Cloninger's five gameday storylines: USC vs. Florida

Posted by DAVID CLONINGER on November 15, 2013 

Connor Shaw

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

1. MIKE MIKE MIKE

Mike Davis has been rather pointed about his feelings for this game. He feels that he owes Florida something for not returning the loyalty he expressed to it early in the recruiting process. He remains the SEC’s leading rusher (by 20 yards over Auburn’s Tre Mason) and can keep chasing the rushing title as well.

2. THE OTHER GUYS

Georgia and Auburn play at 3:30, so USC will know how that game is going as its pulling up to Williams-Brice Stadium. If it’s Auburn, it’s more incentive to get Florida out of the way early. If it’s Georgia, USC has to look at it as its SEC championship hopes are almost snuffed, but they still have a great chance at a BCS bowl.

3. WILL HE OR WILL HE NOT?

Florida’s brass has been publicly supportive of embattled coach Will Muschamp, but if the Gators lose Saturday, Florida’s only hope at a bowl game is to upset Florida State. If Muschamp was a Tennessee coach and lost Saturday, he’d undoubtedly be turfed.

4. RECORD WATCHES

USC can set a school record for consecutive home wins at 16 on Saturday, and Connor Shaw can tie Todd Ellis with his 24th win as a starting quarterback. Records keep being set under coach Steve Spurrier.

5. BE SPECIAL

Joe Robinson has to be feeling the heat. USC was blown out in The Swamp last year mostly because of not holding onto the ball on special teams. Giving the Gators any kind of momentum would not be good. The best option might be to just take a knee.

Go Gamecocks is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service