Georgia Gameday


When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday


Line: Georgia by 6 1/2


Georgia on offense: The Bulldogs pride themselves on being balanced on offense, but they deviated from that plan in opener against Clemson. Georgia rushed for 328 yards in the 45-21 win over the Tigers, which accounted for 72 percent of the offense. It will need to be more balanced against the Gamecocks.

South Carolina on offense: Conversely, the Gamecocks have passed 72 percent of the time. But that's because they fell far behind Texas A&M, and tailback Mike Davis (ribs) has been limited. Davis (1,183 yards in 2013) is well now, and South Carolina intends to get him the ball more behind a veteran offensive line.

Georgia on defense: The Bulldogs are vulnerable in the secondary but compensate for that with a linebacker-dominant front seven. Georgia leads the SEC with five sacks per game and will get after quarterback Dylan Thompson. But their smallish defensive line will be severely tested against South Carolina's strong offensive front and running backs.

South Carolina on defense: The Gamecocks' defensive numbers are scary bad — 566.5 ypg, 37.5 ppg — but those are skewed from the 52-28 loss to Texas A&M. Tackle J.T. Surratt is the only returning starter up front, and South Carolina has new starters at four secondary positions. Coordinator Lorenzo Ward always sells out to stop the run, so the temptation to throw will be strong for Georgia.