That’s some dry spell you got there.

It never ceases to amaze me the number of ways that Tennessee’s current run of futility can be categorized.  Take this:

Tennessee is just 2-28 against ranked opponents since the start of the 2008 season, with wins over a ranked South Carolina team in 2009 and 2013. In that time the Vols have had just one winning season — 7-6 in 2009 — and are 33-41 overall under four different coaches.

Tennessee has not beaten a top-five foe since beating then No. 4-ranked LSU in 2005.

Mike Hamilton was the bomb.

Oh, and good luck in Norman today, fellas.

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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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It’s always springtime.

School spirit, for the win.

Go Vols, indeed.

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“When push comes to shove, we handed it to Herschel.”

I don’t really care about the whole Herschel vs. Gurley thing, but I love this quote from Lindsey Scott about one of my favorite Walker runs:

Old Bulldog fans will remember Walker’s sideline gallop against the Gamecocks in 1980, which is still one of the better rushes in college football’s long memory. Walker was a freight train, and tackler after South Carolina tackler began pursuit with the proper angle and ended up flailing in his wake.

“I remember like it was yesterday,” said another Walker teammate, receiver Lindsay Scott, on Thursday. “I was blocking. You only had to give him a little bit. He just flat-out outran everybody. Gurley is certainly not slow, but I don’t know if he’s got that gear. He’s got a gear, but I don’t know if he’s got that gear.

“Hell, I was trying to catch him.”

Heh.  Nobody did, though.  And that last defensive back had the angle.

You can see the run in all its glory at the 1:12 mark on this clip.

(It was the first one I could find, I swear.)

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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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Grind it out, or shoot it out?

If I feel good about Georgia’s offense’s chances tomorrow, I’m not so optimistic about life on the other side of the ball.  First of all, South Carolina is a better offensive team than many of us have credited so far.

South Carolina’s offense is ranked 6th in S&P+ Offense, which may seem high to some, but this team has also scored approximately 30 points and 437 yards per game. This has happened despite a dismal performance on third downs against A&M, and Mike Davis only averaging 12 carries a game. Encouragingly for the Gamecocks, after falling behind 13-7 early to ECU,  they closed ranks and scored on their final seven possessions.

The ‘Cocks haven’t been lights out running the ball – Davis’ health and TAMU forcing SC out of its comfort zone have something to do with that – but they’ve been quite good throwing it.  And that’s where my concern creeps in, because that plays right into Georgia’s weakness on defense.

Part of me thinks that Spurrier would like to grind out the game behind Davis.  But there’s another part of me that thinks if the OBC comes around to the position that the Carolina defense can’t shut Georgia’s offense down, he might as well take to the air big time and try to win a shoot out.  For all I know, that might work.  The one thing I’m sure about is that Spurrier knows he can’t let his team get down by two scores.  He’ll do what he can to keep that from happening.

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