College football: Can Central Florida upset South Carolina?

On Saturday, South Carolina plays at Central Florida, a team that might be labeled a mid-major but a team that has shown it is quite capable of playing with big boys.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 27, 2013
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Give South Carolina credit. The 12th-ranked Gamecocks haven't had an easy opponent yet. South Carolina beat North Carolina 27-10, lost to Georgia 41-30 and beat Vanderbilt 35-25.

The easy pickings will come. Kentucky, Coastal Carolina.

But not Saturday. South Carolina plays at Central Florida, a team that might be labeled a mid-major but a team that has shown it is quite capable of playing with big boys.

The Golden Knights won 34-31 at Penn State two weeks ago. They played tough at Ohio State last season before losing 31-16.

Central Florida has a coach (George O'Leary) who knows what he's doing, an effective quarterback in junior Blake Bortles and a tailback (Storm Johnson) averaging over 100 yards rushing per game.

South Carolina is a 7 1/2-point favorite, but let's go with Central Florida in the upset.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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