Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks 9-8-2018




Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks 9-8-2018

Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Williams Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Georgia Bulldogs vs South Carolina Gamecocks

The Bulldogs of Georgia will renew their annual get together with the Gamecocks of South Carolina as the 3rd ranked Bulldogs travel to Williams Brice Stadium to take on the 24th ranked team on 9-8-2018 beginning at 3:30 pm EST.  The Gamecocks would whip up on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers last Saturday by a 49-15 score at home as they were able to cover the spread (-31) while the over of 55.5 points would be surpassed.  The Bulldogs would also get a blowout victory against Austin Peay by a 45-0 score to where they would not cash out on the spread (-48.5) while the under was the play with the total being 59.5 points for the game.  UGA has dominated this matchup in the last 3 meetings as they are 3-0 while cashing in on he spread in 2 of the last 3 outings versus USC.  The over has been the play 2 of 3 last 3 contests, yet, UGA would only win by a 24-10 score on 11-4-2017, thus allowing USC to cover (+23.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 44.5 for the game.

Georgia Bulldogs's Latest Performance :

The Bulldogs would cruise all the way to their 45-0 win over Austin Peay on last Saturday as their offense picked up 224 passing yards while also obtaining 286 yards on the ground with 21 first downs as Jake Fromm would go 12 of 16 for 157 yards and 2 scores while backup Justin Fields would go 7 for 8 with 63 yards and a TD.  D’Andre Swift (8 rushes, 43 yards, TD) along the Elijah Holifield (5 rushes, 24 yards, TD) would hold down the rushing attack while Riley Ridley (3 rec, 33 yards, TD) and Mecole Hardman (2 rec, 63 yards, TD) would pace the receiving corps for the Dogs in the win.  The defense was as stout as ever as they would only allow the Governors 61 passing yards compared to 91 yards on the ground for 7 total first downs, overall.  J.R. Reed would lead the defense with 4 tackles and 2 assts while Monte Rice and Tyson Campbell would have 2 tackles each in the victory.

South Carolina Gamecocks's Latest Performance :

In their opening week win, the Gamecocks would pick up 294 yards passing along with 267 yards on the ground with 32 first downs on the Chanticleers.  Jake Bentley would go 22 of 29 for 250 yards and 4 TD’s in the win while Michael Scarnecchia would get some time under center as he would go 3 of 6 for 44 yards and a score.  Rico Dowdle (105 yds 15 rushes, TD) and Tyson Williams (11 rushes, 82 yards, TD) would pace the rushing attack while Deebo Samuel (7 rec, 56 yards, TD) along with Shi Smith and Bryan Edwards would combine for 8 catches for 114 yards and a TD in the victory.  The USC defense would hold Coastal Carolina to 112 passing yards and 131 yards on the ground with 20 first downs.  T.J. Bronson would lead the D with 6 tackles while Bryson Allen Williams along with Javon Kinlaw would each have 4 tackles each in the win.

How Georgia Bulldogs & South Carolina Gamecocks Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

USC is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

UGA is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Here you have both teams coming off blowout wins in their openers and looking to get the inside tract as it relates to positioning within the SEC Eastern division with a big win on Saturday.  It is a fact that the Dogs have dominated this series in recent past, however, USC looks to build from their momentum in which to pull off an upset at home over Georgia.  In all, look for this game to be a low-scoring, yet, competitive matchup as only UGA-USC can put out.  It will be interesting to see how the USC offense plans for that aggressive style play that the Dogs are known to play defensively.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  USC Gamecocks +10

My reason for the pick :

 

I happen to believe that though they will struggle during various times of the game, the Cocks will indeed make this an interesting game.  It would be important to throw out the rankings in this instance and simply focus on the physicality that will be involved amongst two teams that simply do not like each other.  It is for this reason that I expect this to not only be a low scoring affair, but, one that will allow the score to go back and forth throughout.  In all, take USC with the points on Saturday as they will certainly show and prove against a tough Georgia squad.

Totals Selection: Pick:  Under 55

My reason for the prediction :

 

Both UGA and USC will score some points in this matchup, yet the score will not reach the 55 points set.  These teams play each other very well and are very familiar with each other’s schemes on both sides.  With that being said, aside from the new talent that each team possesses, they will not be surprising each other very much in this contest.  It is for this reason that I expect a ball control game to where each team would want to limit the opponents opportunities throughout, lending to not many points being scored.  In all, expect both defenses to take center stage on Saturday in Columbia, as they will certainly be able to cool down the offenses in the end.

Betting trends for Georgia Bulldogs:

    • Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
    • Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game
    • Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.

Betting trends for South Carolina Gamecocks:

    • Gamecocks are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game
    • Under is 8-1 in Gamecocks last 9 vs. a team with a winning record
    • Gamecocks are 7-1-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games

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