Expert Picks: South Carolina at Florida: 10/3/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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South Carolina Gamecocks (0-1) at Florida Gators (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)
The Line: Florida Gators -18.5 -- Over/Under: 55 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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South Carolina faces Florida on Saturday, October 3rd at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for week five of NCAA football action.
South Carolina is coming off a tough loss to #16 Tennesee in week four of the season. The SEC played its first games of the season in week four, and South Carolina hosted a tough and revamped Tennesee Volunteers team. Tennesee was victorious by the final score of 31-27, so South Carolina starts the season 0-1. South Carolina's two turnovers in the game proved to be the difference, as overall, South Carolina and Tennesee played a very even game. South Carolina will look to move the ball as well as it did in that game against a Florida team that struggled on defense in its first game of the season. If South Carolina can limit the turnovers and avoid "homerun" plays from Florida, the Gamecocks could have a chance in this game on the road.
Florida took down Ole Miss on the road by the final score of 51-35 in the Gators' first game of the season. In a very strange week four, this game was just as unusual. Florida's defense was one of the best in the country last season, even in a very tough SEC. Florida's secondary; however, was torched against Ole Miss in that game, as it allowed 443 yards through the air in the win. Florida cannot afford to allow over 600 yards from scrimmage against any team, and even though Kyle Trask and the offense of Florida played exceptionally well, it cannot last an entire season. Florida is currently ranked #5 in the country, and in order to stay in the top four, the defense is going to have to step up. Someone to watch out for in the Florida passing game is tight end Kyle Pitts, who tied a University of Florida record for the most touchdown receptions in a single game (4) last week.
I like Florida to be a lot stronger on defense than it was in its first game of the season, and that should be the difference-maker in this game. I expect Florida to win this game by at least two touchdowns in its home opener at Ben Hill Griffin.