A look at UGA’s next opponent: South Carolina


Who: at South Carolina

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: ESPN; 750, 95.5

About South Carolina

Record: 5-0 (3-0 SEC)

Last time played: South Carolina won 45-42 in Athens last season, scoring three touchdowns off Georgia turnovers and another on a fake punt.

On offense: Tailback Marcus Lattimore ran for 358 yards on 64 carries against Georgia the past two seasons, 182 on 37 as a freshman and 176 on 27 last season. He returned this season after missing the final six games last year with a knee injury. … Dual-threat quarterback Connor Shaw, from Flowery Branch, is 12-1 as the Gamecocks’ starter. He has completed 78 percent of his passes (50 of 64) for an average of 142.8 yards per game this season. He completed his final 20 passes against Missouri. He also has averaged 50.8 rushing yards per game.

On defense: The Gamecocks have allowed 11.2 points per game, sixth best among FBS teams, and 77.6 rushing yards per game, seventh best nationally. They rank second in the nation in sacks with 22, including seven vs. Kentucky last week. Their ends, 6-foot-6 Jadeveon Clowney and 6-8 Devin Taylor, have 5.5 and 1.5 sacks, respectively.

On special teams: Senior Adam Yates is 3-for-4 on field goals (long of 38 yards) and, unlike his Georgia counterpart, perfect on extra points (22-for-22).

What you should know: South Carolina has won its past two games against Georgia, its past nine games overall (dating to last season) and its past 11 games against SEC East opponents (dating to 2010). The Gamecocks have never won three in a row against Georgia.

Coach: Steve Spurrier is in his 23rd season as a college head coach (202-75-2) and his eighth at South Carolina (60-35). He has a 14-5 career coaching record vs. Georgia, 3-4 while at South Carolina and 11-1 while at Florida.

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October 2nd, 2012
6:48 pm

Lets get this thing turned around. Go Dawgs!


October 2nd, 2012
7:35 pm

Can’t wait!


October 2nd, 2012
7:56 pm

Can our tackles block their ends? How much help are they going to need thus taking the TE or a RB out of the play? Will our freshmen kickers, RB and tackle hold up in the spotlight? Can we hit Conner?
Can we stop Lattimore? I can’t see them scoring 4 TD’s on turnovers and a fake punt like last year.
If we can block, we can throw down the field. If not, screen pass their butts off and use the delay with our kids. We should be able to do all this for most of the game. No turnovers, we should win.


October 2nd, 2012
8:02 pm


October 2nd, 2012
8:44 pm

Anyone know, did Gurley or Marhsall play for UGA in 2010 or 2011? If not, then 2010 & 2011 is irrelvant because UGA now has 2 guys averaging more yards per carry than Auburn’s QB & RB did in 2010. Marshall is over 8 yards per carry, Gurley is up there too. UGA is averaging 250 yards per game rushing in 2012.

UGA is averaging 300 YARDS EPR GAME RUSHING IN their last 3 games, oh about #4 in the nation.

UGA is also ranked #1 IN the nation YARDS PER CARRY OVER THE LAST 3 GAMES.

UGA didn’t average 540 yards of offense, and score 48 points per game in 2010 or 2011.

Murray wasn’t #3 in the nation in passer rating in 2010 or 2011 like he is now.

This is 2012.


October 2nd, 2012
8:46 pm

UGA is getting no love in the media.

UGA 2012 is beating AUburn 2010 in:
1) total Offense per game
2) scoring epr game
3) defensive poitns per game allowed
4) defense total yards per game allowed

Yet UGA is STILL RANKED #5??????

When Auburn was the ocncensus #1 in 2010?????

DISREPSECT, and South Carolina is going to have to pay for it.

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October 2nd, 2012
9:33 pm

Georgia hasn’t played any ranked teams. That is why they get no respect compared to Auburn’s National Championship team. You have tio earn it.


October 2nd, 2012
9:56 pm

The first decent game (TN) UGA has played was a toss-up. They need to beat SC and FL to get the respect they are looking for.


October 2nd, 2012
11:49 pm

Just go out and stomp a mud hole in the chickens period and nothing else it left to say. Gurley and Marshall step up and get 300, Murry gets his 200 with no turnovers, and jones gets two sacks, defense creates two turnovers. Done, period. Move on!


October 2nd, 2012
11:51 pm

Championship teams execute and rely less on talent. Georgia has always had great talent, with poor execution. Believe in your self, team, and training and play like a champion by executing. Ga wins easily on talent board.


