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GamecockAnthem.com Staff Predictions: Georgia
Paul Stewart - Staff Writer
I think this one will be very tight. But with Aaron Murray
making his first start on the road, he's going to have to make me see it before I believe it in Columbia. Look for Marcus Lattimore
to continue his good work from the Southern Miss
game and Stephen Garcia
to lead a steady Gamecock attack.
The Gamecock secondary will be the difference in the game as I look for them to produce at least one turnover via interception, and the USC d-line will help contain the UGA rushing attack. The Bulldogs have had great success in this series, but this is the year I believe Carolina will set the tone for the season with a strong effort and a 2-0 start.
South Carolina - 24
Georgia - 21
Jason Ross - Football/Recruiting Analyst
The Gamecocks have been looking forward to this game since last season ended as a chance to make a statement to the SEC that they are to be taken seriously this year as a contender in the SEC East. I think the Gamecocks are going to come out with a ton of energy, so much so that I think it may hurt them a little to start the game if they are not careful. The coaches need to remind the players it's okay to be excited, but they have to play within themselves and under control.
I think the Gamecocks multiple offensive attack will be too much for a rebuilt Georgia defense that is running a new 3-4 scheme to control and handle at the end of the day. I think Ace Sanders
and Marcus Lattimore are going to have plenty of opportunities to make plays in space against an aggressive UGA defense. I also think the mobility of Stephen Garcia is going to cause the Bulldogs trouble as well.
On Defense, the addition of Chris Culliver
to the starting line-up is huge for the Gamecocks. It adds another body to the depth chart on what will be a hot day at William's Brice Stadium, and it gives the Gamecocks more experience in the secondary allowing Coach Ellis to be much more aggressive with his defensive calls and schemes.
I do expect Georgia to have success running the ball against the Gamecocks, more than what will be comfortable for most Gamecocks fans I believe. The key will be for the Gamecocks to get off to a good start in which they build a lead that will make Georgia have to pass the ball more than they would like thus putting their redshirt freshman QB in more situations to make pivital mistakes. They also need to keep Georgia out of the endzone and force them to kick field goals.
I think the Gamecocks have atleast one interception and one fumble recovery against the Bulldogs, and I think the special teams effort and performance from the Gamecocks this year will be much better than last year.
I think the Gamecocks take advantage of an energized home crowd, a frehman Qb for Georgia, and a Bulldog defense that just isn't quite ready for the matchup problems the Gamecocks will present. As such, I see the Gamecocks winning this Saturday, and making the statement they've been wanting to make since the end of last season
South Carolina - 27
Georgia - 20
Both teams have faced NCAA distractions this week. Both teams will be without guys that made a huge impact in the game last year; AJ Green for Georgia, Weslye Saunders
for USC. The game has traditionally been a defensive struggle that is decided by one possession. If South Carolina can have a balanced attack, they will win. If Georgia has success running the ball and can keep the Gamecock offense off the field, Georgia will win. In the end, whoever wins the time of possession and field position battle will win the game. I think this year the Gamecocks come through and beat the Dawgs for the first time in 10 years at Williams-Brice.
South Carolina - 17
Georgia - 13