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For the first time since 1982, Georgia is ranked the #1 team in the country during the season. Coming off an impressive 42-7 win over Florida last week, (their biggest margin of victory over the Gators since, also 1982) the Dawgs look to continue their hot hand against the 6-2 Gamecocks. Obviously, there is the storyline of Will Muschamp vs Kirby Smart, former UGA secondary teammates facing one another. Though, they also have coached together at Valdosta State and at LSU with Nick Saban in 2004. Smart had the last laugh during their first meeting, winning 28-14 last year in Columbia behind Chubb & Michel both rushing for over 100 yards. This year, much of the same type of game is expected. Smart’s Dawgs are 8-0, but do not discount Muschamp’s Gamecocks, as they can still win the SEC East by winning out and Georgia losing against Auburn or Kentucky as well.
The only way I see South Carolina pulling off the upset tomorrow is through their Quarterback Jake Bentley making plays on third downs to extend drives, keeping Georgia’s high-powered offense off the field. Deebo Samuel and Rico Dowdle are both out for Carolina, limiting their big play options from skill players. Hayden Hurst can scare Georgia’s defense, but I do not believe Carolina has enough athletes to match Georgia’s #3 ranked total defense. I see Georgia covering the 24 ½ point spread, winning 38-10 behind Fromm throwing for stats close to 150-175 yards 2 TD’s, Chubb 95-110 yards 1 touchdown, & Michel 85-100 yards 1 Touchdown.
God Bless & Go Dawgs!