October 3rd, 2012
12:10 am

Should be a good, exciting game. Who’ll win? Heck, nobody knows. I think they’re fairly even, but 28-13 Gamecocks sound about right. BTW, you guys lost last year even with home field.


October 3rd, 2012
12:11 am

…and butter fingers!

sc fan

October 3rd, 2012
5:39 am

before the season I said the ga d was overrated and o underrated. i am a genius. i think the o on both teams gets a dose of reality. 24-21 cocks!

We Run The East

October 3rd, 2012
6:09 am

Sammy- You have fallen into the Kool-Aid bucket. At least get your head up before you drown. The only thing similar between 2010 and 2011 to this year will be a SC win.

Dr Casey

October 3rd, 2012
6:55 am

Blow out Georgia earns respect this weekend

Red & Black 4 life

October 3rd, 2012
7:04 am

Three more days until We right the ship in South Carolina!
This one is going to be one sided, watch and see!


October 3rd, 2012
7:34 am

@Sammy…..what do you mean, dawgs don’t get any respect from media? Do you not read the AJC…..at least three articles daily pointing out exactly what going on with the dawgs. And also, I agree with you that we shouldn’t look at 2010 and 2011 because Gurley and Marshall wasn’t on those teams. Just like none of the current Carolina players were on the Carolina teams of the last 60 years. History is just that…..history.

53½ arrests in four years

October 3rd, 2012
8:08 am

When Georgia plays out of state, do the players’ probation officers travel with them?


October 3rd, 2012
8:13 am

Don’t listen to Spurrier or any other garbage. Just win ! It won’t be easy !


October 3rd, 2012
8:14 am

How do you have a 1/2 arrest ? You are a Moron !


October 3rd, 2012
8:17 am

I don’t care about UGA’s ranking in the middle of the season. You have to win tough games on the road. Running the ball on the road can be tough. You can’t get the o-line off quicik enough.


October 3rd, 2012
8:30 am

The run defense must show up big time this week. The middle of the D has been wide open way to much. Where has big Jenkins been? I know he gets double teamed but he hasn’t really been clogging the middle. That could be a problem with Lattimore and Shaw. Go Dawgs!!


October 3rd, 2012
8:50 am

I agree 100% with LOWCOUNTRY. Talent will only get you so far….. execution is the name of the game.

Wallis the dog

October 3rd, 2012
8:57 am

What is the Steve Spurious record as a player versus Georgia? Four losses. Hey Steve, Bill Stanfill says hello.

ole yeller

October 3rd, 2012
9:14 am

The UGA “D” will play well this week-end. Steve Spurious and the Poltury has not seen a offence this year (2012) like UGA has and will put on the field Staurday. Those two defence’s end “SC” has will see the best “O” line they have seen this season. Trust me they will not go un-checked Saturday.
I’m sure they will make some plays but I doubt they will embaress the “O” line. “SC”on “D” first (7) four (4) down linemen and three (3) linebacker are as good as UGA will see all season,but there is a drop off after that execpt for one “S/C” (Striblin). Should be a great game but DAWGS win by 10.


October 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

The game will be decided by Carolina’s front 4 on defense and Georgia’s 5 offensive linemen.

If our 5 can block their 4, then UGA wins. If USC has to blitz in order to pressure Murray, then UGA wins. If they get to Murray with their front 4, UGA loses – because the turnovers and sacks will kill us.

Gurshall will rule the day, if the O-line blocks USC’s front 4. USC will probably play 5 DBs against UGA’s 3 and 4 receiver sets, paving the way for big rushing yards for UGA.

Just Do It, Dawgs!


October 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Let this stat blow your mind. The firce SC defense has faced the following natioanlly ranked offenses.

#82 Vandy, #90, #97, #98, #100. Is their defense that good? UGA’s offense ranks currently ranks 11th.


October 3rd, 2012
10:31 am

” South Carolina won 45-42 in Athens last season, scoring three touchdowns off Georgia turnovers and another on a fake punt.”

That says it all. PROTECT THE FOOTBALL! …and Georgia Wins.


October 3rd, 2012
10:39 am

SC’s highly ranked defense hasn’t faced a great offense. Our highly ranked offense hasn’t faced a great defense. Which way is it gonna break?

I think this game will be lower scoring than we’ve grown used to this season, but not like those years when we couldn’t score a single touchdown against them. I expect a nailbiter with both teams scoring in the 20s.


