The Georgia Bulldogs desperately need a victory this Saturday and they are 3.5 favorites over South Carolina late Friday September 6. Members of both team must feel like they’ve lost so much after last weekend’s games. After being hyped up by the media all summer long, college football analysts couldn’t wait to ridicule Jadeveon Clowney. Now Clowney has a chance to redeem himself on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Georgia on ESPN.
Is the demise of Georgia’s football program greatly exaggerated? Or are they really on the cusp of losing everything they worked so hard to achieve? In reality, the Bulldogs were three points away from tying Clemson in regulation. Those points disappeared with the botched snap for a chip shot field goal attempt.
While Clemson played well defensively, South Carolina is on another level. Even in what people deem a bad performance, South Carolina only gave up 10 points to a wonderful North Carolina offense.
On Saturday Georgia will challenge the Gamecocks physically up front. The running game led by Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall should be prominent all day long. It will be interesting to see if Georgia runs at Clowney or strays away from his area. Whatever their game plan turns out to be, they’ll have to slow down the Gamecock pass rush.
We’ve all heard the numbers about Aaron Murray’s struggles against ranked teams, but he was picked as the first team All-SEC quarterback. There are no excuses for the senior signal caller. He will either get it done, or he will lose. It’s not about the yards or touchdowns. It’s about earning wins, and they must commence now.
A Georgia loss doesn’t seal the fate of the entire season, but it will be more than disappointing if a top 10 team falls to (0-2).
South Carolina’s offense was much better than advertised in the first game. They hit two big plays for touchdowns and they got the tough running yards inside. Mike Davis averages 9.6 yards per carry. That does not bode well for Georgia.
The Verdict: To see South Carolina up close and personal, you’d be very impressed with their speed on both sides of the ball. Every time it looks like huge running lanes, a Gamecocks’ player arrives just in time. Todd Gurley has to have a remarkable game on Saturday. Still, it will not be enough in the end.