Keys to a Georgia win over South Carolina

Georgia needs to be able to establish the run against the Gamecocks. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Georgia needs to be able to establish the run against the Gamecocks. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

With the oddsmakers having South Carolina as a 2.5 point favorite over the Dogs, we’re probably looking at “another knockdown dragout in Columbia,” as Mark Richt put it.

In my preseason prediction, I pegged this as a game Georgia likely would lose. But considering how these two teams usually take it down to the wire, I would not be at all surprised to see the Bulldogs eke out another one.

If that happens, these are likely to be five keys to a Georgia win:

1. Running the ball successfully. Not only will this take some of the pressure off Aaron Murray and perhaps keep him from getting too adventurous, it will keep Stephen Garcia, Marcus Lattimore, Alshon Jeffrey and Ace Sanders on the sideline.

2. Pressuring Garcia. The Gamecocks’ offensive line was suspect last year, surrendering a lot of sacks. They looked better last week and Garcia was allowed to stay in the pocket a lot of the time, but that was against Southern Miss. If Justin Houston and company can get into Garcia’s head early, the light might start to flicker again.

3. A.J. Green. Assuming the alleged jersey-selling affair is concluded by the NCAA this week and he gets to play in Columbia, just the mere presence of Green on the field will keep Ellis Johnson from being able to flood the box continually in an attempt to stifle the run and force Murray to make plays. Plus, of course, Green is likely to make a few plays himself.

4. Turnover ratio. The winner of this stat usually has the upper hand in any game, but in a Georgia-South Carolina game it’s often the deciding factor.

5. The kicking game. I have a feeling this game is likely to come down to a clutch field goal late in the fourth quarter. And if that’s the case, having Blair Walsh on Georgia’s sideline is a good feeling.

What else do you think needs to happen for Richt to go 5-0 in Columbia?

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Dawg5150

September 8th, 2010
10:55 am

Say What???

September 8th, 2010
10:57 am

This game is going to be a war, that is for sure. I think the three main keys to a UGA win are being able to establish the running game (which we couldn’t do this past weekend), put constant pressure on Gracia from all sides (keep him wondering where the next hit is coming from), and if at all possible, keep the USC offense off the field.

Old Dawg

September 8th, 2010
10:58 am

I agree on all points. I especially like UGA’s ability to rush the passer. However, Garcia’s scrambling ability and the passes off his movement pose a problem. I’d like to see the Dawgs have a spy to keep Garcia’s running in check.

Obviously, like Dawg fans everywhere, I’d really like to see A.J. Green back. That’s the game-changer UGA needs.

SSIgator

September 8th, 2010
10:59 am

“Keys to a Georgia win over South Carolina”

Getting the keys from the warden to let the rest of the UGA players out.

Dawg Pound

September 8th, 2010
11:00 am

SC’s defense wasn’t too sharp in their opener, but they will be much better than La-La. I think the Dawgs win 21-10.

Dawg Pound

September 8th, 2010
11:01 am

SSIgator – you should be out looking for a center that can snap the ball in the shotgun formation.

vlasic

September 8th, 2010
11:02 am

I just can’t wait to see the UGA players in a giant tickle pile.

JBD

September 8th, 2010
11:03 am

I think establishing the running game is the biggest key. We can’t be a one dimensional team and rely on a redshirt freshman.

BTW, I hate Spurrier. He’s the master of surprise. I won’t be surprised if there’s an on-side kick early in the game. We should definitely expect some tricker-ation from the offense.

baloney

September 8th, 2010
11:03 am

Vote UGA for national champs.

NC Dawg

September 8th, 2010
11:04 am

McDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:05 am

keep it close and pressure Garcia who will make some great plays but in the end will do something stupid and turn the ball over at a key point in the game-dawgs win 17-6

McDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:06 am

Wonderin gif the NCAA will announce the outcome of the Green Inqusition and USC Inquiry at the sametime

Evansdawg

September 8th, 2010
11:06 am

I think you hit the nail on the head, Bill. Another way to put it, ‘refer back to the gameplans for Tech and Texas A&M last season.’

looselinda

September 8th, 2010
11:06 am

UGA will beat those cox.

SSIgator

September 8th, 2010
11:07 am

TallyDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:08 am

We should all wear Mike Pouncey jerseys and snap footballs in random directions until Urban Meyer’s head explodes.

outkasted

September 8th, 2010
11:11 am

thats the key for any team to beat anyone….. run the ball, pressure the quarterback, don’t turn the ball over and play great on special teams…. wow u really said something lol

#1 BAMA FAN

September 8th, 2010
11:11 am

DAWGS….run the ball, it ain’t that heavy. Control the ball (time) and no turnovers. RTR

Georgia Dawg 79

September 8th, 2010
11:14 am

This game scares the hell out of me. I know we CAN win this…..but not so sure if we will. Go Dawgs

clint

September 8th, 2010
11:18 am

When did Marcus Lattimore become Jim f’n Brown? I didn’t know rushing for 50 something yards against Southern Miss qualified you for the Hall Of Fame. Caleb King had a better yards per rush than him and yet just about every UGA was displeased with how he played. I guess if he every gets to 100 yards in a game, the Heisman will automatically be his.

Ferndolin

September 8th, 2010
11:18 am

Get Brandon Smith involved in the offense. He can make things happen.

DawginOH

September 8th, 2010
11:22 am

I agree with you, Bill. If the Dawgs can get the running game going they should win this one. Garcia also looks worse than Joe Cox under pressure so the D will have to bring plenty of it early to prevent him from getting in a groove.

258DAWG

September 8th, 2010
11:24 am

Stop calling screens on 3rd downs, period!!!!!

obvious

September 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Key to winning:

Score more points than they do.