October 3rd, 2012
10:53 am

As a die hard dawg fan…..I’m always nervous about SC. Always a good game. Here’s praying the D shows up to slow down ML and Shaw, and the big O runs good, passes better, and holds onto the ball! As long as we win…..don’t care what the score is. GOOO DAWGS!!!


October 3rd, 2012
10:54 am

Has SC ever beaten UGA 3 in a row?


October 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

RinggoldDawg makes a good point about offenses.

The total defense numbers for those teams play right in line with the scores the gamecocks are putting up. Lower scores against Vandy and Missouri (#28 and #30) and higher against Kentucky, East Carolina and UAB (#62, #73, #90).

But what about the Dogs? Have they played anyone of note that USC hasn’t?

My point is that it is really too early to make any meaningful guess about how good USC or UGA is based on the opponents they have played. Take common opponents for example — UGA destroys Vandy, USC steals a victory away from them. USC destroys Missouri, UGA pulls away in the 4th.

The difference in between these games is the number of weapons we have. UGA is just more talented and more balanced. USC will not be able to stop UGA from scoring the whole game. UGA will slow down Carolina in the second half. The difference in this game will be scoring in the second half…not yards, scoring.

Prediction 45-28 UGA wins.

But then again, what the heck do I know. I have picked the dogs to win every game so far. :-)


October 3rd, 2012
10:56 am

Stuff the run and make Conner Shaw beat us! On offense, spread the field with an early pass game and make room for Gurley and Marshall. We cannot put the game in the hands of our kicker, so we need TDs!


October 3rd, 2012
11:01 am

Going back to the late 70s, this had been a rivalry game. Remember George Rogers? the fire ants? Tanneyhill and Ben Bennett? The fumble at the one with the clock winding down? It will be a dog, no a Dawg fight indeed.

Rick James

October 3rd, 2012
11:11 am

Where’s GT Bob?

Rick James

October 3rd, 2012
11:16 am


Going back to the late 70s, this had been a rivalry game. Remember George Rogers? the fire ants? Tanneyhill and Ben Bennett? The fumble at the one with the clock winding down? It will be a dog, no a Dawg fight indeed
I do remember Ben Bennet..From when he played quaterback for Spurrier at Duke.Not South Carolina.

The Bitch Is Back

October 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

Shaw looked pretty good against KY (jelly) last week.

The Bitch Is Back

October 3rd, 2012
11:18 am

James (The Idiot) Jackson was the player who dropped the ball with time still on the clock in 1986.


October 3rd, 2012
11:21 am

SC sure does have some star power with Lattimore and Clowney. Hope we don’t let either of those two beat us.


October 3rd, 2012
11:22 am

Rick James, you are right…… I meant Brandon Bennett


October 3rd, 2012
11:23 am

I’m not sure; but isn’t CMR’s record on the road better than at home?


October 3rd, 2012
11:26 am

Since some folks are making predictions, here’s mine. Georgia’s defense shows up in Columbia, especially in the second half. Murray minimizes his turnovers, the Dogs freshman RB’s find some big holes, the O Line has just enough to open some holes and block some Cocks, Georgia’s receivers make enough plays to get them through, and the special teams barely hang on. Georgia 34-28 over the Gamecocks.


October 3rd, 2012
11:27 am

@SethEmerson: Breaking: Georgia WR Michael Bennett tore his ACL yesterday and is out for the rest of the season, per UGA.


October 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

PLEASE, stay aggressive Bobo..from start to finish.


October 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Terrible that happened to any of our players but Bennett is one of those guys that just seemed to always come through in the clutch for us. Hope he recovers fully. As a silver lining; I wonder if that means we might be able to keep him an extra year for a medical red-shirt. He’s going to be Hell in the NFL.


October 3rd, 2012
12:21 pm

Read about MB’s injury. Terrible news. Great kid and player for GA. Wish him a speedy and complete recovery. Big blow to the dawgs receiving corps. Might add some fire to the dawgs O, win this one for MB!!!

Moon River

October 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Gonna miss Bennett – good guy


October 3rd, 2012
1:14 pm

What a shame about Michael Bennett…. Hopefully the other receivers can pick it up
GO DAWGS !!!!!


October 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

Hte to hear that about MB82. But thats a part of football. That’s why we recruit more than 1 great player at each position. We should still be talented enough. This isn’t an excuse for us, we should still win Sat.