Georgia's only conference losses the past two seasons have come against South Carolina, with those defeats seemingly inspiring back-to-back runs to the SEC championship game.
That doesn't mean the 11th-ranked Bulldogs are planning to test that theory again.
Georgia looks to avoiding starting 0-2 for the second time in three seasons by ending a three-game losing streak to the sixth-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday in Athens.
Much like this year, the Bulldogs opened 2011 with a pair of marquee matchups, falling 35-21 to No. 5 Boise State at the Georgia Dome before a tough 45-42 home loss to No. 12 South Carolina the following week.
After a 5-0 start to 2012, Georgia was routed 35-7 at No. 6 South Carolina on Oct. 6 to end its hopes of an undefeated season. The Bulldogs, though, recovered to go 7-1 in SEC play before falling in the conference title game each year.
Coach Mark Richt isn't shying away from the importance of this meeting, especially after his team fell 38-35 at then-No. 8...