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Predictions for South Carolina vs. Georgia
SEC Country’s Mike Chapman and Hale McGranahan don’t like South Carolina’s chances at upsetting No. 1 Georgia on Saturday, but both do call for the Gamecocks to cover the 25-point spread.
McGranahan has the Bulldogs winning 31-10, while Chapman sees the Gamecocks keeping it a little closer.
“The Gamecocks are playing some of their best football of the season and I think they have a chance to keep this thing close, perhaps shock the nation with an upset in Athens,” Chapman wrote. “However, I still see Georgia winning. The game should be close, due to the fact that South Carolina is playing well right now, but I see Georgia pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 31-21 victory.”
Senior Cory Helms will start at right guard for the Gamecocks on Saturday, according to South Carolina coach Will Muschamp.
“Actually, probably could have gone back into the Vanderbilt game,” Muschamp said of Helms and the injury he suffered last weekend. “[Offensive line coach] Eric Wolford had to pull him off the field at one point.”
The 6-foot-4 guard started all 13 games for the Gamecocks in 2016, but he’s been dealing with a nagging ankle injury much of this season.
The recruiting to-do list
Muschamp and his staff are always busy on the recruiting trail, but what are their biggest priorities in November? SEC Country breaks it down.
“We’re approaching three months on the 2018 commitment drought,” McGranahan wrote. “While it’s easy to see why Gamecocks fans want Muschamp to toss another #SpursUp on Twitter, they should keep one thing in mind: It’s been awhile since a South Carolina target committed to another school.”
Four-star linebacker Channing Tindall appears to be the next Gamecocks target to announce his commitment. The Columbia native is reportedly choosing between Georgia and South Carolina.
‘A program on the rise’
Four-star cornerback and Tennessee commit Jaycee Horn was among the unofficial visitors on campus last weekend for the Vanderbilt game. He left impressed with the Gamecocks defense.
“A program on the rise. One thing I do like about their defense is they play all types of coverages and you get a chance to learn all the coverages under two great defensive-minded coaches and two great defensive back coaches,” Horn told SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut. “That helps you a lot in the future if you are planning on pursuing a career in the NFL.”
The Alpharetta (Ga.) High School standout is rated as the No. 217 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite.
Hang the banners
South Carolina’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will hang their respective championship banners prior to their home openers in Columbia.
The women open the season at home on Nov. 10. The men play their first home game on Nov. 13.
The Lady Gamecocks won the NCAA championship last season, while the men made it to their first-ever Final Four.
Ready for their close-up
South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley and reigning SEC Player of the Year A’ja Wilson visited ESPN on Thursday for the network’s National Women’s Basketball Media Day.
Final Four means more
According to South Carolina marketing director Eric Nichols, South Carolina men’s basketball has sold more than 8,700 season tickets already, 10 days before the home opener.
“We probably sold 500 to 700 new season tickets before the summer because we were capitalizing on the emotion, the momentum that swept up South Carolina,” Nichols told Andrew Ramspacher of The State. “That’s where we made the biggest changes.”
The Gamecocks were 21st nationally in attendance last season, with an average of 13,395 fans at Colonial Life Arena, a school record.
That 2012 luck
If the Gamecocks are to upset the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday, they’ll need a performance like that of their 2012 counterparts.
South Carolina, ranked No. 6 at the time, throttled No. 5 Georgia, 35-7, in an absolutely electric atmosphere at Williams-Brice Stadium. The crowd was perhaps at its loudest during wide receiver Ace Sanders’ 70-yard punt return touchdown.
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