Georgia over S CAROLINA by 1
Jaybird the Bulldog, our SEC Scout, will be lounging in his Laz-Y-Boy at home when this eagerly awaited contest kicks off on Saturday. ‘Eagerly’ we say because Jaybird paid a visit to Vegas a few months ago and many of the sharps couldn’t wait to put their money on the Gamecocks. Looking to bounce back with another huge season after reaching the BCS title game, the Dawgs kicked off this year’s campaign versus Austin Peay, taking a 38-0 lead at the half and coasting to an easy 45-0 shutout win last week. After losing RB’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, along with AllAmerican LB Roquan Smith, Kirby Smart reloaded with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, so Georgia apparently has found a home in the Top 10 for years to come. But you know what that means: contrary is what contrary does. In other words, we’re heeding Jaybird’s advice and siding with the Fighting Muschamps in this border war, urged on by Marc’s
article on page 2 with the Gamecocks in that magical triple-revenge exact scenario. Besides, South Carolina has posted an 8-3 spread record in this series, stands 5-1-1 ATS with conference revenge, and is 7-3 ATS against the number as a home dog of 10 or less points. In addition, the Cocky rolled past little brother Coastal Carolina, 49-15, last week and QB Jake Bentley looked in mid-season form. Finally, some tidbits from our fabulous database: Georgia is 1-3 ATS in the first conference game of late and managed to cover just one of their four SEC revenge games last season. Also worth noting: the Bulldogs are just 7-15 ATS as favorites in road openers, including if they remain doubledigit chalk at kickoff. This has the makings of an all-out SEC brawl and we see the Dawgs just barely escaping with the victory. Just like Jaybird would want it.