Florida Gators Await Gamecocks In The Swamp

By: Willie Bee | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South Carolina Gamecocks at Florida Gators College Football Betting Preview
10/20/2012, 3:30 p.m. (ET) CBS
Opening Lines: Florida -3, O/U 44
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South Carolina Gamecocks: Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks (6-1 straight up & against the spread) face their third consecutive top-10 opponent, and this time it's on the road in the Swamp against the No. 2 Gators.  South Carolina demolished then-No. 5 Georgia at home two weeks ago to move into the top 5 itself, only to fall in a close 23-21 setback at LSU last week when the 'Cocks were 3-point road 'dogs.  The Gamecocks are certainly popular among bettors with six-straight pointspread covers entering this matchup, and getting another this week will fall on the right shoulder of QB Connor Shaw along with Marcus Lattimore's two legs on the offensive side.  LSU shut down SC's infantry last week, limiting Lattimore to just 35 yards on 13 totes.  Even with the Tigers having one of their better games to beat the Gamecocks, South Carolina's defense still ranks 12th in yards allowed (296 ypg) and tied with Florida for fifth in fewest points allowed (12.3 per game).  Spurrier's 'Cocks have won the last two meetings and covered the last three after Florida pretty much owned things for a while before that that.

Florida Gators: As mentioned, the Gators (6-0 SU, 5-1 ATS) can play some defense as well.  Will Muschamp's club is ranked 13th in total yards allowed, just behind the Gamecocks, and probably had its best showing against Texas A&M's electric redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel who was held about 160 yards below his per-game average in a 20-17 Florida win and cover.  Florida has since followed that up with four more SEC victories to take charge of a resurgent East Division within the conference. Mike Gillislee is the workhorse on the offensive side, averaging over 102 yard per game rushing (28th-most), while QB Jeff Driskell has proven to be a nice dual threat himself with over 300 yards rushing and a 140.0 QB rating. This game starts a 5-game stretch for Muschamps' squad during which four will be played at home and next week's game taking place nearby in Jacksonville for the annual World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party against Georgia. The Gators have won seven of their last eight at home vs. the Gamecocks, with four of the last six at The Swamp going 'under,' exactly where the last three played anywhere have finished.

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