Each year we hear about how tough it is to play South Carolina. Particularly road games in Columbia. I've been to 17 Georgia vs. South Carolina games including all of the games since conference expansion plus the 1989 game in Athens.
In my 8 trips to Williams-Brice Stadium, I've seen Georgia go 6-2. Have the games been physical battles? Yes. Have they been tougher than necessary? Yep. Has UGA played consistently well? No.
But we've won with great frequency. In fact, the average margin of victory in our six wins during that time frame was over 11 points. Yet, you'd think we won every game 7-6 from reading the message boards. Over our entire history, our winning percentage vs. these guys is over 80% at home and it's still greater than 70% in Columbia.
I looked at Georgia's overall and road record in the SEC since conference expansion in 1992. The only places where the Bulldogs win more consistently than Columbia are Nashville, Fayetteville, and Starkville. Hmmmm....If we changed the name of the Gamecocks home town to Columbiaville, we'd never lose.
|Overall||Road||Road Win %|
|S. Carolina ||11-5||6-2||0.750|
In my opinion, it really doesn't matter how well the Chickens play. If Georgia plays well, we're going to win this game going away. The two games that we've lost in Columbia since conference expansion were 1996 and 2000. In those two games, Georgia surrendered 10 total turnovers.
Other games have been slowed by incredibly poorly timed mental miscues such as:
- 2002 - Tyson Browning fumbles in the South Carolina red zone on his first career carry.
2004 - UGA surrenders a safety and David Greene throws a pick six early.
2006 - Three INTs by Matthew Stafford keep the score from being even more out of hand than the 18-0 scoreboard indicated.
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