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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26 responses to “Final thoughts on Georgia-South Carolina

  1. PansyTheDawg

    Rain during the game could be huge for us. I want it to rain cats and dogs, so the only real option for both teams is to run the ball. Hand it to Todd Gurley and win.

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  2. I don’t care how they do it, just do it.

    Let me add that I will be shocked if the East winner is 8-0. Food for thought.

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  3. I vote for McKenzie as big player in screen and wheel routes. I know he is not completely ready for this complex offense but get him the ball in space …..I bet good things would happen. Stay dry senator

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  4. SCDawg11

    UGA 30 – SC 17

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  5. AthensHomerDawg

    Psychology accounts for at least 50 per cent of success in almost every field of endeavor, including preaching and teaching as well as salesmanship.
    We have us a preacher and a teacher and they are both good salesmen too.

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  6. AthensHomerDawg

    Kick off temps in the mid 80’s with humidity above 70%. If we see any rain it will likely be after the first half when the temps start to fall.
    GO DAWGS!

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  7. Is there any evidence from anywhere suggesting returners get injured at a rate at or above that of a tailback on the average carry? If not, can the injury discussion end?

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  8. Lrgk9

    Hey Spence, Yeah there is – If I remember right its like every 57 Kickoff/Punt return plays versus about every 90 regular plays. (approximations)

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  9. JCDAWG83

    I’ve been watching Georgia football for 45 years and I am as nervous about this game as any I’ve ever seen. This game is EVERYTHING to the chickens, we will get their best effort. If they lose, they know they are effectively out of the SEC race and will be unranked three weeks into the season and the rest of the season will be playing for the least sucky bowl they can get.

    I really hope the coaches have used the off week to get the team’s minds right. I would much rather be going into this game as an underdog.

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  10. CannonDawg

    High degree of anxiety for Dawg Nation, and rightly so. But I’m counting on our team’s excellent preparation, its ability to make adjustments on the fly, and the championship quality of being able to take an SEC contender’s best shot and, still standing and swinging, counterpunch for the KO.

    It’ll be our day today. I’m not sure of a score, but in the end we’ll have more points than they will.

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    • Thanks, I needed that. This week I’ve gone from feeling pretty good to OK. Which is darn good for me, considering everything.

      But today I’m not feeling good at all for some reason. And I don’t know why, but I can’t shake it. Sure hope it’s just nerves.
      ~~~

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      • … the championship quality of being able to take an SEC contender’s best shot and, still standing and swinging, counterpunch for the KO.

        Sure hope we see that. It would be an excellent sign, and a learning experience we need.
        ~~~

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  11. Joe Schmoe

    I think this game could represent the next step in the maturation of the program under Richt. Much of our collective anxiety is coming from our historic inconsistency of being mentally prepared for big games like this and laying an egg or two every year. I think that the addition of Priutt (as well as the upgrade of the entire defensive staff) has brought a new level of professionalism to our practice and preparation and I expect that we will see that today.

    We are the better team and will demonstrate that we are now at a stage where we come prepared to play every game. UGA 35 – SC 24

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    • Joe Schmoe

      A couple of other thoughts:

      It seems to me that Larenzo Ward may be to Ellis Johnson what Willie Martinez was to Van Gorder. He was able to sort of hold the defense together for a year based on the strong inherited but the wheels started coming off beyond that.
      Also, no one seems to be making as much of the difficulty of moving to the 3-4 from the 4-3 for USC. As we experienced, it takes several years to reshape the roster to support the new scheme.

      These two factors are major reasons I think we win.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Well said JS. “..the addition of Priutt (as well as the upgrade of the entire defensive staff) has brought a new level of professionalism to our practice and preparation and I expect that we will see that today.”

      The preparation was evident in the clemmons game, although we did have 8 penalties. I’m hoping to see that fundamentally solid team we had in game 1.

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    • I think this game could represent the next step in the maturation of the program under Richt. Much of our collective anxiety is coming from our historic inconsistency of being mentally prepared for big games like this and laying an egg or two every year. I think that the addition of Pruitt (as well as the upgrade of the entire defensive staff) has brought a new level of professionalism to our practice and preparation and I expect that we will see that today.

      Well put, Joe. And thanks. I’ve been telling myself that all week.
      ~~~

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  12. AusDawg85

    We have the eventual Heisman winner…they don’t. Dawgs win 34-24.

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  13. rob10274

    I shall refer to Brendan Douglas as “Truck” for the rest of the year

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  14. Otto

    ECU is making last weeks win for USCe look better. I think this is going to be a slug fest like CMR said. A few big runs early would help get the crowd out of it. Going to be interesting.

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  15. AthensHomerDawg

    Going into the fourth quarter The House that Erk built is trailing the Fishmonger 30-34. GSU put up 20 unanswered point in the 3rd. GO EAGLES… GATA!!!

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  16. Will Trane

    Another poor ass called game by Bobo. And Mason struggling bit time of timing and seeing the field.
    And Spurrier has proved agains he can move the ball on us with QB with those seam routes.

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  17. TXBaller

    Can we get back to reality?
    Bad talent.
    Bad Richt.
    Liberty Bowl.

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    • TXBaller

      You gave up 447 yds…
      Back to the drawing board
      Bad DL & secondary
      Mason pretty good
      No picks in 2 games
      Richt vomits again
      It’s tough guys…I know….eyeore Dawgs now out…..Disney’s go to the back of the bus….same song, different verse.
      AHomer….please give me a video to bring me up.

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  18. Herbert

    If someone told me that we would scored 35pts, have 2 turnovers, and Gurley over 100 yards. Then I say we win handsdown. But sh*t happens. Before last year the team that lost this game was in the SEC championship. That being said if we can get to the SEC championship game hopfully the D will know assignments and play better. The secondary look lost at times. I know they are young but many times looked out of position. Go Dawgs!

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