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#155 South Carolina vs.
#156 Georgia
Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Sanford Stadium, Athens
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week seven of college football continues as South Carolina travels to Sanford Stadium to take on #3 Georgia on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:00 P.M. This will be the 72nd meeting between these teams. This will be the first meeting since last season when the Bulldogs destroyed the Gamecocks on the road by a score of 41-17.

South Carolina Looks To Get Back To .500

South Carolina enters this game with a 2-3 record as it beat Kentucky at home two weeks ago before having week six off. However, it still has a losing record and they are just 1-2 in conference play so this game is very important if South Carolina hopes to represent the SEC in a bowl game this season. However, it is a massive underdog on Saturday so it will need to play almost flawlessly in order to win this game. Plus, South Carolina has been terrible against Georgia historically as it has not won a game in this matchup since 2014. Perhaps the added week of preparation will be enough for the Gamecocks to pull off this road upset.

Leading the Gamecocks offensively is freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski who has looked solid so far this season. Hilinski started the season as the backup but has started since week one after original starting quarterback Jake Bentley suffered a leg injury. Since taking over, Hilinski has thrown for 912 passing yards along with five passing touchdowns. However, he has also thrown three interceptions and has been sacked eight times so he will need to do his best to make fast and smart decisions against an elite defense on Saturday.

South Carolina's biggest threat on defense is senior defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw who has been great through its first five games. So far this season, he has a team-high four sacks along with a team-high two fumble recoveries. Even though Georgia is favored to win this game by a lot, South Carolina can pull the upset if Kinlaw can continue to generate pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp is a Georgia graduate and former safety. He's trying to treat it just like another SEC matchup even though he's returning to his alma mater.

"Not a lot (of nostalgia), said Muschamp. "I'm worried about the ball game and winning, so don't really think too much about it. I've really only been back to Georgia -- one time at LSU, one time at Auburn and one time at South Carolina, during my coaching career. As a (graduate assistant), maybe two different times at Auburn, so I think four times since 1994 have I been back to Athens. I've been recruiting there a couple of times, but we had a great experience."

Georgia Looks To Remain Undefeated

Kirby Smart has the Bulldogs in great form headed into this game. After entering the season with hopes of potentially winning a national championship, Georgia has lived up to those expectations so far as it is still undefeated. Furthermore, Georgia has destroyed virtually every opponent that it has faced as four of its five games have been decided by at least 24 points. However, there is still a lot of pressure on this program since one loss might be all it takes to keep the Bulldogs from qualifying for the College Football Playoff which would turn their season into a failure. Now, the Bulldogs get to return home once again with a shot at keeping its perfect record intact.

Leading the Bulldogs offensively is junior quarterback Jake Fromm who looked great so far this season. Specifically, Fromm has thrown for 1,076 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns. In addition, he has also thrown zero interceptions so he has done a great job limiting turnovers which has helped keep his team undefeated through five games. Now, he will look to continue making smart decisions in the pocket on Saturday.

Georgia's biggest threat on defense is senior defensive back J.R. Reed who has been great through its first five games. So far this season, he is tied for a team-high with one interception along with one fumble recovery. However, Reed also has a defensive touchdown this season so he is a threat to score on any play when given the opportunity. If South Carolina is not careful, Reed can make a serious impact on the scoreboard.

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Even though this spread is pretty big, I think these teams are extremely uneven and I expect Georgia to roll on Saturday against a subpar SEC squad. Georgia is ranked third in the nation for a reason and has been destroying teams all season long at home. Meanwhile, South Carolina got blown out in its only road game this season so I expect that trend to continue on Saturday. They just don't have enough defensively to handle all of Georgia's weapons. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Georgia -24

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Even though Georgia did not play that well last week, it still managed to score 43 points so I can see it scoring at least 40 points in this game. Plus, South Carolina is off a bye week so it should be able to generate some scoring opportunities with the added layoff. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 42-14 so I will take the over.

Prediction: Over 52.5
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.