USC coach Steve Spurrier held his weekly press conference to discuss this weekend’s SEC East deciding game against Florida. Even with so much on the line this weekend, Spurrier did not appear any more or less animated than he is on any given Tuesday.
Spurrier said his team is well aware of what is at stake. He said you work hard in the summer and preseason to play in games like this. He acknowledged that his team hasn’t played particularly well of late, but added that nothing that’s happened to this point really matters. The winner of Saturday’s game will be the SEC East champion and represent the East in the title game next month.
A few other key notes about this matchup
- Spurrier said center TJ Johnson’s sprained knee is getting better and he should be ready to play on Saturday. Fellow offensive lineman Jarriel King suffered a slight concussion against Arkansas but he should also be ready to play. Cornerback C.C. Whitlock, who also suffered a concussion Saturday, could be available to play too. Spurrier said walk-on Marty Markett played well in place of Whitlock and will continue to get snaps.
- Spurrier downplayed the significance of facing the school he played and coached at for the division crown. He mentioned his name is on the stadium and that there are probably a few freshmen on the team that don’t know he played and coached at Florida.
- This is the first time USC has ever faced Florida and been the higher ranked team. The Gamecock are 22nd in this week’s AP poll, the Gators are 24th. This is just the fourth time that both teams have been ranked during their annual matchup, 2000, 2001, and 2008 are the other three.
- Florida is 14-3-3 all-time against USC. The Gamecocks have knocked off the Gators just once since joining the SEC (2005).
- The Gators are 12-0 all-time vs. USC at the Swamp.