A crushing defeat to start the season clipped No. 11 Georgia's hopes for national title, but the Bulldogs can play the role of spoiler on Saturday night as they host South Carolina at Sanford Stadium.
The game also marks a chance for both Georgia’s Aaron Murray and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney to get their Heisman campaigns back on track.
Georgia compiled 545 yards of total offense, including 323 yards passing from Murray and 154 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for running back Todd Gurley, but couldn’t put Clemson away in a 38-35 loss.
Jordan Jenkins and the rest of the Bulldog defense failed to contain Clemson quarterback Taj Boyd, who accounted for all five of his team’s touchdowns, with three in the air and two on the ground.
Murray’s interception coupled with Georgia’s struggles on third down eventually led to the loss, but they can start their SEC schedule on the right foot against the No. 6 Gamecocks.
South Carolina used a 17-point first quarter to set the tone against North Carolina last week, and routed the Tar Heels 27-10 despite a less than stellar turn by defensive end Clowney.
Running back Mike Davis gained 115 yards and a rushing touchdown on 12 carries, senior quarterback Connor Shaw went 11-for-20 for 149 yards and a score. At times appearing tired, Clowney didn’t have his signature burst off the line and finished with three total tackles and no sacks.
Even without the usually dominate Clowney, the Gamecocks still held North Carolina to 2.8 yards per rush. That’s a very positive sign for a team seeking their fourth straight victory over Georgia.
Last season South Carolina stymied the Bulldogs for a 35-7 victory to stay undefeated behind two passing touchdowns and one rushing score from Shaw.
The game kicks-off at 4:30 p.m. ET time and a live online stream is available at Watch ESPN here.
ESPN has the national broadcast.
Betting Odds: Georgia is favored by 3.5 points.
Over/Under: 56 points
Prediction: Georgia 30, South Carolina 24