I almost hate to come off like this, but this game isn’t destined to be a nail biter. Georgia seal clubbed UAB 56-7. Sagarin rates South Carolina as being roughly four points better than the Blazers; even after last week, SP+ ranks UAB two spots higher than the ‘Cocks; FEI has UAB ranked lower, but both teams are underwater.
In other words, barring a repeat of Jake Fromm’s miserable day two seasons ago, it shouldn’t be close.
I do think Carolina is going to come out and make Georgia try to beat them with the run by following Clemson’s strategy in the opener, so I don’t expect an early pinball effect on the scoreboard. But I don’t expect that South Carolina’s defense is going to remind anyone of Clemson’s, either.
There’s also no reason to believe that the ‘Cocks are going to succeed offensively when Clemson couldn’t.
So, it’ll take longer to get there, but I do think the Dawgs wind up covering. Look for lots of opportunities for the backups on defense and the offensive line in the second half. (Carson Beck, too.) Just stay healthy, Dawgs.
Have at it in the comments, peeps.