GAINESVILLE (AP) - Florida has played for division titles, conference championships, even for the ultimate trophies.
South Carolina? Well, this could be the biggest game in school history. At the very least, the Gamecocks haven't had this much at stake in a decade.
No. 22 South Carolina and 24th-ranked Florida will decide the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division in the Swamp Saturday night, a winner-take-all game between teams that stumbled during the season, but still managed a meaningful game in November.
The winner earns a spot in Atlanta for the league title game next month and gets a chance to make the Bowl Championship Series. The loser falls to a less-than-desirable bowl and has to wait another year - maybe longer - for another shot.
"We're looking forward to it," said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, whose latest return to his alma mater and his former coaching stop is merely a subplot. "Like I told our guys, 'We're going on the big stage, fellas. If you're a little nervous about it and scared, then we're all in trouble.'"
The Gators (6-3, 4-3 SEC) have been here before. They pretty much own the East. They have a 16-game winning streak against division opponents and have won the East three times in the last four years.
The Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) haven't been in this position - a one-game showdown for the division title - since 2000.