South Carolina hosts Florida on Saturday at 7 p.m. Here are a couple of things to look for in the Gamecocks’ final SEC game of the fall, which will be televised on ESPN2.
For Mike Davis, this game is personal. Davis, in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, was once committed to Florida. He de-committed when he felt the Gators were dishonest with him. Davis, who leads the SEC in rushing, would like nothing more than to stick it to Florida. “He’s really trying to have the best game of his career,” older brother James Davis told The Post and Courier on Thursday. That would be an awfully big game.
Senior quarterback Connor Shaw has 18 touchdown passes and just one interception this season. How good is that? Shaw remains one of three quarterbacks in college football with double-digit passing touchdowns and one interception. The other two are Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Baylor’s Bryce Petty, who have gotten plenty of Heisman Trophy talk in the past month. When it comes to passing yards and touchdowns, Shaw can’t match Mariota or Petty. But he is one of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks, something that could be important against underdog Florida.
South Carolina players and coaches say they won’t be watching the scoreboard Saturday, keeping tabs on Georgia’s game against Auburn. That doesn’t mean fans won’t. The Gamecocks need Auburn to beat Georgia. If Georgia wins, USC will practically be eliminated from the SEC Championship Game.
No place like home
A win would give the Gamecocks their 16th straight home victory, which would set a new program record. It would also extend the nation’s longest active home winning streak. Both accomplishments are a point of pride coach Steve Spurrier mentioned this week.
South Carolina 34, Florida 13
-- RYAN WOOD