The 11th ranked Florida Gators (8-1) will travel to Colombia, South Carolina to face the Gamecocks (3-6). Florida leads the series between the teams with a 24-8-3 record.
Head Coach Jim McElwain is excited that his team was able to clinch the SEC East, but most importantly he is pleased with how far the team has come.
McElwain also said that noon games aren’t an excuse for his team to play poorly. The team struggled in the heat against Vanderbilt and will play again at noon against the Gamecocks.
Gator Quarterback Treon Harris had a mixed performance against Vanderbilt. Harris went 12-24 for 156 yards and an interception against the Commodores.
McElwain defended the sophomore quarterback, stating that he takes the brunt of the criticism for everyone else.
Defense was key in the victory against Vanderbilt, with the Gators holding the Commodores to just 30 passing yards. McElwain was especially impressed, with the defensive play referring to it as some of the best he’s ever seen.
McElwain praised Bryan Cox for his performance on both defense and offense, citing the intensity he brings on every play.
Heading into their game against the Gamecocks, Coach Mac has acknowledged that South Carolina has been playing hard since the departure of head coach Steve Spurrier.
As for injuries, the Gators have suffered a few. Joey Ivie (knee) is out, Keanu Neal (Foot) is questionable, David Sharpe (foot) is day to day, John Bullard (arm) doubtful and Martez Ivey (knee) is healthy.
Kickoff for the game is sett for noon. You can find coverage of the game here on ESPN Gainesville starting at 9 a.m.