After a home game against North Carolina, South Carolina will travel down to Athens.
Remember when teams started the season against cupcakes to get in reps before the tougher games on the schedule? Due to the constant chase for TV ratings, South Carolina won’t have the benefit of a de facto preseason game. The Gamecocks ought to handle the Tar Heels even if they aren’t at their best, but an away date with the Bulldogs will require a near flawless effort.
Georgia is probably the biggest threat to win the SEC East. Aaron Murray and the running back combo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will ensure the Bulldogs' offense has plenty of firepower. Even South Carolina’s stout defense will struggle to contain all the offensive talent at Mark Richt’s disposal.
The Bulldogs will also be looking for revenge between the hedges. Last year South Carolina laid the lumber to Georgia in a 35-7 win. That was the high-water mark for the Gamecocks as they lost consecutive games following that win. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, regrouped and didn’t lose again all season until an SEC title game showdown with Alabama.
Georgia has LSU in Athens, but avoids a regular season game versus Alabama. So the Bulldogs aren’t likely to drop more than one conference game. If South Carolina are to remain ahead of Georgia in the SEC East standings, the Gamecocks will need to win the early-season showdown in Athens.