Frank Lane

September 8th, 2010
11:27 am

Shut down Marcus Lattimore. Our passing will be good with or without Green. Our defense will win this game.

dx107

September 8th, 2010
11:27 am

S. Miss made alot of first game mistakes and SC took advantage of half. After watching UGA play hell I am more confident than last week at this time. BRING’em ON!

Dawgs73

September 8th, 2010
11:28 am

I agree with all three keys to the game, but the biggest deciding factor will be penalties. If UGA is to have a chance against USC, they will have to play mistake free against them. The offense was good last week, but committed 4 penatlies which is unacceptable.

I think the D will step up and play well, but the onus will be on Richt/Bobo and the offense.

Chris

September 8th, 2010
11:32 am

We have supposedly the best starting offensive line in the SEC, most veteran, most consecutive starts. Why weren’t we able to blow up Lala’s defensive line and run the ball down their throat? I mean I really liked the way Bobo mixed it up and realized how much I missed Durham last year but I wanted to see more of a game plan similar to Ga Tech last year and run it straight down their throats.
That probably won’t work against SC, have to mix it up but I still think Garcia is a head case. Early on in that Southern Miss game, he was rattled and looked like the Stephen Garcia we all know and love. Get pressure on him from every angle right from the start and he’ll revert to the Papajohn’s Bowl Garcia.

Bull

September 8th, 2010
11:34 am

RIght on with the running game. We have to absolutely pound them with our running game. SC usually has stopped us early in the game every year….so Bobo abandons the run game. We need to get it going early and often.

RxDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:35 am

Carolina is favored? Interesting

sogadog

September 8th, 2010
11:35 am

6. The redshirt freshman quarterback factor. Murray needs to play a solid game, and try not to be a hero. If he avoids throwing interceptions, and makes good decisions Georgia wins. He should be fine.

Rocky Mountain Bulldog

September 8th, 2010
11:36 am

This is going to be a great game. I believe The difference will be the Bulldogs new swarming defense!
The coach with visor really struggled against great D coaches, when he was with the Redskins.

1eyedJack

September 8th, 2010
11:36 am

Run the ball, stop the run, play sound special teams and don’t turn it over equals a gauranteed win.

chilidawg

September 8th, 2010
11:38 am

More penalty-free defense.

#1 BAMA FAN

September 8th, 2010
11:39 am

That’s right 1eyedJack…….that’s the way we roll. RTR

CHDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:40 am

I think the Dawgs are going to win this one by a very healthy margin. The keys mentioned are good, but we have so many weapons and we have great depth on offense (except QB). Green would be a great addition to have on the field, but we have some great receivers even if he can’t play. I hope we see some special offensive packages that utilize some of the talents of our team. If SC can get a lot of turnovers, or they hurt/put tremendous pressure on Murray, or our D falls apart, it may be close, or even a loss. However, if the D plays well, and the O line shows up like they can and should, we should be very hard to stay with on the scoreboard.

RxDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:40 am

As far as your keys go…

1. I’m predicting UGA to have a pretty tough day running the ball. We’ll get some yards, but it probably wont be dominant. Looks like it’s going to take the O-line a few games to gel again. I’d guess something like 150 total rushing yards, a respectable amount.

2. Now this I think we will do well. Carolina’s biggest weakness looks to be their O-line. I think UGA’s D will disrupt a few plays this Sat, and this could be the difference in us winning a close game.

3. I disagree actually. I’m impressed with our WR talent as a whole. It would be great to have AJ back, but I don’t think it’s key to a win.

4. Yep. Last year taught us this lesson.

5. Agreed. I see many FG’s in this game for both sides. Now if we can just get that kickoff coverage thing down..

Looking forward to this great week in football. Go Dawgs!

SEC Commissioners Office

September 8th, 2010
11:40 am

Southern Miss moved the Ball almost at will. I say we’re a little better on Offense than Southern miss. Defense. I think Carolina will be shocked ( Spurrier even made a comment in the Charleston paper this AM) That the Georgia Defense actually advances now rather than backpeddles when the ball is snapped. Carolina will be shocked that our Defense Hits back now. If it’s a close game, I like our Kicker. Dawgs cover.

TallyDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:42 am

AJ is supposedly good to go!!
http://atlanta.sbnation.com/2010/9/7/1675227/report-a-j-green-cleared-tomorrow

A.J. Green will be cleared tomorrow, Thursday p.m. at the latest. The belief is that the one game he has already sat out will function as his 1-game suspension … There are no violations with the party in Miami Beach, there are no violations involving ebay, specifically. He did sell a jersey for $1,000 and has now repaid the money.

SEC Commissioners Office

September 8th, 2010
11:44 am

Ealey makes a big difference this week. King is to tentative and slow to the hole.

RxDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:47 am

“Stop calling screens on 3rd downs, period!!!!!”

Let’s talk some X’s and O’s for a sec. I know it feels like we always call a screen on 3rd and long, but in reality we don’t. However, even when we do it’s a good call in this situation. First, it’s a safe call for a passing play. Second, the idea is to catch your opponent trying to blitz on a 3rd and long play. This is a popular defense for 3rd and long because it doesn’t allow the QB time for his WR’s to get downfield and catch a first down pass.

So what would you rather do 258DAWG? Run the ball? That probably wont get us a first down. Throw it deep? Sure, but you run the risk of a QB sack and/or an INT.

More than likely, the coaches have statistics on what other teams do on each and every 3rd and 10+ yards. If they blitz 60-70% of the time, a screen is the right call.

