"We've never played a Georgia team as good as this one," said Holtz.
"I think that because Holtz says the things that he does young people are vulnerable to (believing him)," said Richt.
South Carolina, ranked 25th in the latest AP poll, visits Athens this Saturday for the SEC opener for both teams. The Gamecocks have won two of the last three meetings and felt like they should have won last season's game as well.
Last season South Carolina finished the year in a tailspin. But this year the Cocks have improved. Last weekend they beat formerly ranked Virginia in Columbia 31-7.
"We came out of the Virginia game better, physically," said Holtz.
Richt is worried about Carolina's physical play.
"One of my concerns is how they believe in their physical play," he said.
"In that Virginia game, it was a hard fought battle and it got to the point where South Carolina's defense got a turnover and South Carolina knocked it in within a couple of plays and Virginia may have lost heart at that point."
"Then South Carolina took it down the field and gutted them at the end of the game and took the game over. It is the most helpless thing in the world when an offense rams it down you throat," Richt said.
It looked like South Carolina was going to do that to Georgia last season until the Dawgs recovered a fumble on 4th and goal on the last play of the game.
"I have seen them play and they are very disciplined. I like the changes that they have made on defense. We have not scored an offensive touchdown on them in two years," said Richt, whose offense is averaging 30 points a game this year.
Richt indicated that South Carolina uses a similar defense to Georgia's and that the Dawgs hope to use that to prepare for the Cocks.
"Their defense is very similar to the defense that we run. I hope that it will benefit us," he said.