No. 2 Georgia looks to avoid upset against South Carolina
South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC) at No. 2 Georgia (8-0, 5-0, CFP No. 1), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
Line: Georgia by 24.
Series record: Georgia leads 49-18-2
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Georgia can clinch the SEC East with by beating the Gamecocks if Mississippi defeats Kentucky. South Carolina is looking to extend three-game winning streak and stay alive in SEC East race.
Georgia’s pass defense vs. QB Jake Bentley. Despite consistently building big leads and forcing opponents to pass, Georgia ranks second in SEC with average of 157.4 yards passing allowed. Bentley, 10-5 as a starter, ranks third in league with average of 219.9 yards passing with 13 TD passes and only four interceptions.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
South Carolina: LB Skai Moore, who has 57 tackles and a team-leading two interceptions, will be key to Gamecocks’ hopes of containing Georgia’s powerful running attack. Moore has seven tackles for losses.
Georgia: DT Trenton Thompson returned in last week’s 42-7 rout of Florida after missing two games with a knee sprain. A healthy Thompson is crucial to Bulldogs’ championship hopes as the leader of the defensive front.
FACTS & FIGURES
This is latest in season teams have played since 1939, when game was played on Nov. 18. ... Georgia is South Carolina’s first ranked opponent this season. The Gamecocks were 1-4 against Top 25 teams in 2016, with a win over No. 18 Tennessee. ... South Carolina’s three-game winning streak came against Arkansas, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, a combined 1-14 in SEC. ... Georgia has won last two in series and three of four. ... Georgia is 31 for 31 in red zone possessions, including 22 touchdowns. ... Georgia RB Nick Chubb is one of only eight players in SEC history with at least 4,000 career yards rushing (4,189), including 765 yards and nine TDs this season.
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