Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (1-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 13, 2014, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +6 -- Over/Under:
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs face off on Saturday in Columbia in a SEC college football rivalry game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the big game with Georgia at 1-1 on the season. After getting crushed by Texas A&M in their opener South Carolina bounced back with a win over East Carolina week two. Gamecock’s QB Dylan Thompson had pretty big expectations heading into this season but he seems to be the same player we have seen in the past overthrowing open receivers at times and throwing strikes at others but overall it is tough to win in the SEC with this type of inconsistency under center. What makes Thompson’s lack of progress even more disturbing is the Cocks have a strong running game led by Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds who are good as any tandem in the nation. South Carolina also has a talented group of receivers including Pharoh Cooper and Nick Jones and while they can get open, Thompson still has to get the ball to them accurately. Defensively this clearly isn’t the same type of unit we have seen from South Carolina in recent years and they just seem more blockable up front and they aren’t tackling like we have become accustomed to from a Gamecocks defense. Skai Moore leads the SC defense with 13 tackles including one sack and T.J. Gurley has 12 tackles and an interception but the unit as a while has just one sack and has created just two turnovers. There were fairly high expectations for South Carolina this season but thus far I haven’t seen anything on the field that makes me believe Steve Spurrier’s team is capable of delivering on them.
The Georgia Bulldogs had a week off in week two to prepare for this game and recover from their week one convincing win over Clemson. Georgia looked good on both sides of the ball against Clemson but at home at night is a different atmosphere than going on the road in the SEC. Bulldogs QB Mason Hutson played within himself in week one completing nearly 70 percent of his passes but for just 131 yards managing the game. The reality of it is Georgia is going to lean on the running game led by Todd Gurley who looked every bit the part of a leading Heisman Trophy candidate rushing for 198 yards and three touchdowns and scoring a special teams touchdown on a kick return. Michael Bennett and Sny Michel were Hutson’s top targets but look for the passing game to take on an increased role as teams concentrate on shutting down Gurley and the ground attack. The Dawgs defense brought the heat with five sacks in week one led by Amarlo Herrera who had 12 tackles including two sacks and Leonard Floyd who had seven tackles including two sacks. With their impressive win over Clemson the expectations for Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs were raised but the reality of it is that is just one game in a long season.
South Carolina is 5-1 against the spread at home against a team with a winning record, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 12-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. Georgia is 3-8-1 against the spread in their last 12 games, 3-1-1 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games. The Favorite has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two.
While South Carolina hasn’t looked great this year, this is one of those games in one of those series where you can truly throw most of it out of the window and what we re going to have is a tight hard fought game. Most South Carolina-Georgia games are very close so getting nearly a touchdown with the home team isn’t something I am going to pass up.
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