ESPN's Dan Orlovsky recalls 2019 South Carolina upset of Georgia, makes pick for this week's game
The last time the South Carolina Gamecocks visited Sanford Stadium in Athens, they pulled off a stunning upset of Georgia.
This weekend, the Gamecocks will again make the trip to Georgia, but the Bulldogs won’t be taking their SEC East foe lightly this time around.
Back in 2019, Dan Orlovsky was on the call with Bob Wischusen and Allison Williams for ESPN. He spoke with The State this week and shared what he thought of the atmosphere that day:
I’d say, number one, that was my first time really in an SEC stadium. As a kid from the North that grew up in the North and really lived in the North a lot, I had never really been in an SEC stadium. I just remember walking to the game, and you hear tons of rumors, like ‘Oh, you know, it’s Athens.’ I was like, ‘Yo, it really is just different,’ which was kind of dope going into the game.
Calling that game, I believe it was the year after (Georgia’s) Rose Bowl with Jake (Fromm) and them, so with Georgia, the expectations were just so outrageously high. I remember going into the game and talking with (Wischusen) and being like, ‘Yo, I don’t think this will be a blowout. I just don’t think that this is an awful matchup for South Carolina.’ I was still somewhat new in my analyst group. I just remember going into the game, I didn’t think it would be an upset, but I didn’t think it was gonna be a blowout.
So, what does Orlovsky think of this weekend’s matchup? He’s predicting a Georgia win, it seems:
I mean, Georgia’s defense is in the conversation for the best in America. So it’s a tall task for South Carolina, but (Georgia’s) offense also has to get going a little bit more consistently, with who’s gonna play at quarterback. Because their defense is so great, they’ll have a chance. And Georgia turned the ball over so much two years ago, so Georgia should be able to handle this game comfortably for sure.
We’ll see if another road upset is in the works for the Gamecocks on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.