Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ol' Ball Coach Back at the Swamp Again

By JC De La Torre

Storm clouds are on the horizon for the Swamp. 40% chance of rain threatens the Florida-South Carolina matchup at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field today, but there's a larger cloud looming. Its that of South Carolina Head Coach and former Gator great Steve Spurrier returns to the place he named the Swamp, trying to derail the Gators freight train to the BCS Championship game.

For the Gators, its all about style points right now. The Gators need to win and do it impressively to try and jump Texas, putting them in the driver seat for a BCS Championship game berth. Since Spurrier has arrived in South Carolina, Florida has had trouble distancing themselves from the Gamecocks. Spurrier won his first meeting against Urban Meyer in 2005, ending a fourteen game winning streak against South Carolina. In the National Championship season of 2006, it took a blocked extra point in the closing seconds of the game for the Gators to escape the Gamecocks and go on to win the BCS title. Last season, South Carolina lead 14-13 after the first quarter before finally succumbing to the Gators in a 51-31 shoot out.

If the Gators can get by Spurrier's hot South Carolina squad (they have won six of their last seven after starting the season 1-2), Florida State is all that stands in the way of Florida's having a meaningful showdown with Top Ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship game for the right to play for the national title.

Florida has the better atheltes on both sides of the ball and it will be difficult for the Gamecocks to keep up with the Gators in this one. Florida has been dominant since being upset by Ole Miss in September. I don't look for a let down against SC - Florida should win this one handily.
JC De La Torre is an author of Science Fiction/Fantasy and other realms of Speculative Fiction - check out his latest works at JC

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