Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Early thoughts on the Gamecocks vs Georgia game
It's been 13 years since Georgia started the season with a losing record and this is the first time since Mark Richt took over that UGa had a losing record for the season, at any point during the season. So trust me when I say...Georgia will be fired up against the Gamecocks! USC will try to open a season with back-to-back road wins for the first time.
The Gamecocks-Dawgs game means a lot more to Georgia, coming off a loss at Oklahoma State. Undefeated South Carolina — 1-0 thanks to a 14-yard touchdown drive in a 7-3 win at N.C. State — can stay at least close with its speedy defense because the USC offense has much to improve on this week too.
Like the Gamecocks, the Bulldogs scored a quick early touchdown and didn't get into the end zone again in a 24-10 loss at No. 9 Oklahoma State. Joe Cox struggled at times in his first game as No. 1 quarterback, and Georgia had trouble getting the ball to Summerville native A.J. Green. Georgia did not seem balanced in their offensive attack which I feel hurt Cox as he seemed pressed. Oh, in a close game between good teams the turnover battle and special teams are usually the deciding factors. Well, for UGa 3 TO's and some questionable special teams play proved to hurt them.
The Gamecocks Defense must be ready for Joe Cox to throw more. I do not see UGa trying to be a run-it-up-the-gut team this week. They will try to get the ball to their playmakers - AJ Green and others. So I feel this week will be a much greater test for the USC secondary. They must be ready to knock down passes and not try to be a hero. Also USC will have to tackle and wrap-up this week. UGa has good players and I feel is better than NC State. So like most games in the SEC and most games for USC - defense is key.
Offense for S Carolina can only get better. I think Spurrier will try to air it out more as noted in the article, seems the pass will be a larger part (as it should) vs. the dawgs. USC's run-pass ratio in the opener was nearly 2-to-1, with the Gamecocks running 42 times and attempting 22 passes. I expect more 1 to 1 this week.
I still feel the gamecocks can win this game even it the dawgs will be fired up. USC has a better defense than OK State and they will keep the gamecocks in this game. This game is always close but a Carolina win lies in the offensive package for USC. If they can bring more of a passing attack and spread the field with some screens or throws to the RBs not to mention some looks deep or to crossing TEs. Well, Carolina can escape Athens victorious.
A offical preview later on....thoughts?