Know, Think and Don't Know: Troy Game

ATHENS - Dean Legge’s list of what we know, what we think we know, and what we know we do not know.

What we know:

Todd Gurley is still a difficult man to bring down. He ran well and found some wide open spaces against South Carolina’s defense. He’s got to be considered a near lock to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York in December. As his season goes, so go the Dawgs - and that means Georgia can still beat anyone in the country.

What we don’t know:

Which South Carolina is going to show up the rest of the season. That’s a tough one to know. History says that the Cocks will figure out how to trip up enough to lose more. The Gamecocks have never finished an SEC season with only one loss. I feel like I need to point out that South Carolina, like half of the East, already has a loss in conference play.

What we think we know:

There is no real favorite in the SEC East right now. Georgia seemed headed that way, but the Bulldogs lost in Columbia and still have to face Florida, Auburn and Missouri. Those will be tough games. South Carolina still must confront Auburn, Florida and Missouri as well. Meanwhile the Gators, who looked very sketchy in what could have been a loss to lowly Kentucky, are alone in first place in the SEC East… which should change after this weekend’s trip to T Town. Meanwhile, Missouri still has tests with Georgia, at South Carolina, at Florida and Texas A&M. The winner of the East could certainly have two SEC losses.

What we know:

Mike Bobo is going to get grief, which he should, for Georgia not scoring with the game on the line and the ball at the four-yard line, but he’s one of the best coordinators in the country. There is no denying what the former Georgia quarterback has done in elevating scoring for the Bulldogs in his time as offensive coordinator. The fact is simple: If you call plays you are going to get some wrong at times, and leaving those points on the board cost Georgia the game. But that, alone, didn’t cost Georgia the game against South Carolina. Any time a team scores 35 points or more on the road it should win. Period.

What we think we know:

Georgia’s secondary cost it the win against South Carolina. I’m not going to sit here and act like a football coach. But I can see what I can see, and I can hear what I can hear. Dylan Thompson is an average SEC quarterback who had a near career day against Georgia. Steve Spurrier left the tight end for max protection often, meaning that the Gamecocks would block Georgia’s pass rushers with six players all game long. Georgia’s secondary simply could not match up long enough to win the battle.

What we know:

If Georgia is going to win the division it is going to have to take advantage of other’s mistakes more often. Damien Swann made a play, and Georgia got zero points. Lorenzo Carter made a play, and Georgia got three points. Devin Bowman made a play, but it was called back, and Georgia got zero points. Dylan Thompson threw a gift to John Atkins, and Georgia got zero points. In short - Thompson made four game-altering mistakes… and Georgia got three points from it. That was a killer for Georgia. The bad news is that Georgia lost the game. The good news is that Thompson still plays quarterback for South Carolina and will make those mistakes again. The Dawgs had just better hope he continues to make four mistakes a game from here on out.

What we think we know:

Brice Ramsey is the second-string quarterback. He and Faton Bauta will get a shot against Troy to play in the game. It should be Ramsey’s first time playing in a real game. It will be interesting to see what the future of Georgia will look like live and in color instead of wondering what the future will be like. Ramsey is supposed to be special, and it is up to Bobo to develop him. When was the last time Bobo failed to develop a special quarterback?

What we know we do not know:

Is Florida better or not? Because they played pretty well the first week, but nearly lost to Kentucky this past weekend. What is the deal with the Gators? Is this thing going to get figured out in time for Will Muschamp to have them competitive enough to win ball games late in the season? Consider that Florida still has to deal with LSU, Georgia, Missouri, Florida State, South Carolina and Alabama. The game with Kentucky, no matter how much the Cats have improved, was a bad, bad sign. Florida is in first place right now - I have no doubt they are the one team that won’t get to Atlanta in December.

What we think we know:

South Carolina’s offensive line is very good, and we think it might be the best Georgia sees all season. If that’s the case then the defense should play better as the season moves on. Again, South Carolina was in max protection the bulk of the game, and had success against Georgia with that formation. The rest of the SEC will take note, but it seems unclear if the rest of the conference has the sort of output the Cocks have on their offensive line. One thing is clear - Georgia is going to have to get more pressure on quarterbacks than it did on Saturday night if it plans on winning the SEC East.

What we know we do not know:

When, exactly, Jonathon Rumph, Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell will return to the Georgia lineup. It is clear that Georgia does not have a deep threat right now. Rumph as been virtually silent in his time at Georgia. Any production from him would be more production than he’s had in the past. He’s working on not being relevant at all in his time at Georgia, which is stunning given his physical tools. Blake Tibbs, too, needs to get moving. As for Scott-Wesley and Mitchell, both have been very good when playing for the Bulldogs. We think Georgia’s offense will be pretty dynamic - not that scoring an average of 40 points a game against legit foes isn’t dynamic right now - when they return.

What we know:

Troy is pretty bad, and Georgia will destroy them on Saturday. That program, which was decent the last time they played in Athens (2007), has taken a real tumble since going to three bowl games in a row from 2008-10. The Trojans haven’t had a winning season in each of the last three years.


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