BMDPD

September 8th, 2010
11:47 am

I hates playin the chickens! Bocka Bocka Bocka Bocka Bock!

shuebedobedo

September 8th, 2010
11:52 am

The only key: Turnovers

CHDawg

September 8th, 2010
11:54 am

One other point: the way SC has played us over the last three years is that they have loaded the box and blitzed a lot, covered us tight, and dared us to throw it. Before you laugh, remember that strategy shut down Stafford and Moreno quite well in ‘07 and ‘08. So, I suspect Johnson has a lot of confidence against Bobo with that plan. The odd thing is that (I guess due to our running problems early last year) we threw it up the field with Cox and had a lot of success. LA LAF stacked against the run on us, and I would expect the same from SC–if we are going to beat them they will force us to do it on Murray’s arm. They will stack the box against the run and put a lot of pressure on Murray. I see Murray ripping them to pieces going up field–he can do it, if Bobo has him ready with the right packages. The strange thing is that SC backed off and played Willie Martinez style D against SM last week. They gave up >400 yds in offense. We have to be ready rollout and scramble–the longer pass plays stay alive the more chance we will destroy the SC “load the box” strategy from ‘07-’09 if they employ it this year.

mambo

September 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

The keys … shutting down Lattimore, keeping Garcia in the pocket, our running game, A. J. Green, our kicking game, Murray’s poise and an attack minded 3-4 defense. Go Dawgs!

Dorsey Hill

September 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

The key is knowing that it’s Garcia and Jeffery that can beat you, not lattimore. In other words don’t stuff the box worriing about their frosh tb. SOS will get impatient. Get a lead and make Garcia make plays under adverse circumstances; both physical and mental pressure.

cadawg

September 8th, 2010
12:20 pm

dorsey hill is dead on. we’re more talented, so the key is being patient and knowing that spurrier will eventually give up on the run.

we need to stay committed to the run, force a couple of turnovers, and let our superior depth and talent shine through in the 4th quarter (just like it always does… against SC anyway).

i like the look of this dawg team. here’s hoping the reports are right and aj is cleared…

tony

September 8th, 2010
12:26 pm

The only concern should be how well Mr Richt manage the game from start to finish.

how to beat spurrier

September 8th, 2010
12:29 pm

1. run the ball.
2. punish the quarterback on every play.
3. punish the wide recievers on every play.

his offense is built on timing and YAC by making the players think or being afraid of getting hit, you throw off their timing…..do that…end of game.

its that simple folks. problem is that with mike bobo and willie we could/can throw all three of these out the window…..let’s home CTG at least institues #2 and 3.

bobo will still be making play calls that defy all common sense.

Gbal

September 8th, 2010
12:30 pm

BILL – Love you man but you didn’t exactly crawl out on a limb here

IF – 1) Establish Run & controll ball/clock &
IF – 2) Pressure opposing QB &
IF – 3) Best receiver on the team is able to play &
IF – 4) Win the turnover battle &
IF – 5) Win the kicking game…..

…… UGA or any team would have a pretty darn good chance of beating anybody else on a Saturday in the SEC… But I’ll take it!!! Win basically every facet of the game and we should win the game !!! While we are at it let’s shut down the running game for SC and I think that would insure the W… Go DAWGS!!!

Delbert D.

September 8th, 2010
12:39 pm

Dorsey Hill –
“make Garcia make plays under adverse circumstances; both physical and mental pressure.”

That is always the case for a QB playing for Steve Spurrier.

robodawg

September 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

I agree with RxDawg in that I don’t think we’ll get a lot of rushing yards, b/c I expect they’ll stack the box. Murray looked good escaping pressure and making some throws on the run, and I think with our receivers he’ll be able to buy some yards for us. But I don’t think we’ll have a huge offensive output. Murray will need to play it safe in 3rd and longs and be content to let Butler punt it deep and play D. This looks like a game where field position will be especially important.

I do think we have a slight edge in this game. As long as we don’t get punished with big plays for being overaggressive, I think our defense will manage well and probably create some turnovers. And Bill is right, this is a game when it feels good to have Blair Walsh on our sideline.

GTDog

September 8th, 2010
12:44 pm

In my vast experience, I have found that the key to winning most football games is to score more points than the other team…If we can just do that, I feel confident in our chances this Saturday.

Gbal

September 8th, 2010
12:45 pm

Press QB + (+2 to’s) = W

Dawg 39

September 8th, 2010
12:48 pm

I think the Dawgs can & will win, but the loser is not out of the SECe Race.
I expect USCe & the Dawgs to be in the hunt all season long.

Not Hard

September 8th, 2010
12:51 pm

Score more points

dawgfacedboy

September 8th, 2010
12:53 pm

D plays smart (limiting stupid penalties) we have a great shot. Murray has to be able to show teams he can make the throws when needed, otherwise teams will stack the box eliminating the running game until he can.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 8th, 2010
12:58 pm

AJ has been cleared to play sat so enough of that.SC has some more offensive weapons this year but their defense is more suspect than I have seen it over the last 4 years.Their OL and DL are both average at best.Most seem to be looking for a close game due to the history of the series but CMR is 7-2 against SC and I see this weekends game as a coming out party for the best offensive football team Mark Richt has ever had at UGA.DAWGS in a rout!!This will be a special season folks!!

MoDawg

September 8th, 2010
12:59 pm

2.5 to the home team is basically a TD, maybe a little less.

I think having a “spy” for Garcia is a good idea. All of our linebackers can run as well, if not better than him, but his scrambling and extending drives is a concern. Also, their size at WR position compared to our 5′10-ish CB raises a concern. I think the 3-4 may confuse Garcia a bit, but their “D” is likely to confuse our young gun, also. If it gets down to a kicking game or field position game, I like our chances. If we can get in Garcia’s head early, I like our chances.

