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Gators Chomp South Carolina; Can Clinch SEC Berth Next Week

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Driskel threw four touchdown passes — three of them after turnovers — and No. 3 Florida matched its win total from last season with a 44-11 drubbing of ninth-ranked South Carolina on Saturday.  The Gators avenged consecutive losses to the Gamecocks, including one two years ago that ended with Steve Spurrier and his players celebrating a division title in The Swamp.

Florida’s latest whatever-it-takes win kept coach Will Muschamp’s team undefeated and put it on the cusp of the Southeasten Conference’s Eastern Division title.  The Gators (7-0, 6-0 SEC) can clinch a spot in the SEC Championship Game by beating No. 13 Georgia next week in nearby Jacksonville.

Florida won this one with turnovers, stellar defense and more halftime adjustments — the kind of successful tweaks that are making Muschamp and his staff seem like the right fit in Gainesville.

South Carolina (6-2, 4-2) lost its second straight.

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