A little bit of this and a little bit of that heading into Friday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl matchup between Florida State and South Carolina:
South Carolina changed up its bowl preparation this season and went first-team offense against first-team defense for at least 20 minutes in every practice leading up to the bowl game.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was 5-8-1 against Florida State during his tenure at Florida. During the stretch where the Gators won four straight SEC championships from 1993-96, Florida won only once over Florida State during the regular season.
The Gamecocks are trying to win 10 games in a season for only the second time in school history. They finished 10-2 in 1984 under Joe Morrison, but lost two of their last three games. One of those losses was to Navy when the Gamecocks were unbeaten, ranked No. 2 nationally and in line to play for the national championship. It's a loss that still haunts South Carolina fans to this day.
This is the 29th consecutive bowl game for Florida State, the longest streak in the country among FBS teams. It's a streak that goes back to the 1982 Gator Bowl.
Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore is South Carolina’s all-time leader in single-season touchdowns with 19. He needs just one more score to tie Tennessee’s Reggie Cobb (1987) for the SEC freshman scoring record.
The Gamecocks are 4-6 under Spurrier in games matching nationally ranked teams. That includes a 3-3 mark this season.
Florida State first-year coach Jimbo Fisher and Spurrier meet as head coaches for the first time. However, they have been on opposite sidelines on numerous occasions. While the quarterbacks coach at Auburn (1993-98) and offensive coordinator at LSU (2000-06), Fisher faced Spurrier’s Gators (1990-01) eight times with Florida winning six times.
South Carolina junior Terrence Campbell will fill in for the injured Garrett Chisolm at right offensive guard. Jarriel King could also be an option there.
Florida State leads the country with 46 sacks, while South Carolina is fifth with 39.