Week 11: Florida

After winning consecutive games for the first time this season the Gamecocks are heading down to the Swamp this week to take on a struggling Florida team that is going to be trying to avoid it’s third straight loss. At this point in the season these two programs appear to be heading in opposite directions, in more ways than just the win column. Feleipe Franks has been atrocious this year, and rumor is that everyone associated with the Gators hate him, staff especially. Word is that a fight broke out in the locker room after Franks was laughing after the beatdown at the hands of Missouri, a game in which Franks was benched and then vastly outperformed by his back-up. Kyle Trask was on track to start this week, but will be out for the rest of the season after breaking his foot in practice, so the Gators appear to be stuck with Franks. It will be interesting to see how well the team plays for an increasingly unpopular QB. The Gamecocks have their own injury issues to deal with at Safety, but fortunately Franks hasn’t been accurate enough to be able to take advantage of that.

Florida is somehow ranked #15 this week. Vegas has the Gators favored by 6, but almost every single media projection I’ve seen has picked the Gamecocks in this one. I am as well.

Prediction: USC 27 - Florida 24. Miss Teriykai Chicken has the Gamecocks winning 35-28. After witnessing the past two games in person, I’m back in Tokyo this week and plan to use my lingering jet lag to wake up for this 2AM kickoff tonight. Go Cocks.