SEC Power Rankings: Game on
2022 Record: 8-5
2023 FPI Rating: 5.6
ESPN Win Projection: 5-7
South Carolina wasn’t a great team last season until their final two games. They were smacked by Florida football before pulling off two upsets to shock the world.
Florida also put up a greater fight against Georgia than South Carolina did, and this year the game is in Athens.
They do have a veteran roster coming back, with every projected starter on offense being a junior or senior.
Spencer Rattler is back under center, and it highlights the problem with this roster. It’s a veteran roster, but it’s not a highly touted one. The 2021 recruiting class had zero four-stars on it, and they didn’t do much in the transfer portal.
South Carolina is also a team that could wind up higher up the standings than they actually deserve. Their two cross-over games this year are Mississippi State and Texas A&M, so its possible they finish ahead of Florida even if the Gators emerge victorious on October 14.