The Matchup: No. 12 South Carolina (1-0, 0-0) vs. Georgia (0-1, 0-0)
When: September 10, 2011
Where: Athens, Georgia
Game Time: 4:30 PM
What You Need To Know About South Carolina:
The Gamecocks are rolling into Athens fresh off of a shootout win over ECU 56-37. Steve Spurrier will start Stephen Garcia in this matchup after benching Garcia for Connor Shaw last week. Garcia led the Gamecocks back last week and performed very well.
The Gamecocks can get the early leg up in the Eastern Divisional race with a victory in Athens, but it will not be easy. This Georgia team might not have looked good in week one against Boise State, but you can bet the Bulldogs will try to throw the football all over this South Carolina secondary, the same secondary that gave up 260 yards and four touchdowns through the air a week ago.
South Carolina brings in a dangerous running game and a dangerous defensive line. Both are figured to be in the top of the SEC this season.
What You Need To Know About Georgia
As everyone knows, Georgia was kicked around the park against MWC member Boise State. Boise was more physical than Georgia, and they basically gave it to them all night on offense and defense.
The offensive line right now is really struggling, after giving up six sacks a week ago. The running game, minus Brandon Boykin’s 80-yard touchdown run, was dismal, and Aaron Murray had absolutely no time to sit in the pocket and throw the football.
Head coach Mark Richt’s seat is feeling even a little bit warmer since all the preseason talk, and if he were to start the season 0-2 and lose his first conference game, I’m not sure he will survive the season – quite an interesting storyline entering this week.
I am particularly looking forward to seeing how Georgia’s offensive line holds up against what could be the best defensive line group in the SEC in Devin Taylor, Travian Robertson, Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney.
If Georgia cannot protect Murray like they were unable to last week and if the running game never gets going, it could be a long day at the park for the Georgia fans and crowd.