For the 69th time, the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks will tango on Saturday night. This border rivalry has been dominated historically by the Dawgs. UGA has 48 wins in the previous 68 contests with the Gamecocks and has won five of the last six meetings. The lone loss came in a 2OT tussle back in 2019. Last year, Georgia ran roughshod, defeating South Carolina 45-16. Given the valley’s difference between the two teams, another lopsided result could be in the cards.
How to watch Georgia vs. South Carolina
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Watch Online: ESPN App
Spread: Georgia -31 | South Carolina +31
Moneyline: Georgia -9000 | South Carolina +3000
Back in 2019, South Carolina was a +1000 underdog on the moneyline prior to their upset win. This time around, they’re even bigger longshots. It’s not hard to see why. Ranked second in the country, Georgia has one of the best defenses in the nation. Their line absolutely romped Clemson’s O-Line en route to their opening week win over the Tigers. South Carolina hasn’t struggled yet with protecting the QB, but they’ll have their hands full on Saturday night.
Of course, it should be noted that Georgia may again be shorthanded. JT Daniels is still dealing with injuries sustained in the win over Clemson. Stetson Bennett IV, who subbed in for Daniels in the romp over UAB, also is hurt. Bennett has been able to practice per coach Kirby Smart, and Carson Beck of course is waiting in the wings. If Georgia were facing stiffer competition, they might be in for some trouble. But since they may well overwhelm South Carolina Saturday night, this should again be smooth sailing.
While Georgia didn’t have a rusher over 40 yards last week, I’m not sure that’s a trend that will continue. I’d figure that the Dawgs will give Zamir White and Kendall Milton some more touches, with Daijun Edwards and Kenny McIntosh getting in on the fun as well.
It’s probably going to take a Herculean effort from South Carolina to keep up in this one. They’re just not there yet. With that said, I’m curious to see if Juju McDowell can get going at all. He’ll face a tough task, but he did go for 71 yards on just 11 carries last week against ECU. But he’s going to have to earn it against this Dawg defense.