The Georgia Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks play on Saturday, November 4, 2017.
The Bulldogs are the No. 1 team in the country in the College Football Playoff rakings, while South Carolina enters with a 6-2 record. Georgia won last year’s game in Columbia, SC., 28-14.
Georgia-South Carolina football time
The Georgia-South Carolina game will kickoff at 3:30 pm in Athens, Ga.
Georgia-South Carolina football TV channel
The Georgia-South Carolina football game will air on CBS.
Georgia-South Carolina football live stream
The Georgia-South Carolina game will be streamed. You can watch it on the Watch CBS app.
Georgia-South Carolina picks, pregame observations
Odds: Georgia is a 24.5 point favorite against the South Carolina Gamecocks
Over/Under: The over/under for the Georgia-South Carolina football game is 45
Picks/Preview: Via DawgNation’s Cy Brown
Overheard in the press box
Rick Neuheisel, who’s callilng today’s game for CBS, just walked by a TV showing the Florida-Missouri game, stopped, turned around and said: “Does that score say 28-3? … Holy smokes!”
Well now it’s 28-6, after a second Florida field goal to finish the half.
Kirby Smart vs. Will Muschamp
As most figure to know by now, this marks the return of Muschamp, who will not be facing his alma mater for the first time, or the first time as a head coach – it’s the sixth time – but it will be the first time in Sanford Stadium as a head coach. The first four came in Jacksonville as Florida’s coach, and last year’s game was in Columbia, S.C.
Muschamp is 1-4 in those games, and 0-1 against Kirby Smart, whose careers have had many crossed paths.
Muschamp was a senior safety when Smart arrived at Georgia in 1995. When Smart entered coaching four years later, it was Muschamp who, then the defensive coordinator at Valdosta State, got Smart an interview and subsequent job as an assistant coach at the Division II school. And after Muschamp joined the LSU staff of Nick Saban, he soon called Smart and helped him latch on there. The rest is coaching history.
So the two not only know each other well, but Smart owes at least a bit of his career to Muschamp. It’s pretty safe to say Smart doesn’t feel he owes Muschamp anything regarding this game.
SEC East implications
This seems small potatoes considering the national picture, but Georgia could clinch the SEC East today. But it would need help.
Georgia (5-0 in the SEC) has a big lead on South Carolina (4-2) and Kentucky (3-2), and at minimum the Bulldogs would eliminate everyone but Kentucky by beating the Gamecocks today. Kentucky, meantime, would need to beat Ole Miss today in order to stay in contention.
The Wildcats then host Vanderbilt next week, while Georgia plays at Auburn. If Kentucky wins the next two, which are both home games, and Georgia slips up either today or at Auburn, then Kentucky would come to Sanford Stadium on Nov. 18 with it being a de factor division championship.
Or Georgia could just clinch it this or next week.
What’s in a ranking?
Ultimately it should shake out on the field, probably against each other, but the reason for the uncertain headline on this is easy: Georgia is No. 1 in the playoff committee ranking but remains No. 2 behind Alabama in the traditional polls. (The AP and coaches polls, and it’s not that close in those polls.)
It might be interesting to see how that’s treated today by UGA, at least in an official manner. On the one hand, you want to celebrate a great honor. On the other hand … rat poison.