In preparation for this weekend’s road trip to Florida, USC football is playing Tom Petty songs during practice to simulate the crowd noise the Gamecocks will face at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Petty, a rock-and-roll icon and native of Gainesville, is as synonymous with Florida football as Tim Tebow. So, as his team readies for this Saturday’s SEC East matchup, Shane Beamer is hoping that his team will be “runnin’ down a dream” in “The Swamp”.
On Tuesday, the Gamecocks’ head coach met with the media to preview the 43rd renewal of USC and Florida. The Gators lead the all-time series 29-10-3, which includes a 16-2 advantage in Gainesville. However, the two teams have split the last twelve matchups, with Carolina posting a 40-17 win in Columbia last season. That was the most points USC had scored against Florida in the series and its largest margin of victory. Kickoff is set for 4pm on the SEC Network.