South Carolina Gamecocks (+6.5,
Georgia hasn’t scored more than 20 points at Williams-Brice
Stadium in 20 years, but the Bulldogs haven’t always had Todd
Gurley running the ball. The Heisman Trophy candidate leads the
sixth-ranked Bulldogs into a key SEC East road contest against
No. 23 South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks have won the
past two meetings at Williams-Brice — and three of the past
four matchups overall — but have never won three straight at
home against the Bulldogs.
It’s the SEC opener for Georgia, which opened the season with
an impressive 45-21 home win over Clemson and has emerged as
the favorite to win the SEC East. “Everybody feels like this
could be what decides the division,” Georgia coach Mark Richt
told reporters. “The reality is we’ve lost twice to them and
won the league. Missouri lost to them (in 2013) and won the
league. It’s not a guarantee that you’re out, but … everyone
wants to control their own destiny in this race to get to
Atlanta.” The Gamecocks already are playing catchup after a
season-opening 52-28 loss to Texas A&M on Aug. 28.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE:
LINE HISTORY: Since opening at South Carolina
+6, the line has shifted to +6.5. The total has seen a
small decrease from 60.0 to 59.5.
INJURY REPORT: Georgia:
SE Malcom Mitchell (Ques-Knee), SE Justin Scott-Wesley
(Ques-Knee), SE Jonathon Rumph (Doubt-Hamstring)
South Carolina: WR Pharoh Cooper
(Ques-Foot), G Brock Stadnik (Ques-Knee)
WEATHER REPORT: There is a of thunderstorms
throughout the game with a 65 percent chance of rainfall. At
kickoff, wind will be blowing south at around five mph and
dying down throughout the remainder of the
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “This will be by far our
biggest bet game of the day, and from all indication our
biggest decision of the day. With over 80 percent of the
bets and money on the road favorite, we’re going to need South
Carolina big. We opened Georgia a solid 6 point favorite
and with all the money on the Dawgs, we went from -6 -110, to
-6 -115, to -6.5 flat to now -6.5 -115. It’s the first
game me and my staff talked about [Friday] morning,
contemplating going to 7 and I do believe that unless we see a
surge of sharp money on the dog, we’re going to get to Georgia
-7 at some point [Friday], or very first thing [Saturday].”
Peter Childs of Sportsbook.ag.
ABOUT GEORGIA (1-0, 0-0 SEC): The Bulldogs’
streak of nine straight games being held to 20 points or fewer
at South Carolina seemingly is in jeopardy thanks to Gurley,
who racked up conference and national honors after compiling a
school-record 293 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns against
Clemson. Gurley is capable of being the workhorse and taking
pressure off quarterback Hutson Mason, who was an efficient
18-for-26 for 131 yards against Clemson. The defense’s debut
under new coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was strong, as the Bulldogs
held the Tigers scoreless after halftime and allowed only 15
total yards on 22 plays after the break.
ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-1): The Gamecocks
got star running back Mike Davis going in last week’s 33-23 win
over East Carolina, as he rushed for 101 yards for his eighth
career 100-yard game. That balance is critical to helping
quarterback Dylan Thompson settle into his starting role, which
he has done nicely thus far, passing for 632 yards with five
touchdowns and two interceptions. The defense is still
adjusting to life without No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and
has struggled against the pass and had a tough time getting off
the field on third down.
*Over is 7-1 in Bulldogs last 8 games after scoring more than
40 points in their previous game.
*Gamecocks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS
*Under is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings.
*Bulldogs are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: 65.8 percent of
Covers users are taking Georgia -6.5 with 55 percent
totals bettors taking the over.