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Columbia is a 'near-lock' for GameDay if Georgia, South Carolina are undefeated in week three

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If the Gamecocks and Bulldogs can get past a trio of tough early-season foes, College GameDay could return to Columbia, S.C. for the first time since 2012.

Kevin C. Cox

If you're a South Carolina fan who hasn't decided if you'll be rooting for Clemson or Georgia on Aug. 31, your veritable Sophie's choice just got easier. If the Gamecocks and Bulldogs are both undefeated when they meet at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 6, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that Columbia, S.C. is a "near-lock" to host ESPN's College GameDay.

After playing Clemson on the first Saturday of the 2014 season, the Bulldogs have a bye week before opening conference play against South Carolina on Sept. 13. The Gamecocks begin the year with a pair of home games against Texas A&M and East Carolina. According to most odds-makers, Clemson is a approximately a one-touchdown underdog on the road against Georgia. South Carolina is favored by 11 points over the Aggies. Lines for the Gamecocks' Sept. 6 matchup with the Pirates have not been set.

When GameDay last visited Columbia in 2012, the Gamecocks routed Georgia 35-7. Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and company set up shop on the beautiful and historic Horseshoe in the heart of the South Carolina campus and the entire day felt like an advertisement for the University of South Carolina. Before that, GameDay was on site for the Gamecocks' historic 35-21 win over then-No. 1 Alabama.

Any time Georgia and Clemson meet on the football field, South Carolina fans have a difficult time deciding which team they most want to lose. A Tiger victory will leave Clemson fans puffing their chest until November. If Georgia wins, they'll have plenty of confidence into their early-season contest with the Gamecocks. And the three schools, tightly clustered as they are, often fight over the same blue-chip recruits.

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Is this news enough to sway you over to Georgia? Or were you already rooting for the Bulldogs to begin with?