With a new No. 1 next to their name after the first release of the 2017 college football playoff rankings, Georgia takes on a South Carolina squad that has reeled off three victories in a row.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on CBS. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch the game online, on your phone or on another streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch today’s game at no cost:
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It’s about time all those “is Georgia for real?” questions come to a halt. If you weren’t convinced of this team’s legitimacy already, last week’s 42-7 drubbing of rival Florida should have done the trick.
It’s just difficult to find a weakness with this squad. The running game is sizzling behind the duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, as the Bulldogs rank fifth in the nation in yards per rush (6.1) and ninth in rushing yards per game (284.0). The defense resembles a brick wall, giving up just 11.6 points per game (second in the country) and 4.0 yards per play (third). And the quarterback position, which was one of the biggest question marks entering the year, has been steady, as true freshman Jake Fromm (State Farm) has managed the game and made plays when needed despite Georgia’s heavy reliance on the run.
“I look at the Missouri game as a great example of (Fromm’s) throwing ability,” said South Carolina had coach Will Muschamp. “He was a guy that got about five explosive plays on third down. I’m talking big plays down the field, when he was forced to throw the football into tight coverage. He’s certainly capable.”
For the Gamecocks, who need a win on Saturday to stay alive in the SEC East race, they’ll need the defense–which ranks 28th in America in yards per rush allowed–to shut down Georgia’s dominant run game and force Fromm to beat them by throwing 20-plus times. Winning the turnover battle–they rank 13th in the country this year in turnover margin per game–is another good way to help spring what would be a massive upset.
Ultimately, though, South Carolina’s four SEC wins are against teams–Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas–that have combined to go 1-18 in the conference and 12-20 overall. Throw in the Bulldogs’ dominance on both sides of the ball and the fact that they’re at home, where they’ve yet to even be challenged, and you have yourself a whopping 23-point spread.