Dawgs by 4.

Cuz

September 8th, 2010
1:02 pm

Establish the run. Sounds great. But how many of you will sit and yell “throw the dang ball” after we are stopped in the second or third series. SC shut down USM’s running game. I know we have better RB’s but our OL did not fill me to the brim with confidence on their opening holes last weekend. The holes were open to get to our RB’s. SC gave up 337 yards passing to USM. I think we have a QB at least as talented and better recievers. Establish the pass. Knock them backwards and then run the ball.

Radical, yes. But I think that and our defense and kicking team will win the game.

neutral observer

September 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

South Carolina will win this game. They have too many weapons for Georgia to stop, and their defense is sound. The only way they lose this game is thru turnovers. If they play the way they played their opener, this game will not be close like in the past. SC by 17

Randy

September 8th, 2010
1:09 pm

Key is defense. Georgia is #2 in the country in pass defense–had 5 pass break ups, and 3 interceptions. Don’t think Spurrier will pass well against Lakatos. See SC-Uconn Bowl game for details. Georgia is #1 in the country in rush defense–14 yards. Don’t see SC, with their O-Line and RB woes, running well against this defense. Defense also forced 3 TO’s last game

Jerry

September 8th, 2010
1:13 pm

If UGA wants to move up in the rankings, got to beat ranked teams like SC.

If UGA wants to move up A BUNCH in the rankings, beat ranked team like SC by a wide scoring margin.

G Cty Dog

September 8th, 2010
1:14 pm

Whoeever wins the 1st quarte, will win the game. Tone setting, momentum 1st qrtrt is key.

BG

September 8th, 2010
1:15 pm

UGA wins baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

September 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

They outgained us 425 to 320 last year. Our new D should knock that down about 100 yards. Their d is good as well. If the over/under is 45 points, take the under.

24-21 is about as high as this one will get. No way we will survive down 14-0 like last year without our home crowd.

Keep the penalties to a minimum and no turnovers. Our talent is better on both sides of the ball. Make Garcia crap his pants a few times early and get up 10-0 and watch Spurrier pull him and play shaw.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

The game may have been somewhat close if we played them with last week’s squad.But when you ad AJ,TK,WE and Sturdivant back into the mix it’s a no brainier….There is not one single area where SC has an advantage.Anybody care to challenge that statement?Hell has SC EVER won a big game?

papadawg

September 8th, 2010
1:20 pm

This game has always been a war. Throw out the records cause it don’t matter. Dawgs 17-14

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

No Clemson doesn’t count.

Cojones

September 8th, 2010
1:22 pm

Dawgs should know this one: What’s the difference between erotic and kinky?

Erotic involves the use of an object similar to a feather. When moved slowly over the body it produces sexual feelings that may culminate in a heightened sexual experience.

Kinky is when you use the whole chicken.

Looks like Georgia will enjoy a kinky experience over Carolina this weekend.

Embarrassed Dawg

September 8th, 2010
1:25 pm

I think this will be a close game and could go either way, but no way do I think SC can manhandle Georgia, even if AJ does not play. UGA is deeper on the OL and has as many or more skilled players. The biggest difference is UGA no longer has the same Defensive Coaches. USC is the same team they have been for the last 5 years under CSS, and will end up 8-4 at best.

Bulldog eating Gator

September 8th, 2010
1:29 pm

SSIgator

September 8th, 2010
10:59 am

“Keys to a Georgia win over South Carolina”

Getting the keys from the warden to let the rest of the UGA players out.

————————————————————————————————————————————————-

SSIgator, it’s true the Bulldogs have had some really stupid legal troubles lately… I’m just as frustrated as the next guy… Now if you don’t mind I’d really like to get back to the Brandon Spikes homemade video… I’m waiting to see if he pokes her eyes out.

Gary

September 8th, 2010
1:30 pm

Not going to happen this year. The team is just not ready. The line did not look good this weekend. Too many broken plays. Running game looked week against a significantly inferior defense. Carolina is ready. They looked prepared.

guy

September 8th, 2010
1:33 pm

the spikes video has a little bit of eye gouging, but mostly just highlight reel of him leveling moreno, and picking off uga qb’s.

overall it’s very tastefully done.

Johnny DangerDawg

September 8th, 2010
1:37 pm

It’s all about the UGA O-line. The talent is there, but they had trouble opening up holes for the running backs in Game One. This is the same problem the Dawgs had for the first half of last season. Fix it!

FayetteDawg

September 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

All good points, Bill and I like your comments RxDawg. SC will stack the box and try to stifle the run game early to put the onus on Murray. If we can stay the course running and keep SC’s defense honest, I think Murray can have a big game–especially with our receivers (AJ or not) and, a position yet to be mentioned, our tight ends. And who knows, maybe our OL from last year’s Tech game will show up–breathing fire, knocking heads, and taking names to allow our TB’s to move the ball well. Do remember that Cordy Glenn and Ben Jones probably weren’t 100% against La-La. I wasn’t that impressed with SC’s linebackers in the Southern Miss game, so if our TB’s can get past the DL, I think we’ll roll on the run game. AJ or not, I say Durham, King, and Charles (maybe Gray, too) make our passing game work, even though SC’s secondary will be tough.

Defensively, we put Garcia in the grass two or three times on their first possession and he melts. Simple as that. And between CTG and Lakatos, it’ll happen. A tough, smash-mouth game, but we take it by 7 or less. Looking forward to Saturday. GO DAWGS!

