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Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks Football Preview: Something Left to Prove

This is a game that could decide South Carolina's fate in the SEC East race, and whether some other historic streaks continue as well

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Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Gamecocks, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2

As if this game needed any more important for South Carolina, it can also continue a couple of Steve Spurrier's record-breaking streaks at South Carolina. South Carolina had never gone 6-2 in the SEC when Spurrier arrived; it's now done so for the last two years. The Gamecocks had never posted three winning SEC seasons in a row; the have already locked up that streak for a fourth consecutive year and could add to the margin tonight. And given that the only remaining opponents are Coastal Carolina and Clemson, South Carolina would all but lock up a 10-plus-win season for the third straight year at a program that had one before Spurrier's tenure.

But all that is secondary for South Carolina right now. Beating Florida is basically a necessity for the Gamecocks to stay alive in the SEC East. Technically, they could still win the division after a loss in this game, but the combination of events that would require is so likely as to make it almost pointless to mention. A win here is required.

And everything points toward one. The already-hamstrung Gators are likely down to quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg on the depth chart under center; South Carolina is at home; Florida is coming off a four-game losing streak that includes last week's loss to Vanderbilt at home. The visiting team appears to be playing out the string on a lost season, but South Carolina still has a lot of things to play for.

South Carolina 34, Florida 13