Week six of the college football season brings a bunch of really good games. One of those games will take place in Columbia, South Carolina, where the Gamecocks and Georgia Bulldogs battle for a place atop the SEC East. This game is typically close, as both teams generally come in with the same talent level. Georgia comes to this game with a great offense, but some question marks on defense. South Carolina has the opposite problem, as its defense is great and its offense has been questionable at times. The oddsmakers have made South Carolina a very slight favorite in this game.
South Carolina comes into this battle as the six ranked team in the country and as a one or two point favorite, depending upon where you make your bets. When you look at this game, you see a South Carolina running game that should be able to poke some holes in Georgia’s front. You also see a South Carolina passing game that has had its good moments this season. In fact, QB Connor Shaw was the best thing going in the South Carolina win over Missouri earlier this month. He will need to be sharp again if the Gamecocks are going to win this game.
Georgia has been able to move the ball against everyone so far. The team has really not been tested, though. They just won at home against Tennessee in a game that probably should not have been so close. They did go to Missouri for a night game, so perhaps that could be considered something of a challenge. Beyond that, the Dogs have been beating up on poor competition. They have consistently put up big numbers both through the air and on the ground, where running back Todd Gurley has looked like the real deal. They will need to prove that they can produce against a good defense.
South Carolina looked rough one week ago at Kentucky. They looked past the Wildcats in the first half and had to engineer a comeback to get the win. They will look better at home, with the strength of a good night crowd helping them. This game will come down to how Georgia QB Aaron Murray can handle the South Carolina pressure. One year ago, he gave away the game with turnovers when Georgia should have easily beaten South Carolina. They will get a chance at redemption on Saturday night.
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