UGA-USC game a hot ticket

Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 4:23 PM
Last updated 7:48 PM
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The stage is set for the biggest football game in Columbia in three decades.

Good luck, though, finding a ticket at a reasonable price for Saturday’s showdown between Georgia and South Carolina.

The popular online auction sites StubHub and eBay had more than 300 listings for the sold-out game Monday. Asking prices ranged from just over $150 for a single ticket to premium packages well over $1,000 per ticket.

South Carolina’s athletic department warned fans to be wary of counterfeit tickets. Fans can verify ticket authenticity at the school’s ticket office.

“This is the hardest ticket in Columbia that I’ve ever seen,” longtime Gamecocks fan Jason Newsome said Monday.

Newsome already has his tickets secured for the game, which pits a pair of unbeaten teams in the No. 5 Bulldogs against the No. 6 Gamecocks. The 7 p.m. game will be nationally televised by ESPN, and the network’s popular College GameDay show will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to noon on the South Carolina campus.

While Georgia and its fan base have experienced plenty of top-10 matchups through the years, this is rare territory for Gamecock Nation. Newsome and other South Carolina fans compare it to the 1984 game against Florida State when South Carolina was 8-0 and ranked No. 5 in the nation.

“I think it’s definitely bigger than Florida State in ’84, and I was at that game with my dad and aunt as a 3-year-old,” Newsome said. “I watched that game on a Beta tape 1,000 times as a kid growing up. I can’t recall a game this big in the last two decades.”

South Carolina defeated No. 11 Florida State 38-26 at Williams-Brice Stadium that year but saw its national championship hopes die the next week in a road loss at Navy.

Chris Fulmer, a diehard Game­cocks fan who hasn’t missed any home or away games in more than two decades, suggested that the 1987 South Carolina-Clemson contest in Columbia also deserves mention. The No. 12 Game­cocks defeated the No. 8 Tigers 20-7 on a chilly night at Williams-Brice.

The stakes are much higher this week. The winner of Satur­day’s game will have a clearer path to the Southeastern Con­fer­ence championship game in Atlanta.

“This is a huge game based on national rankings, SEC East, rivalry game, and I don’t think we have ever beaten them three in a row,” Fulmer said. “Two in a row is a rarity. I believe we’ve only done that like (six) times.”

Georgia leads the overall series 46-16-2, and South Carolina is looking for its first three-peat in series history. The Gamecocks handled Geor­gia 17-6 in Columbia in 2010, then won a wild, 45-42 contest in Athens last year.

The Gamecocks might have something in their favor: the last time College GameDay came to town, in 2010, South Carolina upset No. 1 Alabama.

“Even the Alabama game two years ago doesn’t really compare because most never gave us a chance,” Newsome said.

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Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/01/12 - 04:02 pm
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Georgia better have that

Georgia better have that secondary back up to snuff. I see the battle between Lattimore and Jones as a huge fist fight for the whole game. Two really tough fast kids. And if the Gamecocks think they're playing the Aaron Murray of last year they're in for a rude awakening. They'll have to defend the whole field this time.

Go Dawgs.

Let's see how many thumbs down that gets.

LocalLawyer
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LocalLawyer 10/01/12 - 07:42 pm
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Thumbs up from me Retired. I

Thumbs up from me Retired. I don't see the chickens hanging with the Dawgs after they struggled with Kentucky and Vandy. Lattimore is an animal, but we have Gurley and Marshall, plus the best qb in the nation. If Rambo and Ogletree have the rust off, the chickens will have their hands full.

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csrareader 10/01/12 - 07:46 pm
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Tickets will be a lot cheaper

Tickets will be a lot cheaper in Gamecockville after they drop four in a row to Georgia, LSU, Florida and Tennessee. Throw in a loss to Clemson late in the year, and Spurrier can call it a career.

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KSL 10/01/12 - 09:37 pm
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Win or lose, USC is THE BEST

Win or lose, USC is THE BEST place to tailgait.

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KSL 10/01/12 - 09:48 pm
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My dad always bought 4 UGA

My dad always bought 4 UGA tickets. He went there for law school, and was president of the GA law review. Asked to stay on and teach. Sound familiar? Oh, Obama was not asked to stay and teach at Harvard.

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KSL 10/01/12 - 09:58 pm
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He would give us the tickets

He would give us the tickets to the games. I did enjoy seeing George and company defeat the Dogs. The hush over the entire area was so loud.

We have not gotten the tickets in years. They were passed on to the UGA grads in the family.

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etlinks 10/02/12 - 07:13 am
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USC/GA

Yes it will be a tough game for Carolina but with 4 solid quarters of play and a few breaks who knows. Lets just wait and see. Csrareader your Missouri prediction was wrong so lets see how wrong you are with the above predictions.

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justthefacts 10/02/12 - 09:17 am
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Tailgating

I disagree with KSL assertion about SC being the best tailgating. JMO of course. It is probably very easy to remember all 16 of SC victories over UGA. UGA has a more difficult time remembering all 46 victories over SC. For most of this century SC was a mere afterthought to UGA fans. Players who UGA didn't want went there. Spurrier has made things much more interesting. Going to be a good game.

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jbfj 10/03/12 - 09:58 pm
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KSL and tailgating

Ask anyone in the SEC what campus has the WORST tailgating and USC comes in first. Every time I hear someone speak of tailgating, USC is never among the frontrunners, and USC nearly comes in last from any SEC fan I have ever spoken to. Parking is atrocious and there is no feel that a football game is about to break out in the parking lots.

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