South Carolina fans are hoping for a Streak Buster Saturday this weekend.
The easy part should come first. The Gamecocks take on Tennessee at 12:20 p.m. in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Volunteers have beaten South Carolina 15 of the last 17 games this series, but they are 0-4 in the conference headed into this game.
Tennessee will come in starting true freshmen at right guard and right tackle and a sophomore at center at and left tackle. That’s not going to go well against South Carolina’s defensive line. My prediction is South Carolina fans won’t be sweating much in the second half and not just because it’s finally going to feel like fall. The Gamecocks win 35-21.
Then comes the most interesting part in my mind as South Carolina fans file out of the stadium and become, of all things, Georgia fans. The Bulldogs play Florida at 3:30 p.m., and if they beat the Gators, South Carolina will be just one conference win away from a division title.
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The problem there is the Gators have a Tennessee-like streak against the Bulldogs. Florida has beaten Georgia in 17 of the last 20 meetings, and that’s a streak I don’t see that changing. The Gators are struggling, but they have had two weeks to prepare and Georgia does not play well in Jacksonville. Georgia loses 21-18 and doesn’t do the Gamecocks any favor. At least that’s the way I see it.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier mentioned earlier this week that he heard Florida fans were cheering for the Gamecocks earlier this year when they beat Alabama. He seemed a little offended.
“I heard the Gators were all pulling for us when we were playing Alabama,” Spurrier said. “I heard the parking lot was full of everybody going crazy. I said, ‘Well, hopefully, in about three or four weeks, they’ll be rooting against South Carolina. Hopefully.’ So, now they understand they’ve got to root against us.”
That time has arrived.