These two quarterbacks are very similar. They both waited five years for this opportunity. They both played behind really durable, great leaders at quarterback. Now that they have their chance after a five-year wait, not a one-year offseason, the pressure of this game is magnified. That fully adds to the intrigue of this match-up.
(On teams’ seasons so far):
There could not have been a bigger contrast between these two teams in their opening game. Georgia captured the nation with how powerful they looked against Clemson. Many people raised them up to say they are a legitimate contender for the Final Four. South Carolina dropped as many places as Georgia rose. These teams are at two ends of a spectrum for what an opening game can do to your season.
(On keys to the game):
South Carolina must be able to run the ball. With Connor Shaw, South Carolina’s offense had two ways to run the ball – Mike Davis with draws and Shaw with scrambles and draws. Because Dylan Thompson isn’t as adept at running as Shaw, more of the load falls on their tailback. Georgia can line up with anyone. They are balanced. They are dynamic. They have one of the premiere running backs in the county with Todd Gurley. They are deep at wide receiver. Their offensive line and system can hide their problems occasionally by being able to play-action protect.