Georgia-South Carolina Preview Capsule

Published October 04, 2012

| Associated Press

No. 5 Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) at No. 6 South Carolina (5-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: South Carolina by 2½.

Series Record: Georgia leads 46-15-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Georgia-South Carolina winner remains on track for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division while the loser would need outside help to makes its way to the Georgia Dome for the league title game in December. The Bulldogs showed last year it was possible to rebound, though, winning the East despite starting SEC play with a 45-42 home loss to the Gamecocks.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia's freshman runners vs. South Carolina's defense. Georgia first-year TBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-44 victory last week against Tennessee. The Gamecocks have allowed only 388 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in five games this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: QB Aaron Murray is seeking his first victory over the Gamecocks. He was an untested freshman playing his first SEC game in 2010 when the Bulldogs fell to South Carolina 17-6. Murray passed for four TDs in last season's rematch, but the Gamecocks prevailed in a 45-42 shootout.

South Carolina: DE Jadeveon Clowney sacked Murray and forced a fumble returned for a touchdown in the Gamecocks' 2011 victory over Georgia. Clowney was named the SEC defensive lineman of the week for his sack and four tackles in a win at Kentucky.

FACTS & FIGURES

It's the first time Georgia and South Carolina have played when both teams were ranked in the top 10. ... The Gamecocks have never won three straight games against Georgia. ... South Carolina matched a school record last week by winning its ninth straight game. The 1984 team opened the year 9-0 before the run ended with a loss to Navy. ... Georgia's Murray is only one TD pass away from tying the school mark of 72 set by David Greene from 2001-04. ... South Carolina TB Marcus Lattimore made a splashy SEC debut two years ago against Georgia when he ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns in a 17-6 victory. ... Georgia LB Jarvis Jones is third in SEC tackles for loss with 8 and fourth in league sacks at 4½. ... Seven of the past 10 games between Georgia and South Carolina have been decided by 7 points or less. The Bulldogs have won six of those games. ... Steve Spurrier is seeking his 250th coaching victory, counting his time in the USFL and NFL. Earlier this year, he won his 200th college victory.

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