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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Georgia Bulldogs Preview and Predictions 10-12-2019


Third-ranked Georgia knows it is going to face every opponent's best shot, as it did in a close first half last week at Tennessee before pulling away for an easy 43-14 victory, and being ready defensively is a focal point entering Saturday's home contest with South Carolina. The Bulldogs trailed 14-10 in the first half before the defense settled down, Jake Fromm fired two touchdowns before halftime and Georgia scored the game's final 33 points to remain unbeaten.

"You go into a game expecting one thing, and the other team has worked really hard to try and counteract that and have tendencies to do different things," Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who served as defensive coordinator at Alabama becoming coming to his alma mater, told reporters Monday. South Carolina has spent plenty of time preparing for the Bulldogs considering the Gamecocks have not played since a 24-7 victory over Kentucky on Sept. 28. South Carolina surrendered only 212 yards of total offense to the Wildcats - its fewest yards allowed in one game since 2012 - but coach Will Muschamp (also a Georgia alum) told reporters Monday the defense must be more consistent. "We've done some really good things at times, and (at times) we haven't done them enough," he said.

TV: Noon ET, ESPN. LINE: Georgia -24.5

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (2-3, 1-2 SEC): The running back tandem of seniors Rico Dowdle and Tavien Feaster shined against Kentucky, Feaster finishing with 107 yards and two touchdowns while Dowdle added 102 yards and a score. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski, who took over for the injured Jake Brantley after the season opener, has passed for 912 yards and five touchdowns while completing 61.1 percent of his passes. Senior defensive lineman D.J. Wonnum earned conference Defensive Player of the Week honors after registering a career-best three sacks along with a forced fumble against Kentucky.

ABOUT GEORGIA (5-0, 2-0): Fromm was outstanding against Tennessee, completing 24-of-29 passes for 288 yards and the two scores, and on the season has yet to throw an interception in 111 attempts while completing 77.5 percent of his passes (third nationally). The Bulldogs are 12th in FBS in rushing yards per game (250), sparked by junior D'Andre Swift, who has gained 460 yards with four touchdowns while averaging seven yards per carry. The Bulldogs defense leads the SEC and is fifth in the country in rushing yards allowed per game (59.6), as junior defensive backs Richard LeCounte and Mark Webb each recorded a team-high five tackles against Tennessee.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dowdle sprained his left ankle near the end of the Kentucky game but is 100 percent after the bye week.

2. Georgia senior K Rodrigo Blankenship, who kicked three field goals at Tennessee and leads all FBS kickers with 58 points, earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.

3. South Carolina's victory over Kentucky snapped a six-game losing streak against Power Five competition.

Prediction

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Sanford Stadium
Athens, Georgia, USA.
Capacity: 92,746

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Last Injuries

Georgia Bulldogs

  • Mark Webb

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Webb is nursing a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be in Saturday's lineup against Kentucky.

  • Tramel Walthour

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Walthour has been sidelined due to a lower-body injury and it is unknown if he will face Kentucky on Oct. 19.

  • Tyson Campbell

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Campbell has sat out the last three contests with a right foot injury, and it is unclear if he will face Kentucky on Oct. 19.

  • Travon Walker

    Arm
    day-to-day | questionable

    Walker did not play in the previous game due to an arm injury. It is unknown if he will be available against Kentucky on Oct. 19.

  • Jordan Davis

    Ankle
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up Saturday versus Kentucky.

  • Brian Herrien

    Back
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Herrien exited the last game with a back injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up Saturday against Kentucky.

  • Owen Condon

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Condon has sat out the last four games due to a lower body injury, and it is uncertain if he will face Kentucky on Oct. 19.

  • Lawrence Cager

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Cager has a separated left shoulder, and it is unknown if he will play Saturday versus Kentucky.

South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Hank Manos

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Manos has an ankle injury and did not play in the previous two games. It is unknown if he will be available versus Florida on Oct. 19.

