WHEN: 7 p.m., Saturday
RECORD: 4-5 (3-4 SEC)
SERIES: Florida leads 24-6-3
LINE: Opened Sunday night as South Carolina by 13.5
LAST YEAR: The Gamecocks had three costly first-half turnovers on the way to being swamped 44-11 in Gainesville, Fla. The Gators turned those mistakes into 21 points and never looked back despite gaining 183 yards of offense. The Gamecocks mustered 191 yards, with the bulk of their points stemming from three field goals by Adam Yates. It was the only game of the season where USC did not score a touchdown.
COACH: Will Muschamp. In his third season at Florida, Muschamp has compiled a 22-13 record, but this season’s struggles have landed him on the hot seat. A year ago, he guided the Gators to an 11-1 mark before a loss to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl. This team may struggle to finish with a winning record, since it must still play USC, Georgia Southern and Florida State.
QUICK TAKE: After jumping to a 4-1 start and a Top 25 ranking, the Gators have plummeted after four straight losses to LSU, Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt. Losing to the Commodores on homecoming has prompted a backlash from Florida fans, who are unhappy with the team’s direction under Muschamp. Injuries have played a role in the collapse, but the Gators hope to salvage something from the wreckage in their final conference game.
GATOR BITES: Florida lost to Vanderbilt for the first time since 1988. The Gators are averaging 20.6 points per game. Opponents have outscored Florida 72-29 in the first quarter this season. The Gators have lost nine players to season-ending injuries, including quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Florida ranks first in the SEC in total defense (278.8 yards per game) and second in scoring defense (19.0 points per game).
GATORS TO WATCH
QB TYLER MURPHY: The junior has completed 112-of-185 passes for 1,216 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions.
WR SOLOMON PATTON: The senior has caught 34 passes for 481 yards and four touchdowns and ranks as the top kickoff return man with a 100-yard touchdown return.
DE DANTE FOWLER: The sophomore has piled up 35 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with 3.5 sacks, seven quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles.
CB VERNON HARGREAVES: The freshman leads the team with three interceptions and eight pass breakups.