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Date: Saturday, October 6
Time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
Current Line: South Carolina by 1
Two undefeated SEC teams square off in an ESPN Game of the Night matchup. Both teams have been hungry for an SEC crown and have had a long drought for the National Championship.
This game has all the makings of a close shootout.
Georgia comes into the game with an outstanding offense. The Bulldogs rank 29th in pass offense and 11th in rushing. The Bulldogs have a mediocre defense, as they rank 56th in pass defense and 54th in rushing.
Last week, the Bulldogs survived a tough task against a very good Tennessee team that just fell short in a 51-44 loss. The Bulldogs will have to improve on the defensive side of the ball if they want to win their first real test of the 2012 season. The Gamecocks have yet to give up anything more than 17 points this season.
Quality wins against Vanderbilt and Missouri have been the only tough games played this season. Once again, this will be South Carolina's first big test of the season. The Gamecocks have the eighth-best rushing defense in the nation, but the 47th-best passing defense, which Aaron Murray looks to exploit.
The Gamecocks need Connor Shaw to play a bigger role in the offense, as the Bulldogs have Marcus Lattimore's number.
This season, Georgia is 2-3 ATS. South Carolina this year is 4-1 ATS. South Carolina is 2-0 against Georgia ATS in the last three years.
A battle will take place under the lights on Saturday. A very tough match-up to call, both teams are very evenly matched. Georgia has been clawing for an SEC championship for awhile. Even though Mark Richt has an amazing record at Georgia, many people are upset with his inability to win. Despite the recent trends, I'll take the Bulldogs to win in a very close game. Yes, Lee Corso, that sure is an ugly dog, but Georgia wins.
Georgia Bulldogs 42, South Carolina 40
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