First place in the Southeastern Conference East division is on the line as the Georgia Bulldogs face the South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Bulldogs freshman rushing duo of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley ran for 294 yards and five touchdowns in Georgia’s 51-44 shootout win over Tennessee last week, and the two teams combined for more than 1,000 yards and seven turnovers.
Georgia’s two fumbles in the second quarter resulted in Volunteer touchdown drives, but the Bulldogs forced two interceptions and a fumble in Tennessee’s final three drives to seal the win.
Quarterback Aaron Murray went 19-for-25 for 278 yards and sailed two touchdowns to receiver Michael Bennett in the third quarter.
Bennett finished the game with five catches for 70 yards, but tore his anterior cruciate ligament in practice Tuesday and is now done for the season.
In spite of the major blow to their offense, No. 5 Georgia hopes to avoid their third straight loss to head coach Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, who have won their last four games by an average of 30 points.
Junior runner Marcus Lattimore and South Carolina begins a three game stretch against Top 10 opponents after routing Kentucky 38-17 on Sept. 29.
Lattimore gained 120 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Connor Shaw threw for 148 yards and two scores along with 76 rushing yards.
After giving up two rushing scores at the end of the first half, the Gamecocks shutdown Kentucky in the second half, allowing only 65 total yards.
Betting Odds: South Carolina is favored by 1.5 points.
Over/Under: 54 points
Prediction: This has the potential to be the best game of the day, with each team sporting superior talent on both sides of the ball. Georgia will key their defense on Lattimore, which places more pressure on Shaw to generate offense in the air. The Bulldogs should ultimately pull out a close victory behind Marhsall and Gurley.
Predicted Score: Georgia 31 , South Carolina 27
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