South Carolina-Georgia back in SEC leadoff spot

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- The South Carolina-Georgia game is back in its familiar spot -- leading off the Southeastern Conference schedule -- and the stakes are as high as ever Saturday.

The sixth-ranked Gamecocks have a chance to establish themselves as a legitimate national championship contender, while the 11th-ranked Bulldogs cannot afford another loss if they want to have a realistic shot at climbing to No. 1.

This used to be an automatic win for Georgia.

Not anymore.

Steve Spurrier has turned around a series in recent years owned by Georgia since the schools first played football in 1894. The Gamecocks have won three straight and four of the past six, and look to add to that total when No. 6 South Carolina plays at No. 11 Georgia on Saturday.

Last year was especially grim for Georgia -- a 35-7 loss in Columbia, when the game was played in Week 6 instead of its usual spot at the start of the SEC schedule.