Spurrier: Carolina Has to Play Smart

ATHENS – South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was impressed with Boise State's Saturday night performance.

So much so, in fact, that he said Sunday in his weekly teleconference with reporters that he may vote them as the number one team in the land.

"You just have to admire watching those guys play," he said of the Broncos. "I love watching them play because they block, they tackle well, they play fundamentals, they are just about always in position and they don't do stupid things. They just play the game the way you are supposed to. I may vote them No. 1 in the country after watching them beat Georgia," he said.

Spurrier went on to say that he was disappointed in his team's effort - a 56-37 win over East Carolina in which the Gamecocks trailed by 17 points at one point.

"We're not a very good team right now. I thought we'd play better," he said. "A lot of guys didn't play so well, but it's a win and we'll get ready to try to regroup and play a smart game against Georgia."

Spurrier, perhaps sandbagging a bit, went on to add that he wouldn't be surprised to be an underdog come Saturday in Athens.

"They just didn't play their best. It wouldn't surprise me if they weren't favored over us this week," Spurrier said.

But early betting lines have the Gamecocks, who won the SEC East last season for the first time in school history, as at least two-point favorites over the Bulldogs.

"Georgia is still a very good team," he said. "They are very capable of doing big things this year."

But that will depend on the outcome of the South Carolina game - it seems. Georgia is in danger of falling to 0-2 for only the second time since 1997.

The importance of the game is obvious: Pressure is mounting on Mark Richt, who is not producing the same winning results he did earlier in his tenure in Athens. Spurrier entered the 2011 season with the highest ranking in school history and was the pick to win the division. A loss would be difficult to overcome for both teams as the have both struggled to be relevant in the SEC East after losing the critical early-season game in recent years.

Compounding problems for Georgia is the loss of starting linebacker Alec Ogletree. The Newnan native will miss the next four to six weeks after getting surgery on his broken right foot. Walkon Jeremy Sulek took his place in the Bulldogs' lineup after Ogletree's injury.

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