Bigboy

September 8th, 2010
1:38 pm

SC is a pesky bunch,they go hard at UGA whenever we play them.You would think that they are due a big win every blue moon at least.On the other hand CMR seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder this season and I’ve got a feeling this offense could be electric.On the defensive side of the ball…frankly Grantham was hired for these type of games….750k is a nice chunk of change and games against Spurrier,Petrino and Meyer I can assure you were highlighted when he took over.The guy has something to prove too.Int he end I say we are too talented and hungry to lose this game.It may be tight in the 1st half but I predict UGA to pull away in the second half.

Gamecrocks

September 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

20- 16 Dawgs……I do’nt think we’ll run the ball up and down the field…I still say that if we keep Garcia in the pocket and put preassure on him as well as stuffing the run I thing the offence will muster up just enough points to pull this one out…..I do not think this is any kind of make or break game for the dawgs though…..the top 3 teams in the eastern div will all have at least 1 or maybe 2 losses each

Bulldog eating Gator

September 8th, 2010
1:39 pm

lol “guy” i got nothing for that… Well done my friend.

papadawg

September 8th, 2010
1:42 pm

Going to be steamy hot so whoever has the most fresh bodies will win out. SC is talented but not very deep which will be the difference

74 Dawg

September 8th, 2010
1:46 pm

vlasic, did you mean ‘pickle pile’ ?

GT4EVER

September 8th, 2010
1:50 pm

I’m curious to see what Grantham has when compared to Martinez.If the Georgia defense has really improved they will be tough to beat this year.

Dawg 39

September 8th, 2010
1:53 pm

Why so hard on the Dawgs? I know that going back to last year they S/B 6 & 0 Not 5 & 1 But their last 6 games = 38,31,27,30, 44, & 55.Not too shabby. Now It really Is up to the Defense. The offense will do their part.

how2fish

September 8th, 2010
1:57 pm

I think it will be very close, one thing I did notice in SC’s first game. Gracia liked to put his head down and run into folks..that’s all well and good against USM but I think it could get painful real quick against our D…

JB

September 8th, 2010
2:02 pm

This blog is easy……If Georgia plays and behaves like Dawgs and Carolina plays like Carolina, Georgia wins. We have proved nothing, but Carolina Crowing ( couldn’t resist) about beating Southern Miss is too funny. I thought Carolina looked pretty good, but most, if not all of the starters on Southerns team would have been one and two star players on the Georgia AND Carolina recruiting board.

Murphy

September 8th, 2010
2:05 pm

Bill,
The Dawgs only need to do one thing to win. Play with the same emotion they did in the first game! I believe we have more talent and team speed than S.Carolina. All we need to do is stay on an emotional high on every play!

rural education

September 8th, 2010
2:06 pm

Last year Georgia was outplayed and outgained yards wise by South Carolina. The difference was the special teams play of Georgia. Those of you who think you can just run over them are sadly mistaken. If I am not mistaken, Carolina had the third best defense in the SEC last year behind Alabama and Florida and the game is in Columbia. Food for thought South Carolina has only been favoered to beat Georgia twice in the last 25 years and they won both.

76DAWG

September 8th, 2010
2:09 pm

SC had one glaring weakness against Southern Miss., COVERING THE PASS. If a team like Southern Miss. can get 337 yards against SC, UGA can do much better with the WR and TE they have. If CMR throws the ball 75% of the time it will make SC spread out and the 25 % of the time that UGA runs will be more open for big gains. Take advantage of SC weakness , if nothing else it will get UGA close enough every time down the field so Walsh can do his thing. I can see Walsh making at least 5 field goals in this game and if UGA can score 2 more touchdowns, I think that will be enough to win.

Red Panties Rick

September 8th, 2010
2:14 pm

I have an inside contact at South Carolina who tells me that if the game is close, late, and South Carolina has the ball, that a special play will be utilized – on the snap, each South Carolina player will toss a pair of red panties up into the air. This will distract the Georgia players, thus allowing the SC quarterback to sneak it in and thus win the ballgame….

JB

September 8th, 2010
2:16 pm

ONE more thing 76DAWG……………..Spurrier would rather win this game than any. Clemson, UF………………More than those……He just can’t wait to smirk and say, ” Heck, it’s just Georgia”.
He will press his team and take some chances he wouldn’t normally take, and in big boy football, that usually backfires.

Buck N. Kincaid

September 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

We’re too busy talking about those Braves, and of course, ice hockey season starts next month. Tune in and listen to us schmooze with the Thrasher’s GM.

We might even have time to talk about US Open Tennis and of course Women’s Pro Basketball playoffs.

Who cares about college football? We are the voice of the Thrashers, man.

frankly

September 8th, 2010
2:28 pm

#1 and #4 is it. PERIOD. Forget about everything else. SC’s offense vs the GA defense will be an even battle. They will make some plays and the Dawgs D will make some plays.

If GA wants to win the OL has GOT TO step up so that we can have some success running the ball and obviously not turning the ball over will help your chances.

Drew

September 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Why are all the Dawgs fans running their mouths about USC beating USM? After you just beat Louisiana-Lafayette. That’s kinda the same thing. I don’t know why you would point that out. If anything USC fans are just happy that none of the starters committed turnovers. Oh and Spurrier pulls Garcia, Shaw comes in, and he just so happens to have thrown the only TD pass last week. I don’t really believe that is an upside for UGA.

But, I’m confident Shaw and Garcia will both play at QB and Gilmore will get some time at QB to run the ball.

Say What???

September 8th, 2010
2:35 pm

Rick, come on man! Come up with something new! Maybe something about how UGA will be forced to forfiet because all of the players sold their game jeresies on Ebay…

I know, not great… But it beats the heck out of another “red panties” reference!!!

