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South Carolina vs. Florida 2012 final score: Gators blast Spurrier, now one step from Atlanta

Any more questions about Florida being ranked No. 2 in the country? The Gators disposed of Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks, 44-11, in the Swamp.

Chris Trotman

The Florida Gators have left little doubt as to where they stand in the national rankings, doing South Carolina quite like South Carolina just did Georgia.

The box score shows Florida only compiling 183 yards, but that's deceptive. Four early turnovers doomed the 'Cocks, who saw Florida score its first three touchdowns on drives of two, 29, and two yards. Of the Gators' seven scoring drives, the longest was only 59 yards, while the closest South Carolina got was a 30-yard field goal.

Steve Spurrier benched Connor Shaw a week after half-wondering if his quarterback's bad decisions were due to a head injury. Dylan Thompson replaced him, and it's hard to say either's numbers were any better: Shaw's 8 of 19 for 83 yards or Thompson's 9 of 20 for 72 and a pick. At least Thompson didn't have this happen to him:


Box score hero: Kinda have to go Jeff Driskel, who went 11 of 16 for four touchdowns and a 12-yard scramble, though Trey Burton putting up a forced fumble, fumble recovery, 10 yards rushing and a completed pass is a neat stat line.

Rankings ramifications: Florida ranked No. 2 in the initial BCS standings, to some controversy. With the computers now almost certain to rank the Gators No. 1 again and the two human polls likely to inch them at least closer to No. 2, we should see a clear BCS No. 2. Without much controversy. Carolina, meanwhile, has two quality losses, but should leave the Top 15.

Next week: Florida's to Jacksonville to face archrival, No. 11 Georgia. A win assures Florida of a trip to the SEC Championship Game. The Cocks head home to face Tennessee, which should be 3-4.

For more on Gators football, visit Florida blog Alligator Army, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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