Monday, October 1, 2012
Can We Beat South Carolina?
Posted by LCUGA
I think it's safe to say both squads suffered from "looking ahead" syndrome this past week, but should be completely focused and on task this week. If not, they need to quit and pursue another field of endeavor.
This is the the biggest game in several years for Bulldog Nation and it feels good to be sitting pretty. We're healthy. We have everyone available for action on both sides of the ball (ahem, Tree & Rambo). GameDay will be there. Chris Fowler will have his I HATE UGA shirt on. Corso will put a penis on his head at the end. We come in as 2.5 pt underdogs. #5 vs. #6. Yeah come on.
Now, we just surrendered 44 points to UT. There is collective head scratching going on despite Grantham saying we played well. We couldn't stop the run. We couldn't get to Bray.
We didn't look good at all (in terms of what was actually expected entering the game) unless you subscribe to the theory that we didn't want to show all our cards on D (which I don't buy at this point in the season). I think we got UT's very best effort combined with looking ahead on our part. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
3 years ago, we surrendered 45 points to UT and it served as the lowest point in the Mark Richt Era (perfectly put at the GA Sports Blog by TD).
Granted, things are much, much different now, but I don't like our chances of hanging 51 on SC if we give up 44 to them. Not. At. All.
Matchup-wise, we're pretty even, but what scares me the most are their monster DE's and our green guys on the OL (especially Theus). Murray might not have all the time in the world to throw and we really need to take advantage of their suspect secondary. Our OL is going to have their work cut out for them to open up holes for Gurshall, etc. The same goes for their OL vs. our DL (at least I hope so), but with heat coming on both sides and the line struggling to open things up could spell disaster.
I'm expecting a tight, low-scoring game and like our chances without special team disasters or costly TO's.
They'll be more preview-wise this week, but that's my take on it right now.