(Sports) College GameDay: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 9 South Carolina

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 9 South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Saturday

The game will include two top-10 teams, ESPN’s College GameDay on location in Gainesville and the return of Gator legend Steve Spurrier. This is just the seventh time in school history that South Carolina (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has entered a game ranked in the top 10 and playing another top-10 opponent — but the third time in as many weeks. South Carolina is 1-5 in those games. Florida is 6-0 for the eighth time in school history and 5-0 in the league. South Carolina enters the game with a two-game winning streak over the Gators, but in 32 meetings Florida has never lost three in a row to the Gamecocks.

Watch out for …

This was supposed to be a showcase battle between Florida RB Mike Gillislee and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore — two of the SEC’s best. But Lattimore has a bruised his hip and is questionable. His value? USC has never lost when he has at least 20 carries. If he can’t go, the Gamecocks have capable backups, but it puts more pressure on QB Connor Shaw and the passing game. Florida has relied more on the run than the arm of QB Jeff Driskel, who threw just 20 passes last week, but the Gators insist they aren’t one-dimensional and can break out the passing game if necessary.

(Sports) Clemson’s Swinney says No. 4 FSU should be favored

Clemson’s Dabo Swinney says if he were a casual college football fan, he would pick No. 4 Florida State to beat the 10th-ranked Tigers.

Swinney said Tuesday there are few teams in the nation, other than maybe No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 LSU, who’d be favored to beat the Seminoles on their home turf this season.

The Tigers enter their first Atlantic Coast Conference game as a two-touchdown underdog to Florida State (3-0, 1-0 ACC). That makes sense to Swinney, who says the defending ACC champions aren’t that great a team yet despite their second straight 3-0 start.

Swinney said Florida State has shown explosiveness on offense and power on defense that make them among the country’s best. It’s the ACC’s first matchup of top 10 opponents since 2007.