As the season draws closer, I continue looking at which games are the must-watch for each week of the SEC season. Week 3 brings a better slate of games than Week 2, but there are still quite a few non-conference opponents that won’t get any fanbase excited. However, there is one marquee conference matchup that much of the nation will want to watch.
There is so much riding on this game every year, but especially this season as the winner will have the best shot at advancing to the conference championship in December. Stakes will be high as this one kicks off in Columbia. Both teams have to start fast as they have tough opponents in Week 1. They need to find their rhythm and be firing on all cylinders, otherwise both run the risk of having two losses early in the year. It’s fair to say the season for each team could pivot off this one game.
Steve Spurrier‘s Gamecocks will likely be favored as most seem to believe they will win the East and advance to the Georgia Dome. There’s good reason for that with a lot of returning talent, an emerging superstar running back in Mike Davis, and a good quarterback who has experience despite this being his first season as the starter. Plus, playing this game at home will be a major advantage.
The Bulldogs won’t roll over in this one and they do have a few things in their favor. They return a ton of firepower on offense, have a true Heisman candidate in Todd Gurley, and a new-look defense looking to prove they can be a strength of this team. Also, the fact that Georgia has a bye week before this game will give Mark Richt and his staff an edge in preparation.
This game will be closely contested, heated and fun to watch. Historically, it has been a low scoring affair, but with the offenses these teams return, I’d expect there to be a lot of points as has been the case the last few seasons. It’s likely that the offense that has the ball last will win.
At the end, however, I believe the bye week and sheer amount of weapons Georgia possesses on offense will be too much for the Gamecocks, and the Bulldogs will pull off the upset.
Final Score: Georgia 34 — South Carolina 31