The University of South Carolina football team is favored by only a touchdown against unranked Central Florida – which hosts the No. 12/13 Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC) at BH Networks Stadium in Orlando on Saturday.
So … is this another “no respect” moment for Steve Spurrier’s team?
Not really … this weekend’s matchup has all the makings of a “trap game” for South Carolina, although Central Florida (which is four spots away from making the AP Top 25 and two spots away from making the USA Today/ Coaches’ poll) isn’t going to be able to sneak up on the Gamecocks following its big win over Penn State two weeks ago in Happy Valley.
The Golden Knights (3-0, 0-0 AAC) never trailed against the Nittany Lions, defeating a Big Ten team for the first time in school history and earning a measure of respect for the fledgling American Athletic Conference. Head coach George O’Leary’s squad is coming off a 10-4 season in which it lost three games by less than a touchdown – and is looking for a statement victory over a Southeastern Conference powerhouse.
To do it, they’ll have to beat a Spurrier-coached team coming off of a bye week – which is easier said than done. In fact Spurrier is 7-1 at South Carolina when given an extra week to prepare for his opponents – with his lone loss coming against the Clemson Tigers in 2007.
Speaking of Clemson, the third-ranked Tigers are four-touchdown favorites this weekend as they welcome unranked Wake Forest to Death Valley.
We’ll be making our #FITSPicks for both of these games later this week …