Phil Steele putting Florida on upset alert for Week 8
We were treated to some upsets last weekend and according to ESPN college football expert Phil Steele, we should be expecting more of the same this weekend in the SEC.
During a recent appearance on the “College Sports Now” show, Steele is not only calling for an upset, he likes a usual suspect to be the team that pulls it off.
When it comes to South Carolina, Steele believes Will Muschamp and company and turned that ship around following the rough start to the season.
“Two weeks ago, they were desperate. Will Muschamp had them at home against Kentucky, they came out and played great and I think they really have turned their season around,” Steele said on the show.
Does that mean South Carolina will manage to pull off an upset for the second consecutive week? Here’s what Steele offered up when asked to share his thoughts on Florida’s upcoming trip to South Carolina.
“I like the underdog’s chances in this one,” Steele said on the show. “You talk about an emotional win, I don’t know if South Carolina got emotional after upsetting Georgia but I don’t think they came into that game on a huge, emotional swing thinking they were going to upset Georgia, it just happened that way. I think what it did do, it gave this South Carolina team a lot of confidence, they are now at home, they are playing their best ball of the season. Remember, this offense put up 459 yards of total offense and 31 first downs on Alabama at home four weeks ago.”
The difference in this matchup, according to Steele, could be the Gators’ ability to get up for another SEC game after consecutive tough matchups.
“With Florida, I wonder how much you have left in the tank,” Steele continued. “They were in The Swamp, against Auburn, had to give full-force, 100 percent effort, then last week in Death Valley against LSU, once again, full-force, 100 percent effort. Now you are on the road again? I wonder how much is left in the tank for Florida whereas I think South Carolina is actually charged up now, at home, winning a game they didn’t think they were gonna win. I like the way they have been playing since they got desperate prior to Kentucky. So, I think Florida should be on upset alert.”
It appears Steele believes Muschamp and his reading glasses are about to improve to 3-0 on the season.