South Carolina vs. Florida: Gators Will Hammer the Gamecocks and Win SEC East

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst INovember 12, 2010

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 30:  Trey Burton #8 of the Florida Gators celebrates following a touchdown during the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field on October 30, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators will host the South Carolina Gamecocks in the Swamp in an attempt to capture the SEC East crown. The latest college football odds as posted by online sportsbook, BetMania have the Gators listed as 6.5 point favorites.

Both teams enter this game deadlocked for first place in the SEC East with a record of four wins and three losses. The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat to appear in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta for the third straight year.

Less than a month ago the Florida Gators were mired in the middle of a three game losing streak. Since then they have rebounded with two straight wins and a chance to return to the Championship game. The Gators have struggled on offense, but the defense is always there to bail them out.

The Gators have an opportunistic defense that has allowed just 293 yards per game and produced a league-best 23 turnovers forced. Florida coach Urban Meyer understands in order to capitalize on the great play of the defense he needed to tweak the play of the offense.

Meyer implemented a newer version of the no-huddle, hurry-up offense, that is producing points in bunches. In the last game against Vanderbilt, the Gators produced 55 points, the highest output on the year.

The score is not the only impressive number from that game has the offense delivered with 480 total yards. Finally, the return of running back Chris Rainey has given the Gators another spark on offense and it could not come at a better time.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has had some difficulty beating his old club in Florida. The Gamecocks are 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in their last five meetings in Florida. Spurrier will have to regroup his players and win in the swamp if he has any hopes of playing in the SEC title game.  

The Gamecocks were in control of their own destiny before they were rocked by Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas Razorbacks. The pass defense ranks last in the SEC and will be hard pressed to stop the new scheme implemented by Meyer.

The Gators are 23-9 ATS against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games overall. The Gamecocks are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and will get blown out in the swamp as the Gators win big!

The Gators advance to their third SEC Championship in the last three years.

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