sideline with a big brace on his leg, leaving many to invest that there’s a great opportunity he would pass over lately’s sport. If that have been to occur, Dakereon Joyner, a former huge receiver, would get started at QB. Muschamp stated Hilinski took reps in apply Wednesday and although the clinical team of workers had no longer cleared him but he could be able for lately’s sport. We’ll see. The Gators have ready for each QBs, one thing Muschamp most likely sought after them to must do.
Professor Growth, child
Who would have concept that Muschamp converting his glance and going with studying glasses at the sideline would transform a well-liked factor a few of the South Carolina fan base? Nevertheless it has. He’s not simply Growth, however professor Growth. Prior to lately’s sport, the varsity goes at hand out a couple of readers to the scholars, in order that they’ve actually gotten into it. Muschamp went to the glasses two weeks in the past as a result of he was once having hassle studying his play sheets. Muschamp (2-0) is undefeated with the brand new glance, so it’s going to stick.
The Gamecocks are seeking to win 3 immediately SEC video games for the primary time since halfway in the course of the 2017 season and simply the second one time for the reason that finish of 2013. South Carolina hasn’t ever defeated Most sensible-10 groups in consecutive video games.
Two of Florida defensive mainstays in finish Jabari Zuniga and linebacker Jonathan Greenard have been out for the LSU defeat and may just pass over the South Carolina sport, too. Each are coping with ankle accidents and Florida trainer Dan Mullen stated each can be game-time selections on whether or not they’ll cross in opposition to the Gamecocks. Greenard and Zuniga are one-two in sacks for the Gators this season. Greenard has 4 and Zuniga has 3.
Florida trainer Dan Mullen says his group remains to be in keep an eye on of its championship destiny with the following 4 video games in opposition to SEC East combatants. After South Carolina and a bye week, the Gators face Georgia in Jacksonville, then are house in opposition to Vanderbilt ahead of a competition at marvel East chief Missouri. “We utterly keep an eye on our future, so we need to get able,” he stated.
South Carolina post 142 yards dashing in opposition to Georgia, the SEC chief at preventing the run. The Gamecocks, close to the ground of the pack in SEC dashing since Muschamp arrived ahead of the 2016 season, sit down 5th within the convention at 193.Five yards a sport.
Florida’s offensive line vs. the South Carolina defensive entrance: Florida’s suffering offensive line is going through but any other large problem. This problem is beautiful shut in stage of issue to the only the massive guys confronted in opposition to Auburn two weeks in the past. This USC defensive position is similar to the Tigers, and it’s coming off a dominant efficiency in opposition to Georgia’s offensive line, which is regarded as by means of many to be the most productive within the SEC. Tackles Javon Kinlaw and Rick Standidge are among the finest D-linemen within the SEC. The Bulldogs may just no longer care for both one ultimate Saturday, and it’s a large reason why the Gamecocks have been ready to tug off the disenchanted in Athens. As for the Florida offensive line, it’s just about been the similar previous, standard week after week. The Gators get no push within the operating sport, after which the loss of a operating sport makes it tougher to offer protection to quarterback Kyle Trask. They gave up simplest two sacks ultimate week at LSU, however this can be a a lot sterner take a look at for the UF offensive line. If the Large Nasties fail to offer protection to Trask, it really well may just develop into a protracted, shedding afternoon for the Gators.
• Florida’s protection vs. South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski. The Gators lead the SEC with 26 sacks and 12 interceptions and Hilinski, a freshman, is coming off a sport at Georgia the place he sprained his left knee. South Carolina trainer Will Muschamp stated he sat Hilinski the overall quarter and extra time as a result of he was once anxious about his mobility to flee the move rush. Even a 100-percent wholesome Hilinski must consider with Florida’s entrance 4 coming after him.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Florida: QB Kyle Trask has saved the Gators on course after taking up for Feleipe Franks, misplaced for the season because of damage. Trask has thrown 10 touchdowns in opposition to simply 3 interceptions.
South Carolina: S Israel Mukuamu was once named the SEC defensive participant of the week upon getting 3 interceptions off Jake Fromm within the Gamecocks 20-17, double OT win over Georgia.
FACTS & FIGURES
Florida has began 6-1 in either one of Dan Mullen’s seasons as trainer. … South Carolina has received 5 of its previous 9 video games with Florida after going 4-26 within the groups’ first 30 conferences. … Gamecocks receiver Bryan Edwards has stuck a move in all 44 video games he’s performed, surpassing the varsity file of 43 immediately set by means of the overdue Kenny McKinley. … Florida threw 4 TD passes (3 of them by means of Trask) in a 42-28 loss at No. 2 LSU, the primary time the Gators had that many scoring throws in a sport since 2007. … Trask joined Gator greats Tim Tebow and Rex Grossman as the one Florida quarterbacks to throw for greater than 300 yards in opposition to a Most sensible 25 opponent for the reason that get started of the 2000 season. Trask threw for 310 yards within the LSU loss. … South Carolina trainer Will Muschamp, who coached Florida from 2011-14, has long gone 1-2 in opposition to the Gators since taking up South Carolina’s program.
As of late’s sport questions
• Will the Gators pop out gradual, affected by the similar more or less hangover they’d going into ultimate yr’s sport in opposition to Missouri following a loss to Georgia?
• Can Florida’s shaky offensive line offer protection to quarterback Kyle Trask?
• Who wins the combat between the Florida receivers and the South Carolina defensive backs?
• Will tight finish Kyle Pitts proceed to be a significant participant within the passing sport for the Gators?
• How does the Florida protection reply after the bleak efficiency every week in the past at LSU?
Click on again Monday for Andreu’s solutions
Florida 21, South Carolina 18
(Season file: 6-1)
The Related Press contributed to this record.