No. 13 Georgia (5-2, 5-2 SEC, No. 9 CFP) at South Carolina (2-6, 2-6), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (SEC Network).
Line: Georgia by 21 1/2.
Series record: Georgia leads 51-19-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Georgia is trying to stay in range of a New Year’s Six bowl game if one-loss SEC teams ahead of it like Texas A&M and Florida slip up. South Carolina, which already fired coach Will Muschamp two weeks ago, hopes to find a win or two to wrap up a troubling season.
Georgia quarterback JT Daniels vs. South Carolina’s secondary. A once-formidable matchup looks a lot more one-sided than it did a couple of weeks ago. Along with Daniels’ stunning, 401-yard, four touchdown debut for Georgia in a 31-24 victory over Mississippi State last week, South Carolina lost its two best defensive backs in NFL draft hopefuls Jaycee Horn and Israel Mukuamu, who both opted out after Muschamp’s firing.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia WR Kearis Jackson: The sophomore has emerged as the Bulldogs’ go-to target this season, with 31 catches for 451 yards and three touchdowns. Count on Daniels to look for him more against the Gamecocks.
South Carolina QB Luke Doty: The true freshman’s debut brought a spark to South Carolina’s inconsistent offense as he nearly pulled off a comeback from 17 points down against Missouri last week. Doty accounted for 189 of the Gamecocks’ 283 yards of offense against the Tigers.
FACTS & FIGURES
South Carolina won the last meeting with Georgia, defeating the third-ranked Bulldogs 20-17 in overtime last year. Mukuamu had three interceptions in the victory. … South Carolina interim coach Mike Bobo has a strong connection to Georgia as a former Bulldogs quarterback who was teammates and friends with coach Kirby Smart. Bobo was a Georgia assistant from 2001-14. … This is the latest date that Georgia and South Carolina have ever played, surpassing the previous latest of Nov. 18, 1939. … South Carolina tailback Kevin Harris ranks second in the SEC and 19th in the country at 109 yards rushing per game. … Georgia punter Jake Camarda ranked third in the country with a 47.7-yard average and his net of 45.5 yards per kick is second nationally. … Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes is just the third player in team history with two pick-six touchdowns, joining Jake Scott in 1968 and Darryl Gamble in 2008. No Bulldog returned three interceptions for scores.
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