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The SEC East division could be decided this week if the South Carolina Gamecocks can go into Gainesville and Knock off the Florida Gators. After already defeating the Georgia Bulldogs earlier this season, the Gamecocks would have to lose their final two SEC regular season games should they beat the Gators on Saturday.
If Florida comes out on top, the race is back to being wide open, for at least a week.
The Gators come into this one fresh off of learning that they are the No.2 team in the first edition of the BCS rankings, behind only No.1 Alabama. But if Florida is to remain there, they will have to beat a very good South Carolina team who is coming in off of a close loss to LSU on the road.
The Gamecocks looked as good as a team can two weeks ago in a 35-7 rout at home over Georgia. But going on the road to LSU revealed that the Gamecocks offense really struggles when their running game is taken away. The simple fact of the matter is that quarterback Connor Shaw can’t throw the ball to win the game for South Carolina. They need to have the run game lead the way. So you can bet that Florida will be watching a ton of tape on what LSU was able to do to shut down Marcus Lattimore, and contain Shaw in the pocket.
Florida has a running attack very similar to the Gamecocks, with Mike Gillislee and quarterback Jeff Driskel. gillislee is a smaller, quick and sharp cutting back, which is a bit of a different style than Lattimore. But like Shaw, Driskel is one of the best athletes on the field and can create plays with his arms as well as his legs.
Oddsmakers see this one being close, giving the home team in the Gators the edge. Florida vs South Carolina betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Gators as field-goal favorites over the Gamecocks on Saturday.
Florida will need to win by four points to cover on the betting line.
If the Gators are able to win the game, it would mean that the winner of next week’s game when the Gators go to Jacksonville to take on Georgia, would in all likelihood be for the SEC East title barring any slip ups from the two late in the season.
South Carolina can all but wrap up the East with a win on Saturday.
This one kicks off at 3:30pm ET, with coverage on CBS.