Once again, it's Friday Forecast o'clock, this time for Florida's Saturday matchup with South Carolina in Columbia. As always, we're using a custom widget provided by The Crowd's Line, and participating is simple: Just plug in your final score in the widget, and it will tally up all the scores to show you how the world, Florida fans, and South Carolina fans are feeling about this game.
And in case you need some help making a prediction, here are five facts about the two teams, presented with no guarantees of actual value:
- South Carolina has won two straight games over Florida — its longest streak in the series. Florida holds a 24-8-3 edge over the Gamecocks, and lost consecutive games in 2013 and 2014, 2010 and 2011, and 1936 and 1939.
- Because of those wins, South Carolina is 4-1 against Florida this decade, after going 1-17 against Florida over the last two decades.
- Brandon Wilds, a fifth-year senior who seemingly began his South Carolina career along with George Rogers, is finally in line to be South Carolina's leading rusher for the 2015 season, with 507 yards on the year. Wilds has had wildly (sorry) different games against Florida in his career: He ran for 120 yards on Florida in 2011, missed 2012 and 2013 matchups with the Gators, and then mustered just 34 yards on 12 carries in 2014.
- Florida's Demarcus Robinson and Antonio Callaway are both on pace to top 600 receiving yards in 2015. They would be the first pair of Florida teammates to do so since 2009, when Tim Tebow's roommate and the guy Tebow once tried to save from a bar fight both topped 850 receiving yards.
- Jonathan Bullard has 13 tackles for loss and five sacks over the first nine games of Florida's season, putting him on pace to outdo Dante Fowler's 15 tackles for loss and challenge 8.5 sacks from 2014. But Bullard has a ways to go to close on the Florida record for total tackles for loss: Wilber Marshall had 27 (16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks) in 1981, when he was not named a consensus All-American, because college football writers have always been stupid.