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Game: South Carolina Gamecocks (2-0, 0-0) at #2 Georgia (2-0, 0-0)

Game Time: Saturday September 18th, 7:00 PM at Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

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South Carolina continues it's road travels as the Gamecocks open their Southeastern Conference slate of 2021 in Athens, GA. against the 2nd-ranked Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday September 18th at 7:00 p.m. Both teams are undefeated currently moving into Week #3 of the season. South Carolina is coming off of a tough fought 20-17 win at East Carolina, while UGA is fresh off of a much easier 56-7 win in Athens against UAB. After the Gamecocks took a substantial step up in competition from FCS opponent Eastern Illinois to FBS East Carolina, they now take an even bigger step up against SEC and CFP contender Georgia. The oddsmakers are in agreement with this kind of thinking, as they have placed USC as 30.5 point underdogs per CBS Sports.com.

Lets review the upcoming SEC opponent and see what weaknesses and strengths the Bulldogs bring to the table:

 

Looking at the Stats:

With just two games into the 2021 season, the Georgia Bulldogs are shaping up to be a very strong defensive squad, which makes sense being led by defensive-minded Kirby Smart. Having won games 10-3 against top ten Clemson who has a decent defense of their own, and a 56-7 win over UAB who does not have a decent defense, the Bulldogs come into Week #3 with a modest 33.0 scoring offense, good for 8th in the conference and tied currently with the Gamecocks. They are 10th in the SEC in total offense at 404.0 yds per gm, just ahead of USC at 11th with 382.0 ypg. They have thus far been the better passing offense, at 6th in the SEC with 262.0 ypg, with a 69.2% completion percentage, 6 TDs and only 2 INTs. This is in comparison to USC's passing game which has struggled thus far, at 12th in the SEC averaging 200 ypg, with 60.8 completion %, and 5 TDs with only 1 INT.

In the run game, UGA is 11th in the league at 142.0 ypg with just 1 team rushing TD, averaging 4.12 ypc, compared to USC at 8th in the SEC with 182.0 ypg, also with just 1 TD, and a 4.23 ypc average.

Defensively is where the Bulldogs have thrived thus far, with stellar numbers across the board: they are 1st in the SEC in scoring defense allowing 5.0 ppg (we are 3rd allowing 8.5), and 1st in total defense allowing only 177.0 ypg (we are again 3rd, allowing 186.0 ypg). In passing defense they are 2nd allowing 112.5 passing yds per game, while we are 3rd allowing 115.0 ypg, and in rushing D they are 4th allowing 64.5 rushing ypg and 0 touchdowns, while we are 6th allowing 71.0 ypg and only 1 rushing TD thus far.

This is an occasion where the stats can be somewhat misleading, as UGA has played the tougher schedule thus far against better opponents: UAB is much tougher than Eastern Illinois, and Clemson is much tougher than East Carolina.

 

The Top Offensive Performers for the Bulldogs:

The passing offense for UGA is an embarrassment of riches, at least at the QB position. Coming into the season, junior J.T. Daniels was solidly inset as the QB1 for the Bulldogs, with redshirt freshman Carson Beck the #2 guy slightly ahead of senior Stetson Bennett. Daniels starts against Clemson, and goes 22-30 for 135 yds, 0 TDs and 1 INT. But Daniels suffers an oblique strain, and is unable to play against UAB. So Beck steps in , right? Nope, Bennett gets the call due to his experience - he goes 10-12 for 288 yds and 5 TDs with 0 INT against UAB. Beck gets in some quality snaps against UAB, and he goes 4-10 for 88 yds, with a TD and a INT.

So now there's a QB controversy of sorts at UGA between Daniels and Bennett. The question will be how healed is Daniels from his oblique. My guess is he will be good to go. But it creates a quandary of sorts between the consistent short-yardage passer in Daniels and the rip-roaring, "let her fly" gun slinger in Bennett.

