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South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier were the first team to take the field this college football season last Thursday, and the Gamecocks responded in less-than-resounding fashion by beating NC State 7-3 in their opener. On Saturday, they'll look f



2009-09-14

South Carolina and head coach Steve Spurrier were the first team to take the field this college football season last Thursday, and the Gamecocks responded in less-than-resounding fashion by beating NC State 7-3 in their opener. On Saturday, they'll look for a second straight upset, this time as a 7-point dog at arch-rival Georgia, who comes off a loss at Oklahoma State. As you'll see in a bit, there are several definitive trends that could decide this game. Use them to jump on the wagering options now available at Sportsbook.com.

South Carolina has been dying to have a top level football program for some time now; the problem is recent history doesn't back them up. Off the 7-3 defensive struggle with N.C. State, it's fairly clear that Spurrier has a team that should finish above .500, only with a losing SEC record. They can attempt to alter people's perceptions with an upset between the hedges at Georgia. Sophomore QB Stephen Garcia is the leader of an offense that has many deficiencies. However, the defense showed plenty of ability in holding the Wolfpack to three points. For Saturday, the Gamecocks arrive in Athens with a 7-3-1 ATS record as SEC road underdogs.

Georgia got an early wakeup call at Oklahoma State and was handled 24-10. The Bulldogs have ample talent in supply with one of the best offensive lines in the SEC, however they were held in check for 95 total yards last week. The Bulldogs are just 4-9 ATS the last four years as conference favorites.

The head-to-head matchups between these rivals have been low scoring, tight contests. Georgia was the last team to score 20 points in this confrontation in 2004 and six of last eight have been decided by seven points or less. The wagering public has taken the total from 41 to present level. The Gamecocks are 16-4 UNDER the first two weeks of the season and the Bulldogs are 23-9 UNDER in the first month of a new campaign. The visitor is 5-2-1 ATS of late, with the favorite 7-4-1 against the number.

The StatFox OutPlay Factor Ratings say Georgia by 7.5, so the line seems to be set up accurately at Sportsbook.com. Perhaps this is a game on which to make a play on the total.


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