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Offensive nightmare for Gators continues

It's been an offensive nightmare for Florida this season, and there's really no other way to say it.

The Gators dropped their fifth game of the season Saturday, losing 17-12 at South Carolina. In the past six games, Florida's offense has been held to 13 points or fewer five times. The lone exception was last week in the Gators' 26-21 win against Vanderbilt.

Senior quarterback John Brantley is battling, but simply isn't 100 percent. That's obvious in watching him try to move around.

The Gators did get a boost from Chris Rainey's return to the lineup after he missed last week's game. Rainey rushed for 132 yards on 17 carries, but the Gators converted just 2-of-9 on third down, lost a pair of fumbles and Brantley was sacked three times.

Florida (5-5, 3-5) shouldn't have any problem getting to six wins next week against Furman and qualifying for a bowl game, but Florida State also comes to town that final weekend of the regular season.

The Gators have now lost nine straight games to nationally ranked foes going back to last season. They're also in danger of losing six games in a season for the first time since 1987.