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.