Georgia football travels to Columbia, South Carolina this week to take on the Gamecocks. Let’s dive into the numbers of this matchup.
Georgia football plays the South Carolina Gamecocks this Saturday. It will be Georgia’s first official road game of the season as they travel to William-Brice Stadium. Georgia is 7-3 over its last ten games when playing at South Carolina. They are 3-0 at William Brice since Kirby Smart became head coach.
The Bulldogs come into this matchup as College Football’s number one team after starting the season with wins over Oregon and Samford. South Carolina remains unranked after a 1-1 start with a win over Georgia State but a loss to number ten Arkansas.
This game will be the 70th in the series and the 30th time both teams have met with only Georgia football being ranked. Let’s take a look at how the rest of the series has gone.
Georgia leads the series, 49-18-2
Record when both teams are ranked: South Carolina leads, 6-4-0
Record when both teams are in the top 10: South Carolina leads, 1-0-0
Record when only Georgia is ranked: Georgia leads, 22-7-0
Record when only South Carolina is ranked: South Carolina leads, 1-0-0
Longest winning streak by Georgia: 10 games
Longest winning streak by South Carolina: 3 games
Most points scored by Georgia: 52 (1970-10-31; 1974-09-28; 2015-09-19)
Most points scored by South Carolina: 45 (2011-09-10)
Largest margin of victory by Georgia: +38 (1911-10-07)
Largest margin of victory by South Carolina: +28 (2012-10-06)
Let’s take a look at how Georgia football compares to South Carolina on offense.
|Offensive Catagories||Georgia||South Carolina|
|Yards Per Game||1,050||722|
|Yards Per Play||7.66||5.27|
|Points Per Game||41.0||32.5|
|Third Down Conversions||60.9%||25.0%|
|Expected Points Added (EPA)||0.492||0.171|
Georgia football clearly has an advantage over South Carolina in every offensive category other than explosiveness. Georgia’s offense has been more consistent than South Carolina’s, but every now and then the Gamecocks can hit a big play. The cause of their lack of consistency is their offensive line. The Gamecock’s line has already allowed ten sacks in the first two games compared to Georgia’s who have not given up a sack so far.
After two games, Georgia football is averaging 41.0 points per game, which ranks number six in the SEC. South Carolina is averaging 32.5 points per game which lands them at number ten in the SEC. Georgia’s offense is number one in total yards in SEC while South Carolina ranks number 11 with 361 total yards.
Georgia football ranks number one in passing yards per game, averaging 395.5 yards through the air per contest. South Carolina comes in at number four averaging 301.5 yards per contest. Both Georgia and South Carolina have struggled to run the ball. Georgia averages 129.5 rushing yards per game, number ten in the SEC. While South Carolina averages 59.5 rushing yards per game, dead last in the SEC.
Stetson Bennett is averaging 381.5 yards passing per game, while Spencer Rattler is averaging 301.5 yards passing per game. Bennett has also thrown three touchdowns to Rattler’s two and he has not thrown an interception while Rattler has thrown three. Bennett’s 176.95 quarterback rating is also number two in the SEC while Rattler’s 129.9 rating has him rated number 11.
Georgia football running back Kendall Milton is averaging 67.5 rushing yards per game which is number nine in the SEC. He would have had his first 100-yard game last Saturday against Samford, but he was pulled from the game early. Milton’s 7.5 yards per rush are number seven in the SEC. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Marshawn Loyd has averaged 26.5 rushing yards per game, number 31 in the SEC. Loyd’s 2.94 yards per rush rank him number 37 in the SEC.
Another Georgia football running back, Kenny McIntosh, is leading them in receiving. McIntosh’s 89.0 yards receiving per game rank him number four in the SEC. However, his 12.71 yards per reception are number 32 in the SEC behind five other Bulldogs. South Carolina’s Antwane Wells Jr. actually leads the SEC with 122.0 yards receiving per game. However, his 16.27 yards per reception land him number 13 in the SEC.
Now, let’s look at how Georgia football compares to South Carolina on defense.
|Defensive Catagories||Georgia||South Carolina|
|Yards Per Game||441||768|
|Yards Per Play||3.97||4.95|
|Points Per Game||1.5||29.0|
|Third Down Conversions||28.6%||42.4%|
|Expected Points Added (EPA)||-0.082||0.000|
Georgia football has picked up right where they left off defensively. After holding Oregon to just three points they shut out Samford. There isn’t a better defensive unit in the country right now let alone in the SEC. South Carolina will be missing some of its defensive playmakers in this game making it even more difficult for them to keep up with Georgia.
Through two games, Georgia football is giving up 1.5 points per game, number one in the SEC. South Carolina is giving up 29.0 points a game, number 13 in the SEC. Georgia is giving up 220.5 total yards per game, number one in the SEC. South Carolina is giving up 384.0 total yards a game, number 12 in the SEC.
Georgia football has given up a total of 282 passing yards on the season so far. That ranks number three in the SEC. South Carolina has given up 273 total passing yards which put them ahead of Georgia at number two. Georgia is giving up 141 yards passing game, which ranks number three in the SEC. South Carolina is a little better allowing 136.5 passing yards per game, number two in the SEC. Georgia is giving up 4.5 yards per pass attempt, number two in the SEC. South Carolina is number six giving up 5.5 yards per pass attempt.
Georgia football is number four in the SEC in total allowed rushing yards after allowing 159. South Carolina sits dead last in the SEC after already allowing 495 rushing yards. Georgia is giving up 79.5 rushing yards a game, number four in the SEC. South Carolina is dead last in the SEC in rushing yards allowed per game giving up 247.5. Georgia is giving up 3.31 yards per rush, number six in the SEC. South Carolina sits dead last in the SEC giving up 4.71 yards per rush.
Georgia football freshman Malaki Starks leads the team in tackles with eight. Gordon Burch leads South Carolina with 15 tackles. Burch is number 14 in tackles in the SEC. Georgia freshman Mykel Williams leads the defense in sacks with one. This ties him for fifth in the SEC. Jordan Strachan leads South Carolina in sacks with one as well. Also trying him for number five in the SEC. Strachan is out for the year and will not be playing Saturday.
Starks and Chris Smith are both tied for the team lead in interceptions with one apiece. This ties them for second in the SEC. Marcellus Dial leads South Carolina in interceptions, also with one, also tied for number two in the SEC.
Georgia football vs South Carolina prediction
Georgia football is expected to be without starting X receiver AD Mitchell. However, South Carolina is also going to be without key contributors. Edge rusher Strachan and linebacker Mohamed Kaba will both be out for this game.
The losses for Carolina hurt because their run defense was already last in the SEC. This should allow Georgia to finally get their running game going. Expect Milton to have his first 100-yard game and McIntosh to once again lead all receivers in yards.
As mentioned before, Carolina’s offensive line has allowed ten sacks so far this season. Expect Robert Beal, Nolan Smith, Mykel Williams, and the rest of Georgia’s pass rush to feast on Saturday.
This game won’t be close, but I predict Georgia will give up its first touchdown of the season.
Score prediction: Georgia 42 South Carolina 17