- What’s the biggest difference going into this year’s game with South Carolina from last year’s? I’d argue that it’s Mike Bobo’s confidence in his ability to call a game. Last year he played into Tyrone Nix’ hands by letting Stafford throw the ball a season high 45 times. I feel pretty good about saying that ain’t gonna happen this year.
- And the second biggest difference? Matt Stafford trusts Stacey Searels.
- I get the feeling that the Georgia defensive linemen are pretty happy about the fact that they won’t be seeing a spread offense this week. “They’ll get in the ‘I’ and we like that,” Lomax said.
- While I think the d-line is in store for happier times this week in defending against the pass – both for scheme reasons and also because the South Carolina offensive line hasn’t exactly been a brick wall so far in pass protection – I am a little concerned about how Evans and Miller hold up after watching a few of their breakdowns against Central Michigan. A master at creating matchups to exploit, Spurrier feasted on Evans last year.
- As to McKinley’s status, Spurrier had this to say about it at his presser yesterday: “Kenny was not able to do anything yesterday. He probably won’t do anything today. I’d say he’s doubtful. When you severely pull a hamstring like he did, it’s usually a two to three-week deal.” Sorry, but I’m not ready to buy it yet. If you’ll recall, last year he got Emanuel Cook back on the field after an appendectomy. McKinley is by far their best offensive playmaker and he wants to play; if he can walk, he suits up.
- Also from the presser: “We have to stop the run like always. That’s the gameplan every week. You can’t let Knowshon (Moreno) run all up and down the field. We have to get a bunch of guys up there and our defensive backs have to cover.” No surprise there. But Bobo has a lot of ways to open things up for Moreno – four receiver sets, Moreno/King backfield sets (that came out in the CMU game), Moreno in the slot. I’d like to see what Jasper Brinkley can do when he has to account for Moreno moving laterally with the ball.
- Lost in the disappointment of last year’s game is the fact that Martinez did a good job for most of the game holding the SC (can I say that?) offense in check. The Dawgs outgained the ‘Cocks. South Carolina only managed to convert one of eleven third down opportunities.
- If Georgia is faced with a fourth and two on the South Carolina 33, I hope someone has a better play to call than the one we saw last year.
- Getting Munzenmaier, Dewberry and Weston back can’t hurt. Having Southerland back would be even better, though, after watching Georgia’s goal line offense last week.