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South Carolina's Kyle Markway (84) and Bailey Hart (16) celebrate after defeating Georgia 20-17 in double overtime of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

South Carolina ready for Florida

The South Carolina Gamecocks (3-3) are coming off of a massive upset against Georgia (5-1), who was No. 3 in the nation coming into Saturday.

Now, No. 9 Florida (6-1) will come into town after it suffered its first loss of the season to No. 2 LSU (6-0).

This will be the Gamecock’s second-straight matchup against a top 10 team. However, Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp and his players are prepared for the challenge.

Two-headed Monster Under Center

Against LSU, Gators coach Dan Mullen deployed both Kyle Trask and Emory Jones at quarterback, which should be the case again this weekend.

Muschamp says his team respects the talent of both players and is ready to face both signal callers.

“I don’t see a lot of difference (between the two quarterbacks) when they’re in the ball game,” he said. “Dan calls throws with Emory in the game; he throws the ball extremely well. I don’t see a lot of change. You saw Trask…against LSU scramble for a couple critical third down situations to extend drives. I don’t see a lot of difference in the play calling.”

Trask and Jones have shared the field in the Gators past two games against Auburn (5-1) and LSU, both SEC opponents. This trend should continue against SEC East rival South Carolina.

Challenge for South Carolina on Defense

While South Carolina’s game plan against Florida won’t change much based on which quarterback is playing, that doesn’t mean the Gamecocks won’t be challenged on defense.

Muschamp anticipates a solid offensive attack from coach Mullen.

“I think Dan looks at things from a defensive perspective and what gives defenses problems,” he said. “He makes adjustments game week and he makes adjustments game day that he feels like gives you issues defensively…he obviously sees the big picture and does a really good job.”

South Carolina just had its best defensive performance against Georgia last weekend, however. The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs to 17 points, and sophomore defensive back Israel Makuamu picked off Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm three times.

Looking Ahead

This is the 40th meeting between South Carolina and Florida. The series, which the Gators lead 27-9-3, dates back to 1911.

After this Saturday’s matchup, South Carolina will travel to Tennessee (2-4) to play the Volunteers on Oct. 26 at 4.

Florida will take a break after this weekend for their second of three bye weeks this season. The Gators’ next opponent is No. 10 Georgia on Nov. 2.

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