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Georgia vs South Carolina Prediction

In a key SEC Eastern Division bout the 5-0 Georgia Bulldogs and 5-0 South Carolina Gamecocks, both 3-0 in conference play, do battle Saturday night in Columbia (7 pm ET, ESPN).

The Gamecocks, coming off a come-from-behind victory over Kentucky, were early field-goal favorites over the 'Dawgs, who just put up 51 points on Tennessee.

South Carolina is 6-1-1 ATS in their past eight games against their SEC rivals. [ Bet on South Carolina or Georgia to win the SEC with the best conference odds at 5Dimes ]

View Georgia vs South Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The home team opened as 2-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. The over under was bet down from an open of 57 to about 53.5 at TopBet by Friday.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Gamecocks sit at No. 33 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Bulldogs are at No. 66 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Bulldogs will win this game 56-55.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up South Carolina's No. 34-ranked offense (36.6 PPG) against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 47 at 22 PPG. The Gamecocks passing attack has averaged 237.2 yards per game, more than the Bulldogs give up through the air (222.4 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Bulldogs feature the league's No. 24-rated road run defense, allowing 102 yards per game. South Carolina, meanwhile, ranks No. 86 in rushing offense at home.

Georgia was a 51-44 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites, while the total score (95) made winners of OVER bettors. Keith Marshall ran through the Tennessee defense for 164 yards in Georgia's last game, handing the Volunteers a 51-44 setback on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

South Carolina won its last outing, a 38-17 result against Kentucky on September 29. South Carolina covered in that game as a 20-point favorite, while the 55 combined points took the game OVER the total. Marcus Lattimore tore up the turf for 120 rushing yards in the latest Gamecocks game, a 38-17 win over the Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium.

Georgia Bulldogs Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 9-1

South Carolina Gamecocks Trends:
When playing in October are 7-3
When playing on grass are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

A few Bulldogs at Gamecocks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games when playing on the road against South Carolina
Georgia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Georgia's last 5 games
Georgia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
South Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of South Carolina's last 5 games when playing at home against Georgia
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of South Carolina's last 14 games when playing Georgia

Next up:
Georgia at Kentucky, Saturday, October 20
South Carolina at LSU, Saturday, October 13