Might as well start with Matt Hinton’s take:
… Georgia’s defense has betrayed no hints of regressing to the mean, and Spencer Rattler is well below the Mendoza line in both pass efficiency and total QBR. The Gamecocks do have an intriguing weapon in WR Antwane Wells Jr., a decorated FCS transfer who had a breakout afternoon at Arkansas with 189 yards and 1 touchdown on 8 catches …
… but assuming Carolina’s defense isn’t about to transform into an elite unit overnight, it’s going to take a lot more than a couple of highlight-reel plays to make a dent.
And Graham has reviewed SC game tape so I don’t have to.
When South Carolina has the ball it all starts and ends with the offensive line. Last year they couldn’t block Georgia, and I don’t think they will have too much success doing so on Saturday either. The Gamecocks best chance is to bomb it down the sideline and let their WR’s hopefully make a big play or two in the even Ringo doesn’t get his head around.
South Carolina won’t be able to run the ball on Georgia with any consistency.
What the Gamecocks will try to do is run screens and underneath crossing routes. UGA struggled with both of those concepts at times against Oregon. In particular the young LB’s looked lost on some of UGA’s zone coverages. They looked much better defending in those schemes against Samford and I think UGA will be assignment sound on Saturday.
In terms of knowing assignments in pass coverage, the defense showed significant improvement in week two. In terms of generating pressure behind the line of scrimmage, ditto. That doesn’t bode well for a Gamecock offense that’s really going to struggle to avoid becoming one-dimensional.
I know it’s Columbia and on occasion strange things have happened there. That being said, the disparity in Georgia’s favor on both lines of scrimmage make it hard to believe (barring a turnoverfest, of course) a repeat is coming today.
I like the Dawgs to cover the spread. How ’bout you? Have at it in the comments.