Bama Fan #2

September 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

Dawgs get if done with kicking game!! Best punter and place kicker in the country combined!! RTR

ozzfest

September 8th, 2010
2:36 pm

Why doesn’t somebody just call the NCAA and ask them?
The number is 317/917-6222.

browndog

September 8th, 2010
2:37 pm

UGA fans are much too confident. Garcia is a different QB from the past and he has some BIG receivers as targets that will give the UGA secondary problems. I think Lattimore is the real deal and provides the balanced attack SC has not had in the past. This game scares me much more than the Arkansas game.

76DAWG

September 8th, 2010
2:45 pm

This game should be taken very serious, Spurrier is a great coach and he knows it.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 8th, 2010
2:46 pm

We’re scared to death. A new qb playing in Columbia. It’s been reported that our “O” is the best in the SEC…..it’s NOT!

Richham

September 8th, 2010
2:51 pm

#2 – Did you watch the game? Garcia was continually under pressure the entire first half. He was erratic at best throwing the football. Tack on several penalties on the offensive line and I really don’t see the huge improvement you alleged.

I agree it’s going to be a close one, but I thought the offensive line played poorly. At least in the first half they did.

I’m sorry Garcia does not scare me at all. Focus on taking away Jeffries and shutting down the run. Lattimore looks solid, but it takes even the great ones a little time to adjust to play in the SEC. Georgia was solid on tackling this past game, that needs to continue with guys wrapping up and flying to the football. Lattimore’s one weakness is holding on to the football. Just like Murray, Lattimore will have to be careful in trying to do too much and turning it over.

dap01

September 8th, 2010
3:02 pm

What a deary life to be a GT fan and spend afternoons on another team’s blog. How sad.

jasont13

September 8th, 2010
3:04 pm

fg924181088

September 8th, 2010
3:11 pm

Georgia looked really good against La La. I love the new defense and the wat that Grantham lost it after they score. I am sure the Rambo will be running for blowing that coverage. USC is not all that good but the daawgs tend to play down to their competition in that game. Georgia wins 17-14

Boca Baby

September 8th, 2010
3:11 pm

USC’s offensive line is paper-thin. They have no depth at all. Grantham will continue to rotate fresh bodies in and eventually it will make the difference, not to mention the 3-4 will blow Garcia’s mind. UGA BIG!!! Count on it.

JM

September 8th, 2010
3:14 pm

SC 27, GA 13

Boca Baby

September 8th, 2010
3:15 pm

JM: Keep dreaming fella. Mark Richt has only lost like 3 games on the road. Never in Columbia.

SecGuy

September 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

From a Bama fan: Georgia’s defense needs to be alert and regroup quickly as SC will use no-huddle a lot. Also, Spurrier has returned to calling the plays this year and that’s the talent that earned him the “Evil Genius” nickname. He focuses his play calling based on the safeties, so Georgia needs to complicate it some by using their safeties to bait him. Good luck to the Dawgs.

CHDawg

September 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

A couple of interesting Spurrier quotes from ABH: “It’s a typical Georgia team: very good and seem to be playing with a lot more fire on defense than they have last year or two…I’m sure if he doesn’t play(Green), there are certain coverages you might use more than others. Other than that, we have to stop their run game. They have other good receivers, too.” Read—stack the box with 7-9, blitz often, and dare Murray to beat you with his arm…Stafford had trouble with it

Bill King is a.............

September 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

Bill,

You are a freaking genius!!!! who would have ever thought of a good running game, good defense, win the turnover ratio and have your best players on the field(AJ)?? Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Einstein!!! Tell me something i dont know. Geez

Hey GTDog

September 8th, 2010
3:18 pm

Hey GTDog that will work assuming your win is not later vacated. :)

258DAWG

September 8th, 2010
3:19 pm

R X Dawg. I’ll talk X’s and O’s with you anytime.
we call a screen over 50% of the time on 3rd and long. the reason it isn’t working is defenses are well aware it’s coming, i’m sure you are too. I think we all can agree that a screen is called due to extra rushers coming on any given down to limit the time a QB would have to scan for options. Yes the most blitzed down is third down, but all im asking is when you know they are blitzing on first and second downs, mix in a few screens there as well. It will keep them more off balanced to when it is coming and maybe it might even work once or twice like they are intended to.
Another bit, UGA has a recent history of having fine TE’s that make big plays down the seam and across the middle on 3rd downs. Also dont forget how difficult it is to cover 10 yard curl routes of 3 + 6′4 WR’s.

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 8th, 2010
3:23 pm

Teams are going to find out real quick that stacking the box and playing AJ and TK straight up is suicide.

SavannahDawg

September 8th, 2010
3:25 pm

Those who doubt are running game weren’t watching the same game I was last weekend. Bobo rarely ran the two tight end set; the one time he did was on 2nd and 15 and we gained 8 yards. Look for the running game to be much better with both tight ends in the game; and our defense is gonna give Garcia fits!! I don’t think this one is going to be close, I think we win big!

Mr. Obvious

September 8th, 2010
3:26 pm

I know I’ll receive some criticism for this post, but THE SINGLE BIGGEST KEY to a Georgia win over South Carolina will be to somehow, someway, score more points. Nothing else really matters. But, as we’ve seen from Georgia the past two years, that’s easier said than done.

Evansdawg

September 8th, 2010
3:26 pm

I see it this way…If Carolina doesn’t win Saturday, they missed the window for the next 3-4 years. This is their best chance. New QB and a wet-behind-the-ears defense will cause some struggles in early SEC play. Its just the way it is. If the Dawgs win, Spurrier is gone after this season. Plus, I will take a team only beating us once every 5 years all the time! ;-)

Mr. Obvious

September 8th, 2010
3:28 pm

I mean, it’s all about the points. Who scores the most points determines the winner in at least 99.999% of the games, if not more, but it is the most overlooked stat in every sport, not just college football.

