One of the major parts of winning a championship is the ability to stay as consistent as possible from week to week. Teams cannot get in the habit of easing up after a big win or getting too down after a tough loss, as doing so usually means losing the next game up. This is particularly true in college football, where a loss or two could mean missing out on a chance to win a conference or the playoffs. Even if a team had been somewhat mediocre, there is still the business of a bowl game to attend to, so focus needs to be maintained at all times. The two teams in question here cannot get too hung up on the results that they experienced last weekend. The South Carolina Gamecocks delivered the upset of the season, heading into Athens and knocking off the #3 Georgia Bulldogs, while the Florida Gators saw their playoff chances hurt with a loss to LSU. Florida will head into what is sure to be a hostile environment as a 5-point favorite. The point total for this one has been set at 46 ½.
When: Saturday, October 19 at 12 PM EST
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia
NCAAF Odds: Get the latest odds at YouWager.lv
Why bet on the Florida Gators
With Georgia losing last weekend, the Florida Gators had a chance to take total control of the SEC, as well as having a very solid chance of breaking into the top 4. Those opportunities went up in smoke when the Gators lost a 43-28 thriller to the LSU Tigers, a defeat that now puts their entire season in doubt. Things do not get any easier this weekend, as you can bet that things are going to be wild in Columbia, with Gamecocks players and fans still sure to be fired up after their major upset win last week. Florida has had the best of this meeting in recent years, going 14-6 in their last 20 games against South Carolina. That said, the last 10 meetings have resulted in a split. The UNDER has hit in 4 of the last 5 Florida visits to South Carolina.
Why bet on the South Carolina Gamecocks
The South Carolina Gamecocks are sure to still be fired up after their huge upset win over the Georgia Bulldogs last weekend, but can they deliver an encore and knock off another ranked team? Their past results in Week 8 of the season suggest that another upset might be on the cards, as they have now won 8 of their last 9 games played in the month of October. They are also a team that is very difficult to take down in their own building, winning 5 of the last 6 there. They have also been a good bet against the spread at home, going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games versus conference foes. There is a lot to like about this team at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Much of the Gamecocks fortunes this weekend may well rest on the health of QB Ryan Hilinski, who was forced to leave the Georgia game with a knee injury. That said, even if he plays, I still believe that the Gators win and cover.
Florida Gators 48 South Carolina Gamecocks 21