Georgia And South Carolina Bringing High Flying Offenses Between The Hedges
Georgia enters the South Carolina game with a No. 1 ranking and a truckload of momentum.
South Carolina (6-2, SEC 4-2) visits Athens on a three-game winning streak, averaging a healthy 32.3 points per game during the streak.
The border state rivalry has been characterized by high scoring affairs in Athens over the past eight years. In those games, the Dawgs are 3-1 against the Gamecocks and lit up the scoreboard with an average of 44 points per game.
• 2009: Georgia 41, South Carolina 37
• 2011: South Carolina 45, Georgia 42
• 2013: Georgia 41, South Carolina 30
• 2015: Georgia 52, South Carolina 20
The formula for Georgia to continue the trend will center once again around their rushing attack but the opportunistic passing game should come more into play. The Dawgs are averaging 284 yards per game and 6.01 yards per carry, both second in the conference. Freshman Jake Fromm is leading the conference in passing efficiency and has shown a strong command of the offense.
The Sandlappers have been surrendering nearly 138 yards per game on the ground, 6th best in the conference. The Gamecocks are giving up a whopping 248 passing yards per game, 13th highest in the SEC. Expect Carolina to stack the box on defense in hopes of slowing down Chubb, Michel and company, but that should open some lanes for Georgia’s tight ends and slot receivers.
The Bulldogs have scored 31 or more points in every game this season, except the Notre Dame contest. Expect the offense to keep clicking this weekend.
Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Sanford Stadium and nationally televised by CBS.