South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs: SEC Betting Odds Preview and Pick ColumnistOctober 5, 2012

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Michael Bennett #82 of the Georgia Bulldogs is congratulated by Todd Gurley #82 after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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SEC unbeatens meet for a key East Division clash when the 5-0 South Carolina Gamecocks host the 5-0 Georgia Bulldogs (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

It's a battle that has been one-sided at the betting window in recent seasons, and the team that usually covers the spread is favored Saturday night in Columbia.

South Carolina is 6-1-1 ATS in the past eight meetings with Georgia, according to the matchup report details.

Earlier this week, most online sportsbooks tracked by opened this game with South Carolina favored by 2.5 or three points, with an OVER/UNDER of about 57. As of Thursday, the Gamecocks had been dropped to minus-one at most shops, while the total had been lowered all the way to 53.5.

Georgia, the defending East Division champ, is 3-0 in SEC play this season, having beaten Missouri 41-20, Vandy 48-3 and, last Saturday, Tennessee 51-44. So the Bulldogs have averaged almost 47 PPG in their three conference games.

But the 'Dawgs took a hit earlier this week when leading receiver Michael Bennett tore an ACL and was lost for the season.

South Carolina, meanwhile, is also 3-0 in SEC play, after defeating Vandy 17-13, Missouri 31-10 and, last Saturday, Kentucky 38-17. So the Gamecocks have given up an average of 13 PPG in their three SEC games.

South Carolina has won the last two games in this series. Last year the Gamecocks outlasted the Bulldogs 45-42 in Athens, getting the game-clinching score on a five-yard fumble return with three minutes to go.

Georgia outgained South Carolina that day 436-395, but the Gamecocks outrushed the Bulldogs 253-188. SC also covered the spread that day as 2.5-point favorites on the road.

Georgia has played five straight OVERs this season, as Bulldogs games have averaged 70 total points. South Carolina, meanwhile, is 4-1 ATS in 2012.

Free Pick: This should be a dandy of a game. Georgia is putting up big points, but South Carolina's defense is stingy. The Gamecocks like to run the ball with RB Marcus Lattimore, while the Bulldogs like to move the ball through the air. In the end, we'll go with the team with the better running game and better defense, and take South Carolina giving the points. (courtesy of