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Florida Is Off To A Terrible Start vs. South Carolina

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask plays for the Gators in an SEC game.

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 28: Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators looks on during the second quarter of a game against the Towson Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Florida and South Carolina entered this weekend trending in different directions. The Gators are coming off their first loss of the season, whereas the Gamecocks are fresh off an upset win over the Georgia Bulldogs.

If the Gators want to bounce back with a statement win on the road, they'll have to shake off a sloppy start to this afternoon's game.

South Carolina began the first quarter with a touchdown on the opening drive. Most of the yards on that drive came from a flea flicker.

The Gamecocks then forced the Gators into a quick three-and-out on their first drive of the game.

Will Muschamp's team has been playing excellent football of late.

With South Carolina's momentum from last week's win carrying over into the start of this SEC showdown, Florida needs a quick response on offense.

For now though, it's been all about the Gamecocks.

The Gators managed to put points on the board during their second drive as kicker Evan McPherson connected on a 48-yard field goal. Florida now trails 7-3 toward the end of the first quarter.

It's imperative that Florida's offense doesn't settle for field goals too often, especially with Ryan Hilinksi off to a hot start for South Carolina.

Fans can watch this game on ESPN.