South Carolina Plus the Points vs. Georgia College Football Picks

Willie Bee

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:18 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014 2:18 PM UTC

Staring at the prospect of starting SEC play with two losses, can the South Carolina Gamecocks upset the college football odds and beat the Georgia Bulldogs?

There are some pretty good games among the prime-time matchups Saturday, rivalries like Purdue and Notre Dame, plus battles between Tennessee and Oklahoma while Southern Cal travels to Chestnut Hill to meet Boston College.  But none of them top the marquee.

So let's blame it on CBS this week for putting the very best game of Week 3 on in the afternoon while broadcasting something named Reckless in prime-time.  And before any of the 1,387 fans of Reckless chime in, your show sucks compared to the potential drama, comedy and entertainment of a performance between SEC rivals like the Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks.

Kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium is set for a little past 3:30 PM (ET), and it's the visiting Bulldogs who are drawing the chalk line at -5.5 points, up one from the opener, with 60 for the total on college football odds.


'Dogs Take Week Off After Throttling Clemson
Georgia was part of the second tier of teams nationally on the college football futures odds when the season began, and sitting fourth in the SEC at 5/1 behind Alabama (5/4), Auburn (3/1) and LSU (4/1).  The Bulldogs played like a team intent on proving those numbers to be disrespectful in their opener against Clemson two weeks ago.

Down 21-14 midway through the second quarter, Mark Richt's crew blanked the Tigers the rest of the way while scoring the game's final 31 points for a 45-21 victory.  Georgia backers were giving up 9.5 in that one, and the contest slipped past a 55.5 point total with the second of three 4th-quarter touchdowns by the Dawgs.

Todd Gurley looked like a man among boys in the twilight affair at Sanford Stadium, ripping off nearly 200 yards rushing and three scores along with a 100-yard kickoff return for another TD.  Georgia's offensive line eventually wore the Clemson front 7 down, opening holes for the Bulldogs to gain 328 on the ground and giving senior QB Hutson Mason time to enjoy an efficient, though unspectacular performance in his third start since taking over the job from Aaron Murray late last year.

Mason was missing his two best receivers, and is likely to be without them again this Saturday.  Justin Scott-Wesley is still in Richt's doghouse serving a suspension, and Malcolm Mitchell is doubtful due to a knee injury.


Ol' Ball Coach Shoots For SEC Win No. 201
Steve Spurrier picked up his 200th SEC win last week in South Carolina's 33-23 decision vs. East Carolina, but it didn't come as easy as it should have.  The Gamecocks needed a long field goal drive in the fourth quarter to really ice things, and failed to cover a 14.5 point spread to leave SC backers 0-2 ATS to begin the schedule.

They also failed to show much defensively a week after allowing 680 yards to the Texas Aggies in the season-opening 52-28 loss.  East Carolina outgained the Gamecocks, 453-441, and if not for a couple of picks thrown by Pirates QB Shane Carden, South Carolina might be sitting 0-2 straight up to go with the winless spread mark.

Georgia won and covered last year in Athens, stopping a string of four consecutive spread victories for the Gamecocks, three of those ATS beaters straight-up wins for SC.  The Bulldogs last won in Columbia six years ago, a 14-7 decision that pushed a 7 point spread with Georgia ranked No. 2 in the nation for that meeting.

It could be wet in Columbia this time around, so college football bettors will want to check the forecast before making their final decision.  There's a 60% shot of rain that lingers into the late-afternoon, early evening hours.

My nose is picking up the distinct odor of an upset at Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday, which is why I'm taking the 'Cocks and the points for my free college football pick.

College Football Pick: South Carolina +6 at 5Dimes

Season: 4-5 (-1.5)

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