Saturday, November 28, 2020, Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET
Bulldogs at Gamecocks Betting Preview: Bulldogs (-21.5), Gamecocks (+21.5)
No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs Betting Preview
No. 9 Georgia is out of College Football Playoff contention, but the Bulldogs (5-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) may have found a high-echelon quarterback as it heads into Saturday’s game against SEC foe South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Highly touted JT Daniels passed for 401 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 31-24 win over Mississippi State in his Georgia debut to pump some life into the club’s passing game.
Daniels, a sophomore transfer from USC, is finally healthy after tearing an ACL and sustaining meniscus damage in the Trojans’ 2019 season opener. He transferred to Georgia in late May and appears ready to live up to his vast billing as a top-notch thrower.
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart is careful when it comes to discussing Daniels’ potential.
“I don’t know that you know that right now,” Smart said. “You see him make good throws. I think his mobility is not going to do anything but hopefully improve. His decision-making — the people around him have to play well. He’s got to get a run game around him to help him in order to reach his full potential and things like that.”
Daniels’ stellar debut for Georgia represented a career high for passing yards — he threw for 349 against Notre Dame in 2018. He was the first Bulldogs’ signal caller to reach 400 yards since Aaron Murray passed for 415 against Auburn in 2013.
Daniels wasn’t ready to play at the outset of the season but said he is physically good to go now.
“It has just been a progression over time,” Daniels said. “I am feeling a lot better. I feel really good in terms of knee health and overall body health. In terms of emotions, in the end on the victory formation it started to sink in a little bit. But, it still really hasn’t yet that I have been able to play football again.”
Freshman receiver Jermaine Burton had just 10 receptions entering the contest but Daniels connected with him eight times for 197 yards and two touchdowns. The receiving yardage is fourth-most in Georgia history.
South Carolina Gamecocks Betting Preview
The Gamecocks (2-6, 2-6 SEC) have lost four straight games and their coach, Will Muschamp, and now might be making a quarterback change.
Freshman quarterback Luke Doty relieved Collin Hill and played the second half of last week’s 17-10 loss to Missouri. Doty completed 14 of 23 passes for 130 yards and one interception and added a team-high 59 yards on the ground on 11 rushes.
Interim Gamecocks coach Mike Bobo said that he has decided on a starting quarterback but won’t announce it until Saturday.
The belief is that Doty will ultimately be revealed as the starter.
Bobo said he has a long discussion with Doty on Monday.
“I told him I wanted him to be Luke Doty. I don’t want him to be anybody else other than Luke Doty,” Bobo said. “Sometimes comparisons are going to happen, but I leave that up to you guys. I’m stressing to be Luke Doty and who he is.”
Doty has drawn raves from teammates for his energy in practices and he said that will continue in games.
“I think everybody responds well to that, and it certainly showed,” Doty said. “We had a really good practice and everybody was really juiced up and just ready to work.”
Bobo is entering his second game as interim coach after replacing Muschamp. He was a quarterback for Georgia from 1994-97 — he was the starter his last two seasons — and was a teammate of Smart (1995-98), who had 13 interceptions in his Bulldogs career.
“It doesn’t change a lot for me,” Smart said of matching up against a friend. “It’s a game that we’re trying to win based on the players on the field. It’s not between Mike and I.”
Bobo was the head coach of Colorado State last year when Muschamp-led South Carolina upset then-No. 3 Georgia 20-17 in double-overtime at Athens, Ga.
Bulldogs at Gamecocks Betting Prediction
The Gamecocks snapped a four-game skid with their 20-17 double-overtime win over the then-No. 3 Bulldogs in Athens last year. The last time in Columbia, however, the Bulldogs raced to a 41-17 victory with Richard LeCounte leading Georgia’s defensive effort with 10 stops.
Bulldogs at Gamecocks Betting Pick:
Bulldogs 31, Gamecocks 10
Bulldogs at Gamecocks Best Bet
Neither team has produced much in the way of scoring with the Bulldogs averaging 29.3 points and the Gamecocks 25.1 a game. Georgia has the advantage on defense by holding their opponents to 21.3 points a game while South Carolina has allowed 34.3, though the Gamecocks gave up just half that in a 17-10 loss to Missouri their last outing.
Bulldogs at Gamecocks Best Bet: UNDER 49.5
–Field Level Media