Here's how Georgia and South Carolina stack up against each other:
Georgia offense vs. South Carolina defense
The Bulldogs don’t need quarterback Greyson Lambert to do too much in this game. Through two games against North Carolina and Kentucky, the Gamecocks’ defense has given up an average of 207.5 yards on the ground. Of course, everyone knows what Georgia’s offense can do with its rushing attack. Nick Chubb and the Bulldogs are rushing for 262 yards per game and should be able to do some damage against South Carolina’s front seven (or eight, or nine). South Carolina linebacker Skai Moore will need an inspired game to slow down Georgia’s ground game.
South Carolina offense vs. Georgia defense
South Carolina is forced to start second-string and former walk-on quarterback Perry Orth and that could spell danger for the Gamecocks. The Bulldogs have been able to get after opposing quarterbacks, sacking them six times in two games. South Carolina running back Brandon Wilds will need to soften the box with some big runs, although Georgia’s strength thus far has been defending the run. Georgia’s held opponents to an average of 75 rushing yards per game. If South Carolina is going to have any success it will probably be through receiver Pharoh Cooper in various facets of the game.
Georgia special teams vs. South Carolina special teams
Cooper is a dangerous threat to deal with in the return game and the Bulldogs will need ensure he’s kept under wraps. On kick returns, Georgia’s allowed only 18.7 yards per attempt. On two punt returns against Vanderbilt, Georgia gave up a total of 6 yards. On the other side, Georgia sophomore Isaiah McKenzie showed how dangerous he is if you give him space to return a punt. McKenzie returned one 77 yards for a touchdown last week against the Commodores. He could play another big role in this game if given the chance. Both South Carolina’s Elliott Fry and Georgia’s Marshall Morgan, regarded among the best in the conference, have missed two field goals thus far.
Georgia coaching vs. South Carolina coaching
Much has been made about Steve Spurrier and his longtime success against Georgia. However, the bulk of that came when he was coaching Florida in the 1990s. Spurrier is the best coach in South Carolina history and built the team to be an SEC East contender year in and year out. But he and Mark Richt are 5-5 against each other since 2005. Richt has been behind the 8-ball lately, however, with the Gamecocks winning four of the last five.
Prediction: Spurrier keeps this game a little closer than expected through three quarters but the talent discrepancy shows in the fourth quarter. Georgia 31, South Carolina 21