- David Ching, ESPN Staff Writer
Editor’s note: Each week, the good folks at ESPN Stats and Information will help us take a look inside the numbers that matter prior to Georgia’s games -- and they really knocked it out of the park for this week’s showdown between No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina. We’ll share some of their data here on the blog every Friday this fall.
NO. 5 GEORGIA AT NO. 6 SOUTH CAROLINA
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Williams-Brice Stadium/Columbia, S.C.
It would be reasonable to say this is the biggest Georgia-South Carolina game ever. This is the first time that both teams are ranked in the Associated Press top 10 at the time of their meeting -- a major step in a series that started in 1894 and includes 64 meetings. The closest challenger came in 1980, when No. 4 Georgia beat No. 14 South Carolina 13-10 in Athens.
Georgia fans’ nickname for freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall -- “Gurshall,” a reference to famed Bulldogs back Herschel Walker -- is quickly catching on. Walker wore jersey No. 34 and led Georgia to a national championship as a freshman in 1980. Gurley wears No. 3 and Marshall wears No. 4 and the Bulldogs have similar championship aspirations this season.