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And let us raise a finger in honor of the fine young men giving their all on our behalf.

Classy broad.

There’s always Clemson, ‘Cock fans, to look forward to.

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Somebody’s got my back.

To my loyal South Carolina readership who’s found fault with me for ranking Georgia ahead of South Carolina in this week’s Power Poll despite 35-38, please take note that Bovada still rates the Dawgs’ chances to win a national title better than the Gamecocks’.

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Final thoughts on Georgia-South Carolina

Randomness, in no particular order:

  • Woody Allen’s famous quote that “eighty percent of success is showing up” keeps running through my head.  It’s important for Georgia to show up today, mentally and emotionally.  One thing you have to say about last season was that the team learned a lot about fighting through adversity to stay in a game.  You have to hope that’s a lesson that’s carried over in the event that South Carolina and its home crowd get some early momentum.
  • The other part of the mental aspect for today is that I think the bye week gave the staff and the players the chance to reset after the Clemson win.
  • A fifty percent chance of rain in Columbia could make the jobs of two vulnerable secondaries even tougher.
  • What makes Steve Spurrier more desperate – losing to Georgia as a general proposition, or being buried in the SEC East race after three weeks?
  • I still can’t figure out how the chess game between the four coordinators plays out.  On the one hand, both offenses want to put the ball in the hands of their best respective players, both of whom are tailbacks.  But the defenses will probably be stacked to clog up the running game.  On the other hand, those shaky secondaries sure look tempting.
  • You know, if opponents refuse to kick off directly to Gurley, that kind of does away with the whole “don’t risk getting your best player hurt on special teams” concern.
  • I hope Brendan Douglas gets to use his shoulder today.
  • I also hope Richt lets Isaiah McKenzie return another punt today.
  • It’s a shame Mitchell and Scott-Wesley aren’t part of the game plan, but Georgia can survive that.
  • Given the coverage skills South Carolina’s linebackers have displayed in their first two games, I’m keeping an eye on Jay Rome today.

If the Dawgs can avoid turnover problems, I like their chances.  I do think there will be some scoring – both secondaries are going to give up yards and points – so I’m thinking something like Georgia 31 South Carolina 24.

And you?

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It’s not just how much you run…

in the Georgia-South Carolina series.  It’s how well you run, too.

In the last nine meetings, Georgia averages 4.3 yards per carry in wins against South Carolina and just 3.8 yards per carry in losses. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, average 4.6 yards per carry in wins; 3.4 in losses. The team that cracks 4.0 yards per carry wins.

It’s worth noting that last year South Carolina averaged 6.3 yards per rush, but still lost.  (Georgia averaged 4.3 ypc.)  So it’s better just to say that the winning team averages over four yards a pop on the ground.

In any event, Georgia needs to run the ball well.

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Saturday morning buffet

A pre-game buffet for your dining pleasure.

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Stop Gurley? You can only hope to contain him.

Matt Hinton’s excellent piece about what South Carolina’s defense can do to slow down Todd Gurley makes this excellent point:

Against the best defense he faced in that span, Alabama, Gurley ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in the 2012 SEC Championship Game. Against Florida’s blue-chip defense, he accounted for 141 yards from scrimmage in 2012 and 187 yards in 2013, largely carrying the offense in back-to-back UGA wins.

If Gurley can rack up the yardage against defenses like those, why should we expect this year’s edition of South Carolina’s to do any better?

Matt’s conclusion is spot on, too.  There is a way South Carolina can stop Gurley.  But it won’t be with its defense.

The fact is, if Gurley gets his touches, he’s going to get his yards, and Georgia’s almost certainly going to get its points as a result. The longer the score is within reach, the more comfortable the Bulldogs will be in their four-deep rotation at tailback, and the fresher Gurley will be when it comes time to drop the hammer down the stretch. The most foolproof way for Carolina to prevent that from happening is to threaten to put the score out of reach, even if that means taking some early risks.

And that’s the problem Spurrier has with taking a grind-it-out approach to win tomorrow.  Georgia is better equipped to grind things out than Carolina is.

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You’re really special, special teams.

You know what’s weird?  The eerie silence surrounding special teams play tomorrow.  Well, except for this.

And even in that case, I’m not sure how much of it was meant as praise for Gurley and how much as another knock on Dabo.

Georgia’s special teams played about as well against Clemson as we could have possibly expected, so it could be that we’re still too stunned to analyze it.  There’s also the realization that South Carolina is one of the few programs which had special teams play at least as poor as Georgia’s was last season.

So I don’t know where it all shakes out.  Carolina’s place kicker went 4-4 on his field goal attempts and is the SEC’s reigning special teams player of the week, and Marshall Morgan’s been money for better than a season now.  Beyond that, we’ll see.  Given how big a deal Georgia’s special teams were in dictating field position against Clemson, I hope the stellar play we saw wasn’t a mirage.  Georgia can use every edge it can get in Columbia.

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