GAINESVILLE, Florida (Ticker) -- No. 14 Florida will have one eye on the scoreboard Saturday when its concludes Southeastern Conference play against struggling South Carolina.
The Gators (7-3, 5-2) enter the final weekend of conference play one game behind Georgia in the SEC East. A win over the Gamecocks, coupled with a Georgia loss to Auburn, will give Florida the division title.
The Gators own the tiebreaker edge, having beaten the Bulldogs two weeks ago as part of their current three-game winning streak.
The start of the game has been pushed back to accommodate ESPN, so Florida will know the outcome of the Georgia game when it takes the field.
Florida's SEC-record string of 12 straight nine-win seasons is in jeopardy. The Gators close the regular season in two weeks against Florida State.
Florida appeared to suffer a letdown last week following its victory over Georgia but held off Vanderbilt, 21-17, to remain in contention in the SEC.
Florida, which has played in seven of the previous 10 SEC championship games, did not score in the second half.
The Gators built a 21-10 halftime lead and the defense did the rest, allowing just 94 yards through the air. Florida ranks fifth nationally against the pass (152.4 yards per game) and has held three opponents under 100 yards.
That could spell more bad news for South Carolina (5-5, 3-4), which suffered a 23-0 loss to Arkansas last week. The Gamecocks used two quarterbacks and neither was effective. Corey Jenkins completed just 10-of-23 passes for 79 yards with two interceptions. Erik Kimrey was 3-of-8 for 10 yards and a pick.
After making consecutive bowl appearances for just the second time in school history, South Carolina has fallen on hard times. The Gamecocks have dropped three in a row and have scored just 40 points in their last four games.
Despite the struggles, 65-year-old coach Lou Holtz said he will return next season.
Florida has won 11 straight against South Carolina and leads the all-time series, 16-3-3. The Gators rolled to a 54-17 victory last year and are 10-0 against the Gamecocks since the schools became SEC rivals.