Hands-down on of the most thrilling and anticipated rivalry in the SEC East is No. 6 Georgia (1-0) v. No. 24 South Carolina (1-1). If you don’t understand the history behind Steve Spurrier and his detest for the Georgia Bulldogs then make sure to go here. And if you need a refresher of last years game feel free to go here.
Williams-Brice Stadium packs in the BOOM:
Many young Dawgs will be facing a road trip across state lines into Columbia to Williams-Brice Stadium. The stadium is everything but Dawg friendly. The last visit for UGA resulted in a 35-7 disaster. It was ugly, shameful, and left a lasting impression. The Garnet and Black fans will be out in full force for the SEC powerhouse classic.
Injuries and Adjustments:
As of Wednesday, the chance of seeing Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Jonathan Rumph is less likely than seeing Spurrier’s visor remain attached to his head for the entire game. As Mitchell, Scott-Wesley and Rumph remain on the Georgia sidelines, the wide receiver roll will be shuffled over to senior WR Michael Bennett and Chris Conley. Many true freshmen will have the opportunity and can anticipate more looks from QB Hutson Mason against the Gamecocks.
Week three brings a few new Georgia players into the spotlight. Georgia center, David Andrew, told ESPN,”Load the box. I dare anyone to do it.” Rarely, do centers get the attention, but as Andrews will probably tell you, he is ready to stop anyone from interfering with Mason’s call.
Isaiah McKenzie, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and Jay Rome look to impress and help the Dawgs break a 20-year record of low scoring games.
Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall will contribute heavily on the ground but they will have to be aware of the heighten South Carolina defensive waiting for them. Everyone knows Georgia is going to run the ball. It worked against the Gamecocks’ state rival, Clemson, but strategy will be crucial in mixing up the pass and run game. Keeping the Gamecocks on their toes should be the motto for the Dawgs come Saturday.
No matter who Georgia has in the QB slot, historically, UGA does not produce high numbers against South Carolina. Former QB Aaron Murray held multiple passing records and he could not break the low scoring barricade. Columbia has been a problem for Georgia’s passing game, to say the least, but this year, it has to change.
Mason will have to find his receivers down field in addition to dumping off the back to his running backs. Georgia’s run game is strong and South Carolina will be looking to stuff the run at the line of scrimmage if possible.
This will be Mason’s first time in Williams-Brice Stadium. He will have to perform under conditions he has yet to experience but he will do whatever it take to have UGA walk out the victor.
Richt’s impression of the game:
The history for Mark Richt and South Carolina is a long-standing battle. Both teams belong to the Eastern division of the SEC and beat-downs come in the form of anxiety ridden quarters. Richt was quoted telling ESPN it will be a “bloody” game. Without a doubt it will be a battle, but not one that Richt isn’t accustomed to when in Columbia.