The Bulldog Nation may not recognize the South Carolina Gamecocks as one of the big Georgia football rivals, but they do recognize how talented Steve Spurrier’s squad will be this season.
Scanning up and down Georgia’s schedule, there are a few possible pitfalls and obstacles in the way of their first undefeated season in 34 years (appropriate number, don’t you think?), and when fans were asked who they think presents the biggest hurdle for the Bulldogs, the answer came back overwhelmingly for one team.
In a recent poll done by Dawn of the Dawg, 82 percent of fans responding said that the Gamecocks were the one team on Georgia’s schedule that had them concerned, and with good reason.
The Gamecocks have several things that make them such a tough opponent. Solid running game, a stellar defensive unit, the longest current home winning streak in the SEC (and this year’s game is at Williams-Brice stadium), and of course, the evil genius himself…
On that streak, the Gamecocks haven’t lost a home game in over two years. The last time South Carolina was beaten at Williams-Brice – Oct. 1, 2011 by the Auburn Tigers. Columbia, S.C. is quietly becoming one of the toughest home venues in the SEC, and Georgia is going to have to pull themselves together early in the season if they want to break that streak.
The Bulldogs and Gamecocks are also the two teams that the majority of writers and analysts seem to think have the best chance of winning the SEC East, so it only follows that this game would be one of the toughest on the Bulldogs’ schedule.
But being the second game of the season — following a week off after playing Clemson at Sanford Stadium — Georgia has a more than decent chance of running the table if they can get past Spurrier’s squad.
No, it’s not one of the big three rivals — Florida, Auburn or Georgia Tech — but for one reason or another, the South Carolina game gets circled on everyone’s calendars every year it seems.