Matchup: #6 Georgia (-6 at JustBet) vs #24 South Carolina
Date/Time: Saturday, September 13th @ 3:30 pm (EST)
Location: Columbia, SC (airing on CBS)
Preview: The Georgia Bulldogs look to make it 2-0 on the year when they travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Georgia was impressive in their opening game, thumping Clemson 45-21 as Todd Gurley had made his opening statement for his argument for Heisman trophy consideration, Gurley ran wild on the Tigers, rushing for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Hutson Mason didn’t have to do much, as the Bulldogs amassed 328 yards on the ground, and their offense outgained Clemson by almost 170 yards. The Tigers and Bulldogs were tied at the half, but Georgia pulled away scoring 24 unanswered points. Georgia’s defense unleashed the dogs in the 4th quarter, garnishing 4 of their 5 quarterback sacks in the final stanza.
South Carolina’s season has started out somewhat rocky. The Gamecocks lost their home opener to Texas A&M 52-28. The Aggies snapped SC’s home opener win streak and immediately had people wondering what kind of team this was going to be. The Gamecocks allowed 511 yards passing from A&M QB Kenny Hill, and had no answer for the Aggies’ offense. The Gamecocks got back in the win column last week with a win over East Carolina. Quarterback Dylan Thompson led his team to a 33-23 victory over the Pirates last week. The disturbing stat is the fact that East Carolina, a team out of Conference-USA outgained them in yardage and were only down 7 until a late South Carolina field goal.
In most cases where the line is where it is, I would consider taking the home dog here. But the thing that makes me hesitant is how South Carolina has looked in the past two weeks, with both contests being in their backyard. They got pummeled by Texas A&M, and weren’t impressive against a team from a lesser conference. In the meantime, you have a talented Georgia squad that has had two weeks to prepare. You might think you’re getting a bargain getting points at home, but think again. The look ahead line for this one before the regular season was South Carolina -3, that’s a heck of a points adjustment, don’t you think? I have to give the nod to Georgia here, as it’s quite evident South Carolina isn’t the team that we thought they’d be.
2014 Week 3 NCAA Football Picks: Georgia -6
Georgia at South Carolina Final Score Prediction: Georgia 42 – South Carolina 27