Keys To The South Carolina vs Georgia Game

Keys To The South Carolina vs Georgia Game

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With one game played for each school, it’s difficult to tell the personalities of these two teams. UGA looked lost and confused against the smaller, more active Boise State in the Georgia Dome and Carolina looked very mediocre in the 1st half against East Carolina before putting in Stephen Garcia and pulling away late.

Which teams will show up?

For UGA, this is a must win game. Period. End of sentence. Head Coach Mark Richt has to get the Dawgs fired up to play for something. Maybe he will post his resume on the locker room door to get his players motivated.

Last week’s “Debacle in the Dome” was costly as Georgia lost its hard-hitting inside LB Alec Ogletree for 6 weeks due to a broken bone in his foot. Left Guard Kenarious Gates was injured as well but is expected to suit up Saturday. Starting RB Richard Samuel was obviously not 100% and looked as if he reinjured his left quadriceps.

South Carolina enters pretty healthy after playing its first game. It returns all players including an All-SEC CB. Carolina’s Defensive line is stacked across the line with two very active pass rushers. Aaron Murray was sacked six times last week and he will need to be on his toes again this week. All-World #1 recruit in the Nation Jadeveon Clowney will look to make a statement in his 1st SEC start. QB Stephen Garcia will be the starter and hopes to continue his hot play from last week. Last year, Marcus Lattimore ran wild through the UGA defense and after watching Boise State’s OL man-handle John Jenkins and company last week, it will be a tall order to contain Lattimore this week.

If – and that is a big if – UGA’s front three can get pressure on Garcia, he is prone to panic and throw some interceptions. UGA had zero sacks last week. Any pressure will help the UGA secondary deal with Alshon Jeffery. He is a big, physical receiver who can change a game in a hurry. He will be sure to get double-teams and draw a safety who could be supporting the run vs. Lattimore.

UGA Keys of the Game:

  1. Get pressure on Garcia. Make him move his feet and help the secondary with Jeffery.
  2. Contain Garcia. Once he is out of the pocket, he is an able runner and can make plays with his feet.
  3. Run the darn ball. OC Mike Bobo didn’t utilize the Power I formation very much last week. UGA seemed to have success running behind a 270lbs fullback. Run at the Carolina pass rush to negate their speed up the field.
  4. Get the ball to your most dangerous players in space. Brandon Boykin’s 80 yard run was the only time he touched the ball on offense. Hmmm…maybe give it to him twice a game?
  5. Do something good early. This team has talent but also a “here we go again” complex. A TD early would help both sides of the ball.

Carolina Keys of the Game:

  1. Score early. It’s hard to believe the Sanford Stadium crowd is going to be very forgiving after last week and the “Boo Birds” will come out.
  2. Lattimore left, Lattimore right, Lattimore up the middle. Last year’s game in Columbia gave insight to Spurrier’s tactics. Run a play until the defense proves they can stop it. I see no reason for that to change this year.
  3. Stay balanced. Make UGA respect the pass as well as the run. Keeps UGA from loading the box to stop Lattimore and makes them very vulnerable to the deep ball and Alshon Jeffery.
  4. Take advantage of several freshman and back ups. ILB Alec Ogletree’s back up is a senior walk-on and LG Dallas Lee is a Freshman. Don’t think Spurrier won’t attempt to exploit these chinks in the armor.

As to a prediction, it is always hard to say how the first conference game will play out. I think UGA’s defense matches up more favorably against Carolina then Boise State’s quick paced, no-huddle offense. It will be a war up front on both sides of the ball. Based on that, I just don’t see UGA being able to compete for 4 quarters.

The game is being played at 4:30pm in what is sure to be 100F temps. We will see if the off-season conditioning program will pay benefits.

I do expect to see OC Mike Bobo back down on the side-line calling plays and that should alleviate some of the confusion on the offense.  Todd Grantham’s defense had better be ready for a strong dose of smash mouth football.

In the end I think Spurrier does what he has to win and keeps the Gamecocks rolling towards a SEC East title.

Prediction: USC 34 – UGA 14

 





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Comments 9

  1. I would add one thing to the UGA offense – they need to utilize the screen play. Carolina is fast, but they sometimes are impatient and over play the ball, and you can expect a freshman like clowney to do some of that. But I don’t think UGA can score enough points to beat Carolina. They are too dependent upon the run and that is something that Carolina defends well. Look at the two Auburn games last year. Both times Auburn put up yards, but they were much more sucessful when they aired the ball out. UGA should use screens to keep the DE’s and DT’s honest and then go deep to recievers. I say all this as a Gamecock fan, who is looking forward to them not doing this and instead running the ball up the middle and getting sacked on 3rd and long. And yes, Lattimore Lattimore, but I think you will see much more Ace Sanders this game

  2. ADB
    Commented : 3 years ago

    If Georgia depends on the run they are in big trouble. Considering outside of the 80 yard run by Boykin they had 34 yards rushing the whole game against Boise. I don’t think they should be relying on the run..Just saying?!

    Bobo announces they are sticking with the no-huddle confusion they tried last game. It reminds me of the movie “Saving Private Ryan”. On D-Day one man was asked…. is it working? To which he replied “Hell No but it’s all we practiced”.

    Georgia recruits toward the top every year. (so we’re told) Where does Boise shake out? Exactly. It comes down to putting a product on the field. They don’t have to win every game? The balls going to bounce the other way occasionally. However , one of the highest payed coaching staff’s in football combined with the best recruits shouldn’t equal confusion and half-ass execution. So which is it? The coaching or the players aren’t really top?

  3. Its just plain coaching… I think USC is a better team, but not by that much. UGA has the talent to make this happen, however, when you only get your most versatile player (Boykins) once, your asking to be out coached. Run up the gut, behind that fullback… flip it out to the flats behind a screen, and the recievers need to catch. Murray didn’t look that great against Boise, however, he did throw some balls that were clearly catchable. Spurrier’s just goin to out coach Richt.

  4. Clearly the most important thing is for South Carolina to not get so caught up in laughing at the Georgia uniforms that they fall off their game plan.

    • You can dress ugly only if you are going to play good. The only reason that Oregon got away with it for so long, is that they started playing better. But if you lay an egg and have ugly uniforms, then life just starts to suck

  5. ADB
    Commented : 3 years ago

    Hey just so the correct information is out there for William and whoever else needs to be updated.

    THE UNIFORMS UGA WORE FOR THE BOISE GAME WAS A ONE TIME DEAL. OKAY!! HOLY COW CAN WE AT LEAST GET THAT RIGHT? THEY WILL BE IN THEIR TRADITIONAL UNIFORMS HERE ON OUT!

  6. South Carolina 35 Georgia 24. Lattimore rushes for 175+ yards

  7. Getting rid of Mike Bobo that’s the key to all of Georgia’s games!!!!!!!!!!