The Florida Gators are still hoping they can salvage their season as they visit the South Carolina Gamecocks. Game time is at noon EST on Saturday, November 11 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. The game is being televised nationally on CBS.
Oddsmakers list the Gamecocks as 7.5-point favorites at home. The over/under for the game is 44.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 11 betting odds and links to game previews.
Florida vs South Carolina Betting Preview & Vegas Game Odds
Florida’s season has quickly turned into an unmitigated disaster. With Randy Shannon taking over as the interim coach, the Gators were crushed last week by Missouri 45-16. It was Florida’s fourth straight loss and the second in a row that came in blowout fashion. The Gators must now win out in order to get to six wins and a bowl game.
South Carolina, meanwhile, has already secured a bowl spot and is hoping to solidify a winning record in SEC play in their conference finale. The Gamecocks are 6-3 overall and 4-3 in conference play after last week’s loss to Georgia. Aside from trying to put his team in position for a prominent bowl game, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp will also be looking to score a win against his former employer.
College Football Free Pick Against the Spread: South Carolina -7.5
Under normal circumstances, I would never swallow this many points against Florida. But these are not ordinary circumstances. The Gators were blown out last week by a bad Missouri team, and I’m not sure there’s reason to think this game will go any differently. I’ll lean toward South Carolina to win convincingly against a Florida team on the brink of disaster.
To be fair, South Carolina is not the type of team to blow out their opponent. The Gamecocks are not that dynamic offensively, as only two of their six wins this season have come by double digits. That’s somewhat of a concern heading into this weeks, but less so if you saw the Florida defense last week.
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The Missouri offense cut through Florida’s defense like a hot knife through butter last week. Admittedly, the Tigers are an explosive offensive team. But they made it look easy against a Florida defense that didn’t put up much of a fight.
If the Gamecocks face an apathetic defense on Saturday, they’ll be able to put some points on the board. The South Carolina offense predictably struggled last week, but they scored 34 points the previous week against Vanderbilt. If Florida’s defense gives a similar effort to last week’s game, the Gamecocks should be able to get their offense rolling.
I also wouldn’t rule out the South Carolina defense scoring some points. They scored three touchdowns in a game against Arkansas earlier this year and I can them creating some takeaways this week as well.
The Gators are sticking with Malik Zaire as the starting quarterback. He didn’t do much last week against a porous Missouri defense, nor were the Gators that effective running the ball. I’d be surprised if the Gators had much success on offense against a stout South Carolina defense.
Even if the Gators hadn’t laid an egg last week, the Gamecocks are still the better team. South Carolina’s defense is good enough to lead them to a win over Florida, especially at home. Florida’s ineptness last week just makes it easier to believe the Gamecocks will cover the spread.