The No. 7 Bulldogs are a 17-point favorite at home Saturday against the Gamecocks, according to VegasInsider.com. The line opened at 15.
It’s the biggest point spread in the series since 2005 when Georgia was favored by 18 and won 17-15 in Athens. No team has been favored by more than 7 since, according to Goldsheet.com
“South Carolina, they always play us tough whether we’re over there or they’re at our place,” Georgia wide receiver Reggie Davis said. “
Georgia (2-0) has lost four of the last five games against the Gamecocks with the lone win during that stretch coming two years ago in Athens, a 41-30 decision.
“We’ll get ready to play our best against Georgia in Athens,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “They look awfully strong as usual, but I think our guys will look forward to playing the game.”
Georgia was favored by six points last season when it lost in Columbia 38-35.
South Carolina (1-1) is coming off a 26-22 loss to Kentucky when starting quarterback Connor Mitch went out with a shoulder injury. He won’t play Saturday. Junior Perry Orth will get the call Saturday.
“It’s unfortunate that Connor got hurt but you’ve got to move on to the next player,” Spurrier said. “That’s what we’ll try to do.”