Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) at South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 8, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +10 -- Over/Under: 53
The South Carolina Gamecocks and the Georgia Bulldogs face off on Saturday in a college football week 2 SEC rivalry game.
The Georgia Bulldogs come into this matchup looking to build on a solid start to the year, defeating Austin Peay in a 45-0 rout in their regular season opener last time out. Jake Fromm threw for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 of 16 passing, while Justin Fields added a 3rd TD pass for the Dawgs in the win. Demetris Robinson’s lone rush led the Bulldogs with 72 rushing yards and a touchdown while James Cook came right behind with 66 rushing yards on 6 carries and D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield each had a rushing score in the win. Mecole Hardman’s 2 receptions gave him a team-high 63 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Riley Ridley and Isaac Nauta each had a touchdown grab and Swift caught a team-high 4 passes in the winning effort. J.R. Reed led the Georgia defense with 4 tackles, while holding Austin Peay to just 152 yards of total offense, 7 first downs and a 2 for 13 mark on 3rd down in the game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks will be looking for a signature win to pick up some steam after a 49-15 beatdown of Coastal Carolina in their regular season opener. Jake Bentley threw for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns on 22 of 29 passing, while Michael Scarnecchia added a 5th touchdown pass in relief. Rico Dowdle led the Gamecocks with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries while Ty’Son Williams added 82 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Shi Smith led the Gamecocks with 61 receiving yards, while Deebo Samuel had a team-high 7 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. Bryan Edwards, Randrecous Davis, the aforementioned Dowdle and Kiel Pollard each added a touchdown reception as well in the winning effort. Defensively, the Gamecocks combined for 3 sacks and a forced fumble that they also recovered, while T.J. Brunson led South Carolina with 6 tackles.
Georgia is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 conference matchups. South Carolina is 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 7-1-3 ATS in their last 11 conference matchups while the under is 21-8 in their last 29 games following a win. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Both sides will see a step up in competition from what they got in week 1, and while points at home with South Carolina is tempting, I can’t go against Georgia here. The Bulldogs were able to show that they still have depth at running back and while the Gamecocks have been a tough out at home, Georgia has dominated ATS on the road, going 9-1 ATS in their last 10 trips on the road and have covered in 7 of their last 9 games laying points on the road. Give me Georgia to win this one by 10-14 points.