That's been a frustrating fact for the Gamecocks, and a sign that in the SEC East the race is a full eight games – not just one. This year, however, the path seems clear for Carolina. If the Cocks can beat Georgia a fourth year in a row they should coast the rest of the way. A challenging set of games at Arkansas and at Tennessee provide small hurdles before Florida makes its way to Columbia for the final conference game of the year.
In theory South Carolina should win all of those games. So even without a win over Georgia, the Gamecocks could wind up in Atlanta. The game is a critical one for the Bulldogs. If Georgia can beat South Carolina it will be setup for winnable games the rest of the way. Games with LSU and Florida and at both Auburn and Tennessee are challenging, but Georgia will likely be favored in all four contests.
A pair of Georgia State Patrolmen first bump after Georgia's last-second win in 2009.