CPO Dawg

September 8th, 2010
3:31 pm

A lot of good points mentioned. Don`t ever uunderestimate the visor, he will have some plays up his sleeve designed just for the Dawgs, seems like he has a playbook just for them sometimes. I think if the defense can pressure Garcia into enough bad decisions and make him pay for it Spurrier will go to Shaw out of frustration. Those big recievers they have have got to be put in check. If anyone watched the bowl game South Carolina was in lasT year their pass game was shut down by UCONN’s secondary who was coached by UGA`S present DB Coach Lakatos, I`m sure he`s on this. It will be a tight game as usual, but as long as the Dawgs control the line of scrimmage(ON BOTH SIDES) and the defense puts SC`s Offense 3 and out consistently, have minimal if any penalties good things will happen GO DAWGS!!!!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

September 8th, 2010
3:49 pm

Boy…I just don’t get it…we have beaten these guys 7 out of the last 8,30 out of the last 40 and yet folks still worry about SC.I’m more concerned with ARK than SC.There is a sizable gap in talent between the two teams….always have been…this year is no different.

CHDawg

September 8th, 2010
3:58 pm

LHardingDawg

September 8th, 2010
4:04 pm

While I believe most of what I’ve read in this blog about running the ball, defensive pressure, and getting the ball to our wideouts is important. The one most important key to winning this game will be controling the clock. If Georgia keeps the ball for 35 minutes or more, we win. If SC controls the clock with Garcia and Latamore, they win. I would spend the first two quarters running the ball. We may have to punt a few times, but run the ball, make first downs, and win the field position game.

Tide roll

September 8th, 2010
4:17 pm

Here’s the key : Georgia’s over-rated offensive line and their inexcusable failure to sign CAM NEWTON !!!

Minnesota Dawg

September 8th, 2010
4:20 pm

My key to the game is that new defense and it’s coordinator. Hope they come out aggressive and take it to South Carolina. Let’s get back to that good ole fashion Georgia defense that we are known for! Also, establish a good running game to open up Murray for the passing game.

Minnesota Dawg

September 8th, 2010
4:24 pm

GA 31 and SC 21

DAWGMAN

September 8th, 2010
4:28 pm

You go, Obvious! Run the freaking ball. 3,4, and 5 yarders until the SC pre-game meals come a bubbling up. Pound those fine gentlemen.

Truthiness

September 8th, 2010
4:34 pm

SC by at least 10, possibly 14. UGA is becoming a team that plays up to its talent, but it’s not there yet, and such things don’t happen either quickly or by playing opponents such as last week’s. UGA will grow this Saturday into a better team, but the payoff is next year. There’ll be some speedbumps this year, and the first one is just around the corner.

Booby Dudd

September 8th, 2010
4:53 pm

All this talk of we need to do this and we need to do that is a no brainer. The real key to this game comes down to confidence, and not shooting ourselves in the foot. I am very sure of one thing and that is we have an overall superior team to S.C. The crowd will be our greatest threat. Steve wants this game bad, make no mistake about that. He is going to throw everything including the kitchen sink. I believe we will win this game, I also believe we have a team that could win by 2 t.d’s or more it all come down to not dropping 2 or 3 passes, and my hope is the stupid penalties are far, far, behind us. It’s so frustrating when we beat ourselves. We are loaded with play makers. Make the plays dawgs.

Dynamicbigboy

September 8th, 2010
4:59 pm

It amazes me. Lattimore rushes for 57 yards and Ace Sanders has one nice run of 53 yards and they are elevated to ALL EVERTHIN\G. Let’s wait and see a few games before we hand out the HEISMAN.

BAMA STAN

September 8th, 2010
5:01 pm

13 NATIONAL TITLES – 22 SEC TITLES!!!

This will be a great game!!

I am in UGA’s corner on this one – as UGA has the history of winning

IF UGA’s O-Line steps up – UGA will win.
USC will focus on the run – and will tight cover your WR’s / TE’s – as the often do. UGA will need to make some plays in order to make USC change this strategy.

UGA’s defense has got to pressure Garcia.

Should be a great game!

Gamec0ck Pete

September 8th, 2010
5:16 pm

HAHA HA … AJ aint cleared and the Mutts are skeered ! Puppies are going down Saturday ! BANK ON THAT !!!!!

Matty Ice Chernoff

September 8th, 2010
5:18 pm

No AJ & no QB, damn the Dawgs are gonna be hurtin, no woof woof!

TE's

September 8th, 2010
5:21 pm

They purposely keep away from passing to the TE’s the last game. Wait until you see what they have in-store for this week.

Booby Dudd

September 8th, 2010
5:26 pm

Gamec0ck Pete, I know you don’t actually believe what you are saying. The dogs are coming to town my friend and that usually means one in L collumn for the birds

Vote

September 8th, 2010
5:30 pm

AJG just another thUGA!!!! Please stop recruiting these types!

Booby Dudd

September 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

This could be turned for good guys. I think Ealey and some of our other game brakers will have extra gas in the tank and will be playing all day long, all day strong. We don’t need A.J. as much as alot of fans think he is a great player but we have enough talent to reload. We will be fine.

ARdawg

September 8th, 2010
5:52 pm

On offense it’s going to take balance and keeping that fast SC defense spread out and guessing. On defense (I agree with Dorsey 100%) Garcia and Jeffery must be contained, if we lose this game it will be because we didn’t rattle Garcia and he is easily rattled. SO MIss couldn’t get to him. Lattimore is going to be a fine back but this ain’t his break out week. I’m not seeing the high scores and I’m thankful Blair Walsh is a Dawg

RGP

September 8th, 2010
6:11 pm

Does anyone know the outcome of the USC inquiry with the tall USC kid?

