Head Coach Steve Spurrier and South Carolina (1-1) are staring at a 1-2 record to start the season as they head to Athens to face 7th ranked Georgia, a college football odds favorite in this game.
The Bulldogs (2-0) are a heavy 16.5 point betting favorite after convincing victories of Univeristy of Louisiana-Monroe and Vanderbilt. Will South Carolina make this a competitive game on the road in front of a bunch of hostile Bulldogs fan is the question?
Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. According to 5Dimes, the Bulldogs are a 16.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 53.5 (-108) college football odds.
South Carolina has won 4 out of the last 5 meetings between these two teams and this is the biggest underdog that they've been against Georgia in a decade. Can Spurrier rally the troops is the question?
Could Georgia Be Looking Ahead?
A matchup against the Alabama Crimson Tide awaits in 2 weeks and Georgia quarterback, Greyson Lambert is coming off of a somewhat weak effort in a 31-14 victory over Vanderbilt. In this game, Lambert was 11 for 21 for 116 yards and no touchdown passes. It's easy to rely on a running back the caliber of Nick Chubb, but a great team is usually well balanced and Lambert has yet to be really tested as he's thrown for 257 yards and 2 TD's on the season. The positive is that he's reluctant to force the issue and create a mistake, but South Carolina might force him to show his worth and throw the football.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that the main objective for the South Carolina defense will be to stop sophomore Nick Chubb. It's only a matter of time before Chubb declares for next year's NFL Draft. He's coming off of a freshman season that saw him run for over 1500 yards with 14 TD's and Chubb is already off to the races this season with 309 yards,2 TD's rushing and an impressive 8.8 yards per carry.
While Chubb isn't much of a receiver, the Bulldogs possess a two man attack at back as Chubb shares duties with Sony Michel. Michel has been very productive thus far with 97 yards rushing and 109 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns total (1 rushing, 1 receiving). It appears that South Carolina will have their hands full in a series that they have owned recently.
A Brutal Loss
The South Carolina Gamecocks come limping into this game after a 26-22 loss to the unrated Kentucky Wildcats. The Wildcats took control of this game early as they got out to a 24-7 lead at halftime and the Gamecocks weren't up for playing catchup.
This game broke a 22 game losing streak on the road for the Wildcats. If anyone is to get their team back in the game mentally, it's Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier and he will need to pull off some of that "Spurrier Magic" that has made him so successful because the loss to U of K is one that teams don't come back from.
Orth Gets the Start
To top things off, walk-on quarterback Perry Orth gets his first start of his career due to the injury of Connor Mitch. This is a lot to ask of from a walk on backup in his first start nonetheless. Last week, Orth was 13 for 20 for 179 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. To me, he passed the test, but he wasn't facing the #7 team in the nation.
Orth does have the luxury of wide receiver, Pharoh Cooper, easing him into the position. Cooper is coming off of a 1000 yard season receiving and a 100 yard game receiving in the loss to Kentucky. South Carolina has the weapons to compete, but stopping Nick Chubb is a tall order for any team, so back Georgia with your college football picks
College Football Pick: Georgia -16.5 at 5Dimes