TV, odds, game facts 2022: South Carolina takes on Florida
South Carolina travels again this week, this time taking the road to face Florida.
USC won its last game against Vanderbilt to get back into the win column. The win also lowered the team’s conference record to .500.
Florida leads the all-time series 29-10-3.
The Gators are led by head coach Billy Napier, who is in his first year with the team.
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. FLORIDA GAMBLING INFORMATION
Who: South Carolina Gamecocks (6-3, 3-3 SEC) vs. Florida Gators (5-4, 2-4 SEC)
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Television: SEC Network
Broadcast: Via the ESPN/ESPN.com app
USC VS FLORIDA BETTING LINE
Florida is a 9-point favorite to start the week, according to Circa Sports.
For the second year in a row, South Carolina is eligible for a playoff bowl game.
The team won exactly six games last year in the regular season. Saturday’s game marks the first of three tries the Gamecocks need to improve from their 6-6 record in 2021.
South Carolina made the Associated Press top 25 once this season and received some attention in the poll after the win over Vanderbilt.
OFFENSIVE BALANCE ON DISPLAY
USC has emphasized involving its best offensive players in the game plan against Vanderbilt.
Eleven players from different skill positions touched the ball against the Commodores, and South Carolina finished the game with 492 yards of offense. The 38 points were the Gamecocks’ most against an SEC opponent this season.
The team was missing running back MarShawn Lloyd, but they made up for it by running the ball by committee.
South Carolina will bring that offensive momentum to face a Florida team that is giving up 29.2 points per game.
THE SUCCESS OF THE GATORS AT THE MARAIS
Florida is 4-2 at home, and one of those losses came to the then No. 1. 20 Kentucky.
The Gators are averaging 31.2 points per game in Gainesville. They’ve scored 35 or more points the last two times they’ve hosted USC.
Florida is 24-6 at home since 2018. The team hasn’t lost more than two home games in a season since 2017.
The last time South Carolina beat Florida on the road was in 2014 with a 23-20 victory. USC beat the Gators at home last season under Shane Beamer.
GAMOCCKS AND GATORS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jaheim Bell, TE, South Carolina: Bell found his way back into the offense against Vanderbilt with 19 touches and 83 yards of offense. He was touted before the start of the season as the team’s do-it-all ‘wide back’, and he got a chance to show it last week. South Carolina could continue to seek him in different ways against Florida.
Antwane Wells, WR, South Carolina: Wells is seventh in the SEC with 41 catches and tied for seventh with 574 yards. Wells has developed a strong bond with Spencer Rattler in the passing game and continues to be a big part of the team’s offense.
Montrell Johnson, RB, Florida: Johnson leads the Gators with 549 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. The Gamecocks sometimes struggle with the run, so there could be opportunities for Johnson to make plays on Saturday.
Amari Burney, LB, Florida: Burney is an active defenseman for Florida. He’s had four sacks this year along with two interceptions. Burney also has three quarterback hits and two forced fumbles this year.