The No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs have won five in a row coming off a bye week but are just 1-3-1 ATS in those games. After beating Clemson in their season opener, the Bulldogs visit No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday. Georgia is a 6.5-point road favorite, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley surged to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race with four touchdowns against Clemson. One came on a 100-yard kickoff return, and three came on the ground along with 198 rushing yards.
Georgia easily covered as a 9.5-point favorite in the 45-21 win over Clemson, improving to 3-0 SU and ATS over its last three regular season games.
South Carolina had its 18-game home winning streak snapped in its season opener against Texas A&M, losing 52-28 as a 9-point home favorite. It was the first time since Cam Newton and Auburn beat South Carolina 56-17 in the 2010 SEC Championship Game that a Gamecocks defense allowed more 50 points in a game.
South Carolina holds a 4-3 SU and 5-1-1 ATS edge over Georgia in the last seven meetings between the SEC East rivals. The total went UNDER in four of those seven matchups, and the UNDER was 9-0 in the nine games of the series before that.
This game is essentially a must-win for South Carolina to maintain any chance of earning a bid to the College Football Playoff. Falling to 0-2 SU in the conference and losing the head-to-head tiebreaker to Georgia would all but eliminate South Carolina from SEC East contention just three games into the season.
Of course, winning this game will be easier said than done. The Gamecocks have looked very vulnerable on defense thus far and will need to solve their woes in a hurry with a potent Georgia offense coming to town.
Still, a 19-1 SU record over its last 20 home games makes South Carolina a formidable home underdog.