Which reminds me… I wonder what this guy’s up to these days.
Anyway, I’m not sure there’s much great insight to add at this point. Georgia’s injury situation is essentially unchanged, which means there are areas on the defensive side of the ball for Mike Bobo to exploit. I have a feeling we’re gonna be sad there’s no Jordan Davis out there to slow down the second-leading rusher in the conference.
Plus, another week of Monty Rice gutting out his foot injury means the underneath passing game is ripe for testing. Do Kirby and Lanning wait until midway through the second half to adjust? Your guess is as good as mine.
This is what really makes me nervous, though.
It’s been a while since Georgia’s had to deal with a quarterback who’s a true running threat.
So, that’s three areas of vulnerability and a competent offensive coordinator. In other words, I expect Bobo to try to do what Leach did — control the clock, churn yardage, avoid mistakes and score to minimize Georgia’s opportunities to take over the game and make South Carolina’s offense one-dimensional.
The good news is that I expect he’ll be as successful but no better, at best, with the potential to be quite a bit worse. For one thing, it’ll be a surprise if any quarterback who starts for SC is as good as Will Rogers was (not that Bobo is likely to call for 50+ pass attempts in the first place). For another, the Gamecocks have a worse pass defense than does MSU, and that’s before accounting for their two starting quarterbacks having taken a powder to prep for the NFL after Boom’s dismissal.
All of which is to say I’m not counting on Georgia covering the 21.5-point spread tonight (would Smart do that to his buddy Bobo?), but I do think they’ll be able to score as they need to and come away with a more comfortable win than last week’s.
Your thoughts and observations are welcomed in the comments, as always.