Florida Dawg

September 8th, 2010
6:26 pm

Who did AJ sell his jersey too? Who is that person? Their name?

655Dawg

September 8th, 2010
8:06 pm

65 Dawg

September 8th, 2010
7:54 pm
A rule is a rule… something the Georgia players don’t understand and Richt does’t enforce.

Richt should dismiss Green from the team… that would get everyone’s attention. The Dawgs would not miss Green…Kris Durham looks mighty good

Mr. Obvious

September 8th, 2010
9:02 pm

Win the safety battle. Hey, two points is two points.

Billy B. (No, I'm not Bill King)

September 8th, 2010
9:18 pm

Keys to victory:
1. UGA must be NASTY!!
2.GATA on defense.
3.With #8 ineligible, the running game will not be much of a factor. So, Murray must make quick and precise decisions with the ball.
4. Throw to Carlton Thomas in the flats. A #30 sized shake and bake could be worthy of 6 (pending PAT) desperately needed points.
5. Orson Charles must have the game of his life!

Go Dawgs!!

UGA Guy

September 8th, 2010
9:25 pm

dogs will still win, and all these haters will be on the star treck blog.

Billy B. (No, I'm not Bill King)

September 8th, 2010
9:40 pm

Sorry if this double posts. Sent it the first time and it appeared as if the blog machine chewed up my words and digested them without placing my sentiments on the site. So, I’ll try again.

Mr. King,
What’s wrong with CFB? Only 1 thing. The answer ain’t the BCS. Not a bad guess though. The true answer is AGENTS. Will the NFL ever step up and suspend the licenses of men who deprive collegiate athletes of their eligibility?

And, what sanctions should Frank Gore face? Wasn’t Agent Gate 2010 located at his residence? I could be wrong. I ain’t exactly TMZ.

saban

September 8th, 2010
9:46 pm

Hear Richt is having the boys wear red panties and black uniforms.

Dawgs get a new daddy.

Dawg 39

September 8th, 2010
11:39 pm

Dawgs 17 – USCe 13.

Chuck UGA

September 9th, 2010
1:53 am

South Carolina will win this game. This is Spurrier’s best team, and Georgia has too many distractions as well as a general lack of discipline which has been a drag on the program for the last four years. If SC does not turn the ball over as they have multiple times in the past, they will win by double digits. There is a reason they are favored. Vegas is not stupid. Hopefully I am wrong and Ealey runs wild.

Never play the game

September 9th, 2010
7:56 am

Good post Bama #2; BUT our coach didn’t think pressure the punter is a big deal. We gave their coverage team down field “plenty of time” and right in the face of Branden Smith. Those fair catches will frustrate him one of this day, and what?. He will take off when he is not quite sure, then, their goes the rock. Watch the film geneous.

YF

September 9th, 2010
8:11 am

Let’s see who all hates the dog nation now?

1. NCAA Infraction Committee
2. Outback Bowl Selection Committee
3. Clarke County Trash Collectors
4. Clarke County Police
5. BCS Ranking Committee
6. ESPN Game Day Crew
7. Georgia Tech Fans
8. University of Florida Fans
9. Auburn University Fans
10. University of Tennessee Fans
11. South Carolina Fans
12. Clemson Fans
13. ALL Non SEC and most SEC Referees
14. All announcers not named Harry Munston
15. Kirby Smart’s Family
16. That agent that signed Hershal Walker to that USFL deal
17. Mainstream Media
18. Manager of Motel Six in Shreveport
19. Manager of Captain D’s in Shreveport
20. Yellow Fuzz

smart like a Fox

September 9th, 2010
8:38 am

thats a bunch of keys…….maybe if the ncaa sits 15 of their starters we have a chance.

robdawg08

September 9th, 2010
8:39 am

Quick slants to WR King will work. Having Ealey back at RB should be a big factor too. Can’t A.J. Green play if he appeals ?

robdawg08

September 9th, 2010
8:41 am

SC should be favored playing at home. It should be a very close and great game.

robdawg08

September 9th, 2010
8:43 am

Does Bill King ever reply to bloggers or does he just write a blog and never read our replies ?

ddawgdavis

September 9th, 2010
9:16 am

Spurrier and Ellis, you might want to be careful stacking the box on this year’s Offense. Yes, we are without AJ, but I think Richt and Bobo have a plan.

Pago Pago Dawg

September 9th, 2010
9:34 am

No problem, UGA is suppose to have the best “O” line in the SEC.

KnockOut Punch

September 9th, 2010
9:55 am

It’s time for Richt to start knocking out the competition. They’re all woozy, Meyer, Petrino, & Saban always quit on their teams after 5 or 6 years, always. Spurrier’s a 65 year old man, who’s said he plans to retire at 65. He really is the Old Ball Coach.

Richt needs to beat Spurrier soundly enough, that he finally realizes he’s just not going to win against Richt. If Richt beats Spurrier by a large margin, that’s it for Spurrier at South Carolina.

Down goes Spurrier.

Mayo

September 10th, 2010
10:12 am

If I was SC, I’d rather be underdogs in this game. SOS said history didn’t matter in this game. My tail. SC’s history is what it is for a reason.

dawgbites

September 10th, 2010
9:52 pm

All are very good points, but the battle will be beyond the o-line, d-line, and specials. High quality talent on both sides, seems to make it Richt vs. Spurrier. Only this time, it want be unleaded results for a premium price. Thanks to the revamping of the coaching staff, and a better quality one at that. Sound minds and discipline prevail this game. UGA 30- USC 17