No. 1 again, Georgia visiting South Carolina in SEC opener

Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2022 at 2:46 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. - College football season is heating up, and this weekend we’ll have a rivalry game – one many fans across the CSRA have been waiting for.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are coming off a tough 44-30 loss to Arkansas, and for the second week in a row, they’re set to face a ranked team – the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs. The challenge for Spencer Rattler and the Gamecocks is even tougher given the season-ending ACL injuries to linebackers Jordan Strachan and Mo Kaba.

But the Gamecocks’ Rattler passed for 361 yards last week even though nearly half came in the fourth quarter.

South Carolina has struggled to run the ball and faces one of the nation’s best defenses.

But the Gamecocks believe they have what it takes to keep growing, and maybe surprise a few people after kickoff at noon Saturday in Columbia.

The Gamecocks’ Sherrod Greene says it’s all about “making sure that guys believe that we are a good team, and that we can beat anybody if we really lock in to what we’re supposed to do.”

He says they’re “just as good as anybody in the SEC, and I believe that, and it’s my job to get other guys to believe that as well.”

Austin Stogner says, “There’s flashes everywhere. Flashes of good, flashes of bad, but you’re going to have that anytime, and this is our second week together. It’s Spencer’s second week as quarterback, so it’s going to – it takes time.”

The defending national champion Bulldogs, who replaced Alabama atop The Associated Press rankings, have outscored their first two opponents 82-3 behind quarterback Stetson Bennett.

Stetson Bennett, the the Georgia quarterback, may not get enough credit for his play but he’s certainly getting the job done. Bennett is averaging a league-best 10.28 yards per pass attempt while completing 75% of his passes for 668 yards.

He has three touchdown passes and hasn’t been intercepted in 65 pass attempts.

Bennett has emerged as one of the Top-5 Heisman candidates per FanDuel Sportsbook.