Before the season, the Georgia-South Carolina game looked like what would decide the SEC East. After two weeks, Georgia looked impressive in their only game, and South Carolina is realizing the challenges without quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive end Jadaveon Clowney. Georgia has the chance to take control of the division and South Carolina is just trying to stay alive in conference title talk.
When this line opened in June, South Carolina was a three-point favorite at home. Because of the Gamecocks struggles in their first two games, the line has adjusted nine points in Georgia’s favor. The Bulldogs had a bye in Week 2 after their 45-21 win over Clemson.
I think downgrading South Carolina is justified. The Gamecocks had no answer for Kenny Hill and Texas A&M. They followed that up with a less than convincing performance against East Carolina where they were out gained in a a 10-point victory for South Carolina.
However, Georgia just played one game and there is a lot of hype surround Mark Richt’s that they are one of the favorites to make the playoff. If you look closer at their win against Clemson, the score was misleading. The game was tied at halftime and Todd Gurley’s kickoff return for a touchdown changed everything.
I think Georiga is a bit overrated and overvalued in this game. History shows Steve Spurrier is great at home. I think South Carolina will focus on containing Gurley and Dylan Thompson will have a statement game as the Gamecoks quarterback.
Pick: South Carolina (+6) over Georgia