GEORGIA VS SOUTH CAROLINA PREVIEW
SEC vs. SEC action FINALLY begins with this East Division showdown in Columbia, South Carolina.
Williams-Brice Stadium is going to be rocking when the No. 24-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks host the defending SEC Champion and 3rd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. It’s a matchup that could easily be considered the biggest game of the Will Muschamp Era at South Carolina. The winner of this game will have an early, inside track on a trip to Atlanta.
For Georgia, there is a new cast of running backs but they are still just as big, just as strong and just as fast. D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield both picked up touchdowns last week against an overmatched Austin Peay team. Demetris Robertson also got in on the running attack picking up a 72-yard touchdown for the Bulldogs.
UGA heads into its first tough road environment this season but there is plenty of experience in big games from quarterback Jake Fromm. Last year, Fromm went 16-22 for 196 yards and two touchdowns in Athens. He didn’t throw an interception, and thats what he is going to have to on Saturday for Georgia to escape what has been a popular upset pick nationally.
There is a reason this has been a popular upset pick. A lot of that has to do with the talent SC has on both sides of the ball. Georgia has to replace a lot on defense, and while they are still extremely talented due to Kirby Smart’s recruiting prowess, they are inexperienced in some areas. South Carolina has both talent and experience. Jake Bentley has his big weapon back in human cheat code Deebo Samuel.
Samuel didn’t play in last year’s matchup, and has to have a good game to spring this upset. Bentley threw two interceptions in what ended being a 24-10 Georgia win. Gamecocks running back Rico Dowdle also did not play against Georgia last year, so he too will look to make an impact on this game.
The two previous South Carolina-Georgia games ended in two touchdown wins for the Bulldogs. Will Muschamp has seemed like he wants to slow the game down, force less possessions, and see what happens. It hasn’t happened the last couple years, but at home, with his most talented team yet, this could be the year they make a couple plays and force a couple turnovers to pull this upset.
Georgia has more talent and is one of the favorites to win the SEC Championship. However, don’t we love this sport because of the upsets? South Carolina has a chance to blow the East open a bit. This should be a fun one.
HOW TO WATCH SOUTH CAROLINA VS GEORGIA
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Commentators: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie Erdahl
Radio: Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network, Gamecock Radio Affiliates
Streaming: I will reiterate what Rob said, you can stream it on CBS All-Access if you pay for it. Otherwise you have to have one of these very specific cable providers.