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Wednesday October 17, 2012 Checking the pulse of Saturday's Florida-South Carolina showdown

The big game is three days away and the buzz continues to build for Florida-South Carolina at The Swamp on Saturday.

The Gators (6-0, 5-0 in SEC) lead the SEC East and South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) wants to pull back into a tie following last week's loss at LSU. The winner of this game controls its own destiny for the rest of the season.

Win out and go to Atlanta.

As you can imagine, there is plenty being written about Saturday's game. Here are some fresh links from around the Internet:

--The Gators are winning without much passing and don't seem to mind writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.

--Antonya English of the Tampa Bay Times writes about the Marcus Lattimore-Mike Gillislee factor in Saturday's game.

--The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu writes about the Spurrier Specter whenever the Gators face South Carolina.

--ESPN.com's Ed Aschoff offers his midseason report card on the Gators.

--South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney a point of emphasis for the Gators writes Matt Watts of the Miami Herald.

--Gators safety Josh Evans with his take on Lattimore from ESPN.com GatorNation writer Mike DiRocco.

--Gainesville is abuzz as Gators prepare to host South Carolina writes Edgar Thompson of The Orlando Sentinel.

--Florida Today's David Jones writes that Florida's revival is due to its stout defense and running game.

--South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles could face punishment for a punch thrown in last week's loss at LSU writes Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com.

--Gators face a challenge in facing Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier writes Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union.

--Here are excerpts from Spurrier's press conference on Tuesday.

--Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi writes that Gators coach Will Muschamp must beat the head ball coach to be the head ball coach.

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