Why UF will beat South Carolina

Gators will beat Gamecocks by double digits; more Week 8 bold predictions

Updated: October 18, 2012, 1:43 PM ET
By Phil Steele | Special to ESPN Insider
Mike Gillislee, Ego Ferguson, Lamin BarrowAP Photo/John RaouxMike Gillislee and Florida will keep rolling this week versus South Carolina.

While the Pittsburgh Panthers let me down last week by not upsetting Louisville, I was pretty satisfied with my bold predictions, including Wisconsin destroying Purdue on the road 38-14 to improve my toss-up game record to 6-1 on the year.

Here are my bold predictions for Week 8:

1. Florida will beat South Carolina by double digits
The Florida Gators have been featured in this column on almost a weekly basis, and all they have done is go a perfect 6-0, earning the No. 2 spot in the first BCS standings on the strength of their quality wins over Texas A&M, Tennessee and LSU. This week is yet another test for them, as they welcome the South Carolina Gamecocks and former coach Steve Spurrier in a game that could determine the winner of the SEC East division.

There are many reasons why I think Florida will win this easier than expected. Let's start by looking at the schedules these two have played to date.

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