COLUMBIA -- The South Carolina football team learned over the weekend that, in all likelihood, it would have to beat Florida to win the SEC East.
Now it knows it will have to win at night in the Swamp on Nov. 13 to claim its first division title.
CBS went for Auburn-Georgia for its afternoon game in two weeks, leaving the Gamecocks and Gators for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff on either ESPN or ESPN2.
This weekend's results, with a particular eye on Alabama-LSU, will determine which of those networks will have the game. ESPN is also considering Alabama-Mississippi State for a prime-time game.
The Gamecocks (6-2, 4-2 SEC) play No. 17 Arkansas this week. Florida (5-3, 3-3) plays at Vanderbilt.
The only way next week's game wouldn't decide the division is if the Commodores (2-6, 1-4) somehow upset the Gators. That notion had even USC coach Steve Spurrier laughing Sunday.
"I don't think they're going to lose to Vanderbilt," Spurrier said. "I guess stranger things have happened, though."
South Carolina has beaten Florida once in Spurrier's previous five attempts, and it came on the first try. That was also Urban Meyer's first season with Florida. Since then, Meyer has led the Gators to two national titles, but they've struggled in 2010.
Florida had lost three straight games, including two in a row at home, until getting past Georgia 34-31 in overtime Saturday. That knocked Georgia from the division race. A Bulldogs win would have greatly helped the Gamecocks. USC defeated Georgia earlier in the season, giving South Carolina the head-to-head tiebreaker.
South Carolina also would have been in a position to lock up the division this week had it held on to its 18-point third-quarter lead in its | 31-28 loss at Kentucky.
Players of week
Sophomore end Devin Taylor is the SEC's defensive player of the week. Taylor was a monster Saturday against Tennessee, grabbing two fumble recoveries that led to touchdowns and scoring one himself on a 24-yard interception return to the end zone.
Taylor has a team-high 6 1/2 sacks and 10 of his 29 tackles are for a loss. The Gamecocks are first in the SEC -- and second in the country -- with 30 sacks.
Marcus Lattimore was one of three players selected as the league's freshman of the week. Lattimore ran for a season-high 184 yards and a touchdown against the Volunteers.
He was joined by Auburn's Michael Dyer (180 rushing yards, touchdown at Ole Miss) and Florida's Trey Burton (110 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 35 receiving yards, 26 passing yards against Georgia).
In seven games (he missed the Vanderbilt game), Lattimore has 722 rushing yards, 240 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns. He's currently second in the SEC in rushing, behind only Auburn quarterback (and Heisman frontrunner) Cam Newton.
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