- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

No. 6 GEORGIA (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 24 SOUTH CAROLINA (1-1, 0-1), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 5 1-2.

Series Record: Georgia leads 47-17-2.


This is a game for early control of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division. The Gamecocks were the consensus pick to take the East during the summer until their opening-game, 52-28 embarrassment against Texas A&M.; Georgia took on front-runner status with its decisive, 45-21 victory over Clemson opening week.


Georgia RB Todd Gurley against South Carolina’s defensive line. Gurley put up 198 yards rushing and three touchdowns (he had a fourth on a kickoff return) against an experienced Clemson defensive front that included All-American Vic Beasley. South Carolina’s group includes four sophomores and senior tackle J.T. Surratt.


Georgia: QB Hutson Mason wisely handed things off to Gurley and Georgia’s other backs to put away Clemson. If the Bulldogs can’t get the running game going, it may be up to Mason to move them with his arm. He was an efficient 18 of 26 for 131 yards.

South Carolina.: RB Mike Davis looked like his speedy, powerful self in rushing for 101 yards and two touchdeowns to beat East Carolina. Fun fact: Davis outrushed Gurley in this matchup last year, 149 yards to 132.


Steve Spurrier won his 200th game as a Southeastern Conference coach last week and can tie former Georgia coach Vince Dooley for second behind Bear Bryant with a victory over the Bulldogs. … Georgia has struggled scoring points at Williams-Brice Stadium, averaging just over 11 its past seven trips here. The offensive drought hasn’t hurt the Bulldogs, though, who’ve got a 4-3 mark at South Carolina since 2000. … The Gamecocks have won 19 of their past 20 games at home, the lone loss coming two weeks ago against Texas A&M.; … Since 1992, Georgia has opened SEC play against South Carolina each season but one. … While Georgia and South Carolina have generally battled for the top of the SEC East in recent years, the winner of this game the past three years has not reached the SEC title game.



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