1. RIGHT THIS WAY
South Carolina hasn’t been able to stop an opposing runner, particularly one that runs between the tackles, all season. Florida walloped Georgia with 445 rushing yards, often right through the middle. The Gators only passed six times in that game. Danger, Will Robinson
2. EASY CASTING?
As bad of a season as Florida’s had, it’s had a great defense. Dylan Thompson and Company might not have as easy of a time rolling up yards and points, which is very dangerous for a team that hasn’t been able to stop the other offense all year. Then again, Auburn was only giving up 333 yards per game before USC played it (Florida’s at 334).
Everyone always likes to talk about Steve Spurrier returning to The Swamp, but for USC fans, it’s mostly been a case of any leftover mojo still favoring Florida. In 2006, the Gators blocked USC’s game-winning field goal. In 2008, Florida hung Spurrier’s worst-ever loss on him (56-6). In 2012, turnovers gifted the Gators a 44-11 win. There was that 2010 game, though.
Treon Harris hasn’t been terrific for Florida at quarterback, but he’s mostly been OK and has kept away from the rampant turnovers that defined predecessor Jeff Driskel. If USC can somehow get to Harris and knock him around, perhaps Driskel has to come in. Of course, the Gamecocks have a mere eight sacks this year.
5. PRESSURE’S ON
USC has been bowl-eligible in every season under Spurrier, only missing a bowl after a 6-6 season in 2007. USC must win two of its next three to keep the streak alive, meaning one will have to come on the road. It’s either Florida or Clemson. Pick your poison.