The sixth-ranked University of South Carolina football team heads into Athens, Georgia this weekend looking to extend a three-game winning streak over their SEC East rivals, the No. 11/12 Georgia Bulldogs.

Prior to the current three-game steak Georgia had never lost more than two games in a row to the Gamecocks. The last time that happened? The brief Gamecock football “mini-renaissance” of 2000-01 under Lou Holtz – which included a thrilling 14-9 victory over the Bulldogs in Athens.

That game was clinched in the fourth quarter when USC quarterback Phil Petty hit wide receiver Brian Scott on a 16-yard touchdown pass (above).

Last year South Carolina obliterated fifth-ranked Georgia 35-7 at home, although the Bulldogs still enjoy a decisive 46-17-2 advantage in the series, which dates back to 1894.

Wanna know everything there is to know about this rivalry? Check out the official game notes (below) provided by the University of South Carolina athletic department.

USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said the Gamecocks had “gotten good practices in” this week and were ready to do battle against one of the nation’s most potent offenses, led by senior All-SEC quarterback Aaron Murray.

Ward did say star defensive back Victor Hampton – who was injured in the Gamecocks’ season-opening win over North Carolina – would not start on Saturday against the Bulldogs.

Our founding editor Will Folks (a.k.a. Sic Willie) – who will be traveling to Athens for the game – will reveal his South Carolina-Georgia #FITSPick early Saturday. He is 1-1 picking winners this season (and 1-1 against the Vegas point spread).

Georgia enters the game as a three-point favorite … 


Pic: Travis Bell Photography