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The Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks is no doubt a heated rivalry in the SEC. But on Saturday night in prime time, it takes on a whole new level, with the eyes of the college football landscape going to be fixated on this top-six battle.
The No.5 Bulldogs travel the couple of hours it takes to get across the state line to Columbia to visit the No.6 Gamecocks.
Typically, Georgia and South Carolina meet in the first conference game of the season. But the schedule moved it back to October because of the fact that two new members joined the conference slate.
College football should be happy, as we get arguably the best showdown of the year show far. And with No.4 LSU and No.10 Florida playing earlier, it is a huge day in the SEC.
So how do oddsmakers see this one going?
Well, playing at home definitely has its advantages in the SEC, and in this case as well. South Carolina vs Georgia Betting Odds available at Bovada sportsbook have set the Gamecocks as two-point favorites over the Bulldogs to get the win. So as you can see, oddsmakers are expecting a very tightly contested battle in Columbia. to cover, South Carolina will need at least a field-goal victory, while Georgia can cover with a loss by one point or a win straight up.
South Carolina came into Athens last season and came away with a 45-42 victory in a shootout. The turnovers of the Bulldogs killed them, which they will try to avoid.
The Bulldogs come in having scored more than 40 points in every game this season, thanks to the play of quarterback Aaron Murray, and the emergence of two fantastic freshman running backs in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Gurley leads the SEC in touchdowns with 10 already this season.
It will be a tall task for the South Carolina defense to slow down this red hot Bulldog offensive attack. At the same time though, Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore will also be a cause for concern for the Georgia defense. And with quarterback Connor Shaw playing the best football of his career, that adds a new dimension of offense for head coach Steve Spurrier.
This one has the makings to be great, with both teams coming in playing very well. The difference could be the Georgia defense, and how they respond from a poor showing against Tennessee last weekend.
The Bulldogs and Gamecocks kick off at 7pm ET, with coverage picked up by ESPN.