Athens, Ga.—No. 3 Georgia, the runner-up for college football’s national championship last season, is 10-point favorite to win Saturday’s huge SEC game at South Carolina (3:30 p.m., CBS).
So if you believe the boys in Vegas, it will be a relatively easy afternoon for the Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium. History, however, tells a much different story.
There is a long tradition of Georgia going to South Carolina with what appears to be a significantly better team only to lose or have to fight like crazy to get out of town with a victory.
Ask Vince Dooley, Georgia’s Hall of Fame coach.
Almost 50 years ago–Oct. 5, 1968 to be exact–Dooley took his undefeated team to Columbia. That team would go on to win the SEC Championship and would be named national champions by the Litkenhous Poll. That South Carolina team—coached by Paul Dietzel—would eventually finish 4-6. On paper it was a mismatch.
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