2012 College Football Week 6 Picks: Georgia over South Carolina

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2012 College Football Week 6 Picks: Georgia over South Carolina
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Game of the Week: Georgia at South Carolina

Alabama and LSU hog the SEC headlines, but Georgia and South Carolina deserve your full attention this week.

Mark Richt's Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season after outlasting Tennessee in a 51-44 track meet last Saturday. Quarterback Aaron Murray leads a balanced attack that is ranked inside the top-12 in total offense. The passing game is 29th at over 285 yards per game with Murray throwing 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions. Michael Bennett is his favorite receiver, by far, as he's hauled in 24 passes for 345 yards and four scores.

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are a two-headed beast in the backfield and the rush attack ranks eighth in the nation at better than 250 yards on the ground per game. Gurley averages 7.9 yards per carry, with Marshall picking up 8.2 per rush. The duo has combined for 14 touchdowns in five games.

UGA's offense will be put to the test as the Gamecocks are 13th in the nation in total defense and sixth in points allowed per game. Steve Spurrier's crew, also 5-0, has only allowed 11.2 points per game through the first five.

It's been about a year since running back Marcus Lattimore blew out his knee and was forced to miss most of the 2011 season. The workhorse has carried the ball 92 times for 440 yards (4.8 yards per carry) with five touchdowns this season.

An early-season quarterback carousel spun in favor of Connor Shaw who has received the start the last two weeks over Dylan Thompson. Shaw completed 20 straight passes in the Gamecocks' win over Missouri to boost his completion percentage, which currently rests at 78.1.

We simulated the Dawgs and Gamecocks 101 times and its Georgia coming away with the SEC East win on the road 59.4 percent of the time by an average score of 24-20.

College Football Week 6
Matchup Win% Avg Score  
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 31.7 24 Boxscore
@ Clemson Tigers 68.3 30  
Virginia Tech Hokies 46.5 23 Boxscore
@ North Carolina Tar Heels 53.5 24  
Virginia Cavaliers 55.4 27 Boxscore
@ Duke Blue Devils 44.6 24  
Florida State Seminoles 64.4 25 Boxscore
@ North Carolina State Wolfpack 35.6 19  
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 65.3 25 Boxscore
@ Maryland Terrapins 34.7 20  
Connecticut Huskies 31.2 16 Boxscore
@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights 68.8 22  
Miami (OH) RedHawks 34.7 20 Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bearcats 65.3 27  
Pittsburgh Panthers 59.4 27 Boxscore
@ Syracuse Orange 40.6 24  
South Florida Bulls 59.9 24 Boxscore
@ Temple Owls 40.1 20  
Illinois Fighting Illini 30.2 18 Boxscore
@ Wisconsin Badgers 69.8 25  
Nebraska Cornhuskers 40.1 24 Boxscore
@ Ohio State Buckeyes 59.9 27  
Northwestern Wildcats 42.6 24 Boxscore
@ Penn State Nittany Lions 57.4 25  
Michigan Wolverines 57.9 24 Boxscore
@ Purdue Boilermakers 42.1 20  
Michigan State Spartans 77.2 29 Boxscore
@ Indiana Hoosiers 22.8 18  
Massachusetts Minutemen 13.9 18 Boxscore
@ Western Michigan Broncos 86.1 34  
Buffalo Bulls 24.3 18 Boxscore
@ Ohio Bobcats 75.7 26  
Central Michigan Chippewas 28.7 23 Boxscore
@ Toledo Rockets 71.3 29  
Northern Illinois Huskies 56.4 27 Boxscore
@ Ball State Cardinals 43.6 24  
Kent State Golden Flashes 61.9 20 Boxscore
@ Eastern Michigan Eagles 38.1 16  
Bowling Green Falcons 73.3 28 Boxscore
@ Akron Zips 26.7 19  
Washington Huskies 30.7 25 Boxscore
@ Oregon Ducks 69.3 30  
Washington State Cougars 39.6 27 Boxscore
@ Oregon State Beavers 60.4 30  
Arizona Wildcats 46.5 25 Boxscore
@ Stanford Cardinal 53.5 26  
UCLA Bruins 57.4 24 Boxscore
@ California Golden Bears 42.6 20  
USC Trojans 81.2 31 Boxscore
@ Utah Utes 18.8 20  
Vanderbilt Commodores 46.5 20 Boxscore
@ Missouri Tigers 53.5 21  
Arkansas Razorbacks 48.5 23 Boxscore
@ Auburn Tigers 51.5 24  
Georgia Bulldogs 59.4 24 Boxscore
@ South Carolina Gamecocks 40.6 20  
LSU Tigers 64.4 22 Boxscore
@ Florida Gators 35.6 18  
Mississippi State Bulldogs 71.8 24 Boxscore
@ Kentucky Wildcats 28.2 15  
Texas A&M Aggies 79.2 26 Boxscore
@ Mississippi Rebels 20.8 17  
UNLV Rebels 28.7 23 Boxscore
@ Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 71.3 32  
New Mexico State Aggies 47.5 24 Boxscore
@ Idaho Vandals 52.5 25  
Utah State Aggies 33.2 22 Boxscore
@ Brigham Young Cougars 66.8 27  
Miami (FL) Hurricanes 39.6 24 Boxscore
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish 60.4 28  
Boston College Eagles 72.3 25 Boxscore
@ Army Black Knights 27.7 18  
Kansas Jayhawks 27.7 20 Boxscore
@ Kansas State Wildcats 72.3 28  
Iowa State Cyclones 37.6 23 Boxscore
@ TCU Horned Frogs 62.4 29  
Oklahoma Sooners 65.3 31 Boxscore
@ Texas Tech Red Raiders 34.7 27  
West Virginia Mountaineers 66.3 26 Boxscore
@ Texas Longhorns 33.7 22  
Southeastern Louisiana Lions 5.0 9 Boxscore
@ UAB Blazers 95.0 37  
North Texas Mean Green 25.7 23 Boxscore
@ Houston Cougars 74.3 31  
East Carolina Pirates 43.6 24 Boxscore
@ UCF Knights 56.4 26  
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 54.0 28 Boxscore
@ Marshall Thundering Herd 46.0 27  
Southern Methodist Mustangs 67.3 28 Boxscore
@ UTEP Miners 32.7 21  
Rice Owls 75.2 29 Boxscore
@ Memphis Tigers 24.8 21  
Boise State Broncos 86.1 32 Boxscore
@ Southern Miss Golden Eagles 13.9 17  
Wyoming Cowboys 28.7 20 Boxscore
@ Nevada Wolf Pack 71.3 28  
Navy Midshipmen 36.6 23 Boxscore
@ Air Force Falcons 63.4 26  
Hawaii Warriors 36.6 21 Boxscore
@ San Diego State Aztecs 63.4 24  
Texas State Bobcats 40.1 22 Boxscore
@ New Mexico Lobos 59.9 25  
Fresno State Bulldogs 75.2 28 Boxscore
@ Colorado State Rams 24.8 20  
Tulane Green Wave 24.3 21 Boxscore
@ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 75.7 28  
Arkansas State Red Wolves 54.5 27 Boxscore
@ FIU Golden Panthers 45.5 26  
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks 64.4 31 Boxscore
@ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 35.6 25  
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