Saturday, October 20, 2012
Welcome to the house Spurrier built
By Chris Low
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Welcome from the house that Steve Spurrier built.
OK, the Head Ball Coach didn’t build it, but he did name it.
The Swamp and Spurrier will always be intertwined.
But on Saturday, Spurrier will be trying to ruin his alma mater’s season, and in the process, take a big step toward getting South Carolina back to the SEC championship game for the second time in three years.
Spurrier, who was 68-5 at the Swamp as Florida’s coach, won the last time he was here to clinch the Gamecocks’ first-ever trip to the SEC championship game in 2010.
If he can duplicate that feat, the Gamecocks would be two wins away -- home games against Tennessee and Arkansas -- from locking up the Eastern Division title.
The No. 2 Gators will be trying to take down their second top-10 foe at home in the past three weeks. They beat LSU two weeks ago here and didn’t allow a touchdown.
A win Saturday would set up a showdown with Georgia next week in Jacksonville that would almost certainly decide the East race.
There have been a lot of big games played in this stadium over the past two decades. But with the way the Gators have it going now under Will Muschamp, and when you add in the Spurrier factor and what the game means, this one is as big as any since Tim Tebow’s senior season in 2009.