Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Georgia RB Todd Gurley
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. ET
The biggest game of the weekend takes place in Columbia, S.C., when the South Carolina Gamecocks will play host to the Georgia Bulldogs complete with ESPN's College GameDay in attendance.
No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina are both squarely in the mix for the national title, and one will leave Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night down one game in the division and without the tiebreaker over its primary competitor.
Georgia's offense has been lethal this year, averaging 536 yards per game, and is tops in the SEC. The news that leading wide receiver Michael Bennett is out for the season after tearing his ACL this week hurts, but if there's any place where Georgia can withstand injuries, it's at wide receiver.
Tavarres King and Marlon Brown have been solid this season, and sophomore Malcolm Mitchell returning to the offense will minimize the impact of Bennett's injury.
South Carolina needs to use a lot of misdirection with quarterback Connor Shaw and running back Marcus Lattimore to keep Georgia's speedy defense honest. Shaw has been great of late, and he's going to have to keep making smart decisions with the football this week.
The key to this game will be Georgia's ability to get into 3rd-and-short situations with running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley. If they can, they will limit the chances that Gamecock defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor have to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback.
This one will take a bit of the same direction as last year's game between the hedges, and will be more of a shootout than some expect.
Score Prediction: Georgia 38 - South Carolina 35