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Trash

I’d say, stay classy, ‘Cock fans, except I expect I’d be wasting bandwidth.

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He broke it up! He broke it up!

Watch Jamyest Williams’ gesture immediately after Hardman makes his touchdown catch.

Nah, I don’t think so, my man.

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Another South Carolina thought

Assuming Georgia doesn’t let the turnover margin battle get away from it, I have a hard time seeing how South Carolina pulls off the win tomorrow.

As I posted yesterday, though, I have to be convinced about whether the home team can cover a rather sizeable 24.5-point spread.  Smart’s impose your will approach combined with Muschamp’s get the opponent to play down to your level approach (I don’t mean that disrespectfully; instead, it’s a reference to how well his team has done so far without having a talent advantage over most of its opposition this season) makes me think points will be somewhat hard to come by on the day.

That being said, if the Dawgs do break through and cover — keep in mind they’ve won every game since Notre Dame by 25 or more points — it’ll be because of one advantage they have over the Gamecocks, explosive plays.

Georgia is third in the nation in runs of 20 or more yards with 28. That trails only Arizona and Notre Dame, according to cfbstats.com.

The Bulldogs had just 15 runs of 20 or more yards In 2016, tied for 86th.

“It’s great,” Chubb said this week. “Those guys are doing a great job up front of just opening it up for us. After that, you’ve just got to make the guys miss.”

Chubb has 11 runs of 20 or more yards in only eight games after having seven all of last season…

Smart earlier this season spoke of explosive runs, saying Georgia tries “to get as many 12-yard runs as we can.”

Georgia produced seven of those against the Gators Saturday including touchdown runs of 74 and 45 yards from Michel and 39 from Holyfield that the sophomore earned.

Head to head, consider that:

Part of the secret to generating explosive runs is taking advantage of the numbers game when teams load the box, leaving the second level relatively short of defenders when a running back breaks through the line of scrimmage.  Can the South Carolina defense keep Georgia’s backs in check?

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Friday morning buffet

Clearing out the GTP kitchen…

  • Here’s a review of what Coach Pittman has cobbled together to make a functional offensive line, something most of us labeled the team’s biggest question mark going into the season.
  • “We’re all in the plagiarism business, as far as plays.”
  • McElwain is gone and Malik Zaire has been tabbed as the Gators’ starting quarterback.
  • Jake Bentley’s a flopper and that’s cool with his head coach.
  • Here’s a list of the top 10 Georgia performers this season, as graded by PFF’s college overall game grades.
  • Here’s another example of how amazing it is that Jay Jacobs is still gainfully employed as Auburn’s athletic director.
  • If you believe Pat Dooley, Georgia did the Florida athletic department a favor by whipping some Gator ass last weekend.
  • “I’m Ernie Johnson, University of Georgia. Number one in the nation.”

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“It’s a great opportunity for us just to show that we’re a pretty good team.”

A few more random thoughts on South Carolina:

  • From Josh Kendall“The Bulldogs are the first ranked opponent South Carolina has played this season. The Gamecocks’ four SEC wins have come against teams with a combined 1-18 conference record.”  Now, all you can do is play who’s on your schedule, so no denigration intended, but it does make it harder to analyze SC’s quality at 6-2.  Georgia, by comparison, has played two ranked squads in Notre Dame and Mississippi State.
  • Bill Connelly’s advanced stats back that disparity up further.  The range of the Gamecock’s opponents’ S&P+ rankings runs from 35 to 103, with six higher than seventy;  Georgia’s runs from 9 to 103, with three above seventy.
  • “With Georgia running a pro-style offense, the Gamecock defense will most likely be in more of a 4-3 formation…”  Maybe so, but the chess match is still going to come down to what Muschamp does with his safeties.
  • We may want to keep an eye on Dante Sawyer, though.
  • Going back to Bill’s percentile performances, note that S. Carolina is 2-2 in its four games with performances under 50%, including that win over NC State.  That’s a sign of two things to me, good coaching and a little good luck.  Also noteworthy is that the ‘Cocks haven’t been blown out in either of their two losses, one by ten points and the other by a touchdown.
  • Before he went out with his injury, Deebo Samuel might have been the most valuable player to his team in the SEC, but South Carolina’s done alright in his absence, going 4-1.
  • Common opponents:  Tennessee (UGA 41-0; SC 15-9); Vanderbilt (UGA 45-14; SC 34-27); Missouri (UGA 53-28; SC 31-13).

All in all, this South Carolina team takes me back to what Muschamp did in his second season at Florida, albeit with much less talent.  Those Gators were offensively challenged (12th in total offense in the conference), but rode their defense and turnover margin to a great season.

No, I don’t think there’s enough in Columbia to come down to Athens and grab a win, but I do think Muschamp’s done a good job of keeping his team in games all season long.  I’ve confidently picked Georgia to cover its last three conference games, but I’m not so sure the Dawgs will take South Carolina by 25.

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First South Carolina observation

My standing caveat about game predictions is the effect of turnovers.  Usually that’s just a routine genuflection on my part, but it might be worth keeping an eye on Saturday.

South Carolina is +8 in turnover margin.  That’s second-best in the conference.  (In conference games only, the ‘Cocks are first in that category.)  Further, Jake Bentley hasn’t thrown an interception in his past four games, a streak up to 136 pass attempts.

The Dawgs have been a little fortunate this season in that they’ve comfortably survived the two games in which they generated negative turnover margins.  Bill Connelly’s analysis shows them minus-1.09 points per game in turnover luck, which seems a little surprising for an 8-0 team.  (Alabama’s, for instance, is +2.31 ppg.  South Carolina’s, by the way, is almost as good at +1.99 ppg.)

In short, this week, take my caveat seriously.

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BREAKING: South Carolina’s not-so-secret game plan for beating Georgia

Sure, everybody’s talked about stopping the run to win against Georgia, but it’s Will Muschamp who’s got the secret victory sauce.

From the looks of Javon Kinlaw’s Twitter account, South Carolina’s defensive game plan for Saturday’s showdown with No. 2 Georgia already has been completely installed.

“Brush your teeth physical this week,” the Gamecocks sophomore defensive tackle posted on his social media account Tuesday.

Kinlaw put the statement in quotes, indicating he had heard it from someone this week. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp wouldn’t confess to being that someone, but it sounds like the kind of thing Muschamp would say, especially with his team on the verge of playing one of the country’s most bruising running games.

“You’ve got to have a physical mindset in this ballgame,” Muschamp said. “You’ve got to understand that part of it. Everything you do, you be physical. So I appreciate him listening well.”

Evidently the rest of the SEC, as well as Notre Dame, has failed to pick on that.  It’s not enough to object to Georgia running the ball.  You’ve got to strenuously object.

A stat from Georgia’s last game:

4 Rushing TDs were scored by Georgia in its 42-7 victory over Florida on Saturday — the same number of rushing TDs that the Gators had given up in their first six games of the season. On Saturday, Sony Michel scored on runs of 74 and 45 yards, Elijah Holyfield scored on a 39-yard run and Nick Chubb scored on a 6-yard run for Georgia. The Bulldogs’ 292 rushing yards more than doubled the 143.3 per game that Florida averaged yielding in its first six games.

South Carolina’s already given up eight rushing touchdowns, so they probably won’t match the Gators’ futility in that department.  The ‘Cocks do rank higher than UF in rushing defense going into the game; then again, playing Georgia can wreck a defense’s stats.

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