Is there anything more anticipated than the Georgia-South Carolina game week? Ok, maybe a few things but this week is always a huge one for the Georgia faithful.
The undefeated Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will take on Steve Spurrier, his sun visor, and the Gamecocks Saturday night in Athens. The game promises to be an intense match up likely featuring Georgia’s running game and no nonsense defense. That being said, with Spurrier on the opposing sideline anything is possible. Georgia will enter into Saturday’s contest as the favorite, but the Dawgs will not rest on the opinions of others. Georgia continues to clash with the Gamecocks every meeting. Just last season, Georgia lost a heartbreaker in Columbia 38-35. This week, Georgia also returns home after a very rocky win over Vanderbilt, 31-14.
As Dawgs fans look ahead to game day, here are the keys for a Georgia victory:
Solid passing game and converting on 3rd downs:
Gaining their first SEC win of the 2015 season, Georgia’s performance was totally unbalanced. Greyson Lambert started for the Dawgs and had a rough two series leading up to the 77-yard punt return by Isaiah McKenzie. Lambert regained some composure but not enough to keep Richt from allowing Brice Ramsey a few reps in the backfield. Regardless of who starts at QB– more than likely will be Lambert again– making smart decisions and converting will be key. Georgia has an extremely talented running game, but some games eventually come down to the long ball. Last week, Georgia did attempt a few against Vanderbilt but will need to improve in their deep passing game.
Continue to feed the beast:
Nick Chubb will be attempting to complete his 11th game with 100-yards or more this Saturday. Chubb has the agility, speed, and strength to take care of business. His job will be breaking through the line and cutting towards the outside to provide the Dawgs with great ground numbers. He won’t be alone however.Look for McKenzie and Sony Michel to help shoulder the load.
Taking back the rivalry:
To say the past few years have got away the from the Dawgs is putting it lightly. Georgia has come up short 4 out of the last 5 times in this match up (2010-2014). Georgia will go up against an unranked South Carolina squad who will be without their staring QB, Conner Mitch, who suffered a shoulder injury. The Gamecocks will turn to former walk-on, Perry Orth, as their stating man against the Dawgs. Taking a win from the Gamecocks seems attainable considering the current state of the Gamecocks. However, this is Georgia’s chance to put a nail in coffin South Carolina’s SEC Championship hopes. It won’t be easy though.
Georgia will need to be on their grind the entire game. Spurrier seems to love to find ways to dash Georgia’s hopes. He has the most wins (16) over Georgia between his time at USC and UF. This year, he is in a interesting position with one SEC loss and a backup QB starting Between the Hedges. With that, he is bound to take his game plan to another level against the Dawgs.
Keep your eyes open, Georgia. Spurrier is coming to Athens.