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Facing 0-2 start and impatient fans, Georgia and coach Richt gear up for Gamecocks
Two straight losses is no way to start a season for a coach whose job status was already shaky.
Georgia's Mark Richt is staring at that predicament.
His Bulldogs face No. 12 South Carolina in Athens on Saturday in a traditional early measuring-stick game for both teams.
Georgia is coming off a 35-21 loss to Boise State in Atlanta, which did nothing to calm already jittery Bulldogs fans, who are hoping for a rebound from their team after a 6-7 season.
Richt's resume is one of the best in the country. He's 96-35 in 10 seasons at Georgia. But the Bulldogs were 14-12 in the two previous seasons and 7-9 in the Southeastern Conference. And his best teams never reached a BCS championship game, which may seem like a ridiculously high standard to set for any coach, but hey, this is the SEC.
Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee have BCS titles, leaving Georgia fans wondering, 'Where's our crystal football, coach?'
Under Richt, the Bulldogs have controlled the series against the Gamecocks, winning seven of 10. The arrival of Steve Spurrier in Columbia has helped South Carolina makes things more respectable. The Gamecocks are 2-4 against Georgia with the Ball Coach, including a 17-6 victory last season.
The Gamecocks, with star running back Marcus Lattimore and talented receiver Alshon Jeffery, are the favorite to win the SEC East and rare favorites at Sanford Stadium. According to RJ Bell at Pregame.com, South Carolina was last favored at Georgia in 2001, Richt's first season with the Bulldogs.
But South Carolina is certainly no better than Boise State ' if that ' and Georgia might already be the most dangerous kind of team ' desperate.
Arizona (plus 14) at No. 9 Oklahoma State
Second meeting in nine months; Cowboys won Alamo Bowl 36-10 ... OKLAHOMA STATE 42-24.
No. 21 Missouri (plus 7 ) at Arizona State
Tigers new QB James Franklin struggled against Miami ' the Ohio one ... ARIZONA STATE 28-17.
Northwestern State (no line) at No. 2 LSU
Tigers get another week to work on that passing game ... LSU 42-7.
No. 3 Alabama (minus 10) at No. 23 Penn State
Expect at least four quarterbacks to play and at least one coach on field ... ALABAMA 27-14.
Charleston Southern (no line) at No. 5 Florida State
Light workout for Seminoles before Sooners come to town ... FLORIDA STATE 50-10.
No. 6 Stanford (minus 21) at Duke
Blue Devils can at least hang with Cardinal in classroom ... STANFORD 43-17.
Oregon State (plus 21) at No. 8 Wisconsin
Badgers defense needs to be better than it was against UNLV ... WISCONSIN 38-21.
Fresno State (plus 28) at No. 10 Nebraska
Huskers have won 21 straight against WAC opponents ... NEBRASKA 41-17.
No. 11 Virginia Tech (minus 20) at East Carolina
Pirates QB Dominique Davis will challenge Hokies defense ... VIRGINIA TECH 48-27.
No. 12 South Carolina (minus 3) at Georgia
Beware of under-Dawgs ... GEORGIA 23-17.
Nevada (plus 27) at No. 13 Oregon
This Wolf Pack is very different from one that beat Boise State last year ... OREGON 55-21.
New Mexico (plus 37) vs. No. 14 Arkansas
Razorbacks WR Joe Adams returned two punts for TDs last week ... ARKANSAS 58-14.
Toledo (plus 19) at No. 15 Ohio State
Buckeyes haven't lost to Ohio team since 1921; for the record it was 7-6 Oberlin ... OHIO STATE 38-17.
No. 16 Mississippi State (minus 7) at Auburn
Think Tigers are feeling more 0-1 than 1-0? ... MISSISSIPPI STATE 31-27.
Florida Atlantic (plus 32 ) at No. 17 Michigan State
In between trips to Florida and Auburn, Owls visit Big Ten ... MICHIGAN STATE 45-10.
UAB (plus 21 ) at No. 18 Florida
Gators' Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey combined for 324 all-purpose yards last week ... FLORIDA 42-14.
Norfolk State (no line) at No. 19 West Virginia
Mountaineers D has held 11 of last 13 opponents under 300 yards ... WEST VIRGINIA 58-10.
Ball State (plus 21) at No. 22 South Florida
Cardinals coming off win against Indiana ... USF 34-10.
BYU (plus 7) at No. 24 Texas
Third meeting. Cougars won both back in 1987 and '88 ... TEXAS 24-14.
No. 25 TCU (minus 2) at Air Force.
Frogs have won three straight in series and seven of eight ... TCU 28-20.
Last week's record: 21-12 (straight); 10-8 (vs. spread).
Best bets: 0-1.
Upset specials: 1-0.