  • Ryan Hilinski

    Knee
    Prob Sat | probable

    Hilinski exited the previous game with a sprained left knee, but he is expected to be available versus Florida on Saturday.

  • Dylan Wonnum

    Ankle
    Late Oct | out

    Wonnum is projected to miss two to three weeks with an ankle injury.

  • Sadarius Hutcherson

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Hutcherson is dealing with an injury to an unlisted location, and it is uncertain if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus Florida.

  • Aaron Sterling

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Sterling has an undefined injury, and it is unclear if he will be active Saturday against Florida.

  • A.J. Turner

    Thumb
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Turner has a thumb injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Florida.

  • Deshaun Fenwick

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    Fenwick has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, and it is undetermined when he will return to action.

  • Bryan Edwards

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Edwards exited the previous game with an ankle injury, leaving his status hazy for Oct. 19 against Florida.

georgia-bulldogs-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Stetson Bennett 2 0 183.357 0 23 18 1 0 0 2 233
Jake Fromm 4 0 180.478 0 82 62 0 0 0 6 788
Nathan Priestley 2 0 58.400 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
D'Andre Swift 4 0 388 0 49 3
Brian Herrien 4 0 163 0 29 3
Zamir White 3 0 141 0 19 2
Kenny McIntosh 2 0 128 0 13 1
James Cook 4 0 99 0 9 2
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Dominick Blaylock 3 0 179 0 9 0 2
George Pickens 2 0 162 0 9 0 1
Lawrence Cager 3 0 139 0 10 0 2
Eli Wolf 4 0 98 0 7 0 0
Demetris Robertson 3 0 92 0 10 0 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Mark Webb 3 0 11 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Monty Rice 4 0 8 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tae Crowder 4 0 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Richard Lecounte 4 0 7 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Eric Stokes 4 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Rodrigo Blankenship 4 0 8 8 50 21 21
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
James Cook 4 0 3 0 22 57
Brian Herrien 4 0 2 0 22 37
D'Andre Swift 4 0 1 0 4 4
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Charlie Woerner 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Divaad Wilson 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Eli Wolf 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Jake Fromm 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Kearis Jackson 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brian Herrien 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
D'Andre Swift 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Demetris Robertson 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Dominick Blaylock 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
George Pickens 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Tyler Simmons 4 0 8 0 42 134
Dominick Blaylock 3 0 1 0 11 11
Kearis Jackson 1 0 1 0 6 6

south-carolina-gamecocks-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 126.793 0 117 73 3 0 0 5 772
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 120.633 0 12 7 0 0 0 0 89
Jake Bentley 1 0 90.760 0 30 16 2 0 0 1 142
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Rico Dowdle 4 0 268 0 41 3
Tavien Feaster 4 0 183 0 35 1
Kevin Harris 1 0 147 0 6 3
Mon Denson 1 0 118 0 9 1
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 49 0 10 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 311 0 21 0 3
Shi Smith 4 0 190 0 16 0 1
Kyle Markway 4 0 172 0 14 0 2
Josh Vann 4 0 70 0 10 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 52 0 7 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Ernest Jones 4 0 16 15 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
T.J. Brunson 4 0 16 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Israel Mukuamu 4 0 15 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
R.J. Roderick 4 0 14 9 0 0 1 3 0 1 8 1
J.T. Ibe 3 0 12 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Parker White 4 0 6 8 48 11 11
Will Tommie 1 0 0 0 0 5 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Shi Smith 4 0 7 0 60 162
Kyle Markway 4 0 2 0 6 11
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Ryan Hilinski 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Nick Muse 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rico Dowdle 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Bryan Edwards 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dakereon Joyner 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jake Bentley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joseph Charlton 3 0 0 734 0 63 15 0 0
Kevin Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryan Edwards 4 0 3 0 38 66
Josh Vann 4 0 2 0 22 24