College Football Preview: Gamecocks Can Topple Gators

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

The SEC East title will be decided this weekend when Florida host South Carolina. Auburn meanwhile have a chance to secure the SEC West with a win over Georgia.

Ol’ Ball Coach can come good The only thing Steve Spurrier and Urban Meyer have in common is that both men have led Florida to SEC titles and National Championships. Ever since joining South Carolina, Spurrier has tried doggedly to upset his former employers but has failed at every turn. Finally in 2010, he might just have the team to do it. Not that you would have been able to tell that last Saturday. Arkansas showed the Gamecocks are susceptible to a high-tempo offense. Fortunately for Spurrier, that result will have no bearing on South Carolina’s quest for the SEC East title. A win at Florida on Saturday would take the Gamecocks to the SEC Championship game for the first time in their history.

Offensively Florida are frauds. College Football betting fans know that the Gators’ big days against Kentucky and Vanderbilt have masked an otherwise inept unit. Scoring big against two of the worst teams in the conference doesn’t conceal the problems facing the Gators. They simply don’t have the players suited to their style of offense. I expect Marcus Lattimore to see a lot of the ball for SC this Saturday, even if he is hurt. Winning the SEC East will require some heroic performances from South Carolina. This weekend, Hercules is a Gamecock. Bet on South Carolina to win.

Tigers look to avoid upset Auburn take on Georgia this Saturday in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. A win for the Tigers would guarantee them a share of the SEC West and a spot in the SEC Championship game, thanks to their victory over LSU earlier this season. They face a tough challenge this weekend against fierce rivals Georgia. The Tigers hold a 53-52 lead in the all-time series, with 8 ties. Win #54 for Auburn would put them in pole position for a trip to the BCS title game.

Don’t expect the Dawgs to go down too easily. After a 1-4 start to the season, Georgia are now at 5-5 and one win away from bowl eligibility. The return of A.J. Green has certainly aided the Dawgs’ revival. The receiver comes into this game on the back of making 6 receptions for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns against Idaho State, a 1-AA/FCS school with a 1-8 record. He should have a tougher time making plays against the #2 ranked 10-0 Tigers. Georgia will put up a fight but it won’t be enough to worry Auburn. Bet on the Auburn Tigers to win.