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When things changed

Over at The Blawg House, Cory Brinson takes a look at when Georgia’s fortunes as a road team changed in the South Carolina series.

I’d humbly like to suggest another turning point.  From 2002 through 2008, your typical Georgia-South Carolina game was a real low scoring grinder.  The average score during that time was roughly 18-10.

Then I wrote what may still be my favorite post at GTP.  Since then, each team has scored at least 35 points three times, and Carolina hit the 30-point mark, something it had never done against a Richt defense before 2009, on another occasion.  The games may still be nailbiters, but there isn’t much grinding going on anymore.

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Big ‘uns

Wow.  South Carolina’s starting offensive tackles are listed at 6’8″, 344 and 6’6″, 333.  Those are some large human beings.

I don’t know how quick they are, but it probably takes an extra half-second to run around them.

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Your small sample size stat of the day

I know, I know… we’re only two games in, but check out who’s last in the SEC in defensive third down conversions.  Then, check out the national stats.  Astoundingly bad.

Most of the bleeding is coming on passing plays where the opponent needs less than 10 yards to pick up the first down.  Opponents are 11 of 18 converting in those situations.

You can question Mason and the receivers all you want, but that’s the kind of distance situation Georgia’s passing game is more than capable of handling.  Especially with a better running threat to brace it than either of South Carolina’s previous opponents have.  I expect Bobo will come prepared to exploit it.

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A knockdown, drag out fight

Saturday may be shaping up as Bert’s kind of game.

South Carolina loses and that puts the ‘Cocks three games in the hole on beating Georgia for the East, with every other division rival still to play.  Not a place Steve Spurrier wants to be.

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Random Dawg-‘Cock stuff

Just a few tidbits for you to swirl around in your mouth for their tasty goodness:

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Sign of the times

I’m not dumb enough to equate what bloggers write to how teams and coaches are thinking, but I’ve gotta admit that, as I usually get tweaked by South Carolina folks for being overconfident about the SC-Georgia game, I’m amused to find this season I’m getting dissed for poor mouthing.

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Chicken stock

Tyler cites plenty of stats from South Carolina’s win last Saturday, but with all due respect, none of those are as important as this one:  M. Davis (SC) – 18 CAR, 101 YDS, 2 TD.

Mike Davis is back.  And he’ll be starting Saturday.

South Carolina is twelfth in the conference in total offense and dead last in total defense.  Spurrier acknowledges that this isn’t his most talented team.  His best player is Mike Davis.  Coaching 101 says get the ball in the hands of your best player as much as you can.  Mike Davis hasn’t been asked to carry the ball at Lattimore levels before (he’s only had 25+ rushing attempts in a game once), but Saturday may very well be the time to break that pattern.  Giving Davis a steady dose of the ball accomplishes plenty – it takes pressure off the South Carolina passing game, the Gamecock defense and keeps Georgia’s offense off the field some.

Check out Carolina’s last series of the game Saturday.  It was an eighteen-play drive that ate over ten and a half minutes off the clock.  Twelve of the plays – twelve of the last thirteen – were runs.  Pound the ball.  That’s what Spurrier wants to do next Saturday with that big offensive line of his.

I know Georgia’s secondary is the weak link of the defense.  I expect Spurrier to try some deep throws, especially if the running game helps sell play action.  But I expect to see a lot more of Mike Davis.

The psychology favors South Carolina, despite the difference in the two teams’ starts this season, because of the history in Columbia in the series.  Georgia hasn’t scored more than 20 points in a game there since 1994 and no doubt the stink bomb the Dawgs laid there on the last trip is still on the minds of the coaches.  2012 may be on Mark Richt’s mind, but the game I’m thinking of was the 2005 meeting.  Georgia had a ton of momentum coming off a Boise State win in which Shockley looked all world.  Spurrier came in with the least talented team he’s ever coached, and John Thompson as his defensive coordinator.  And South Carolina came within an eyelash of pulling off an upset.  I’m sure Spurrier would be thrilled with another blowout, but a grinder where his team takes advantage of a couple of slip ups in front of a hostile crowd to pull out a close win would be just as satisfying.

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UPDATE:  Tyler has some more thoughts in response here.

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