Rushing the ball for the Bulldogs seems more clear-cut, with junior Zamir White leading the way with 108 net yards on 20 carries (5.40 ypc), then sophomore Kendall Milton with 53 yards on 14 rushes (3.79 ypc). Neither have yet to score on the ground. They also have senior James Cook with 10 carries for 37 yds (3.7 ypc) and 1 TD, and sophomore Daijun Edwards with 7 carries for 29 yds (4.14 ypc). Thus far it looks to be White then running back by committee.

At receiver, two Bulldogs have stepped above the fray in freshman TE Brock Bowers with 9 receptions for 150 yds (75.0 ypg) and 2 TDs, and sophomore Jermaine Burton with 5 catches for 103 yds (51.5 ypg) and 1 TD.

 

The Top Defensive Performers for the Bulldogs:

There's a good number to go around here: junior DB Lewis Cine leads the defense with 11 total tackles, 1 INT and 2 pass breakups, while senior ILB Channing Tindall is 2nd with 10 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss and 1.0 QB sack. Senior OLB Adam Anderson and junior ILB Nakobe Dean each have 8 tackles and lead the defense with 2 TFL that are both sacks, also leading the defense. Also sophomore DL Jalen Carter has 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, and leads the team easily with 6 QB pressures, so he is a definite backfield threat against our offense.

Overall UGA has 4 team defensive interceptions, good for the lead in the SEC, tied with Alabama and our own Gamecocks. Both the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs have scored twice each off of their INTs.

 

This game will be a tough order to fill for the Gamecocks. They are one of the top 2-3 opponents this season on a tough top-25 strength of schedule. Coach Beamer and staff are still looking for answers in eliminating penalties and turnovers, and against this stout defense that objective is more crucial than ever. The Bulldogs have won 5 of the last 6 games against us, and last season's loss was a blow-out. The lone win however was two seasons ago, a 20-17 win the last time we visited Sanford Stadium. We better be ready to play.....

 

 

 

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I feel this game will be a lot closer then most are realizing how this game will turn out.  Gamecocks seem to play there best on the road vs the Dawgs. Gamecocks have a very good defensive line and will hold there own if Doty can get on the field and start I feel the Gamecocks will beat the spread. Say beat the spread 28 Dawgs 17 Gamecocks. If the score is keep low on both side Gamecocks 17 Dawgs 14.,,,,, Enjoy game you you all. :go-teamsmall:

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I have always heard most program rebuilds usually start with the defense.

We always talk about Shane's recruits, but he was also responsible for coaching the Safeties and Special Teams from 2009-2010 when we beat #4 Ole Miss and #1 Alabama.

Offensive execution was difficult for Spurrier at times while he was here for one reason or the other.

I think Shane will get the defense trued-up first this year and a victory against UGA would be a signature win for Beamer and White if we can pull it off.

All of our upsets against Top 5 teams have come at home, though.  Maybe the ECU win will give the guys enough confidence to win on the road at Athens on Saturday.

We'll see.

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Probably the best D we will see this year and I think that will magnify many of the issues we saw the last game.  UGA is too talented, too deep, and we don't have much of an offensive identity that says we can surprise them or keep them off balance.  I dread this may be one of those games that just gets worse as it goes on and our D gets worn down being on the field a ton.  Hopeful that I'm wrong and we get some turnovers and somehow manage to keep it close.  Our guys do play hard and I fully expect them to fight. 

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The mantra Eli Drinkwitz used with his South Carolina-native players at App. St. going into his last victory against us was, "They didn't want you because they didn't think you were good enough.  Prove to the Gamecocks just how wrong they were."

Any decent coach like Shane can use that technique on a player to get them to play better like App. St. did against us.

We have plenty of Georgia natives on our roster in addition to the whole planet picking us to get blown out by the Dawgs this Saturday night.

All Shane and his staff have to do, at least from the emotional perspective, is tell our guys to "prove everyone wrong."  You know they already have by now.

Our football issues are what they are, but that is something intangible going for us for this particular game.

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On 9/14/2021 at 4:49 PM, gamecock88 said:

Probably the best D we will see this year and I think that will magnify many of the issues we saw the last game.  UGA is too talented, too deep, and we don't have much of an offensive identity that says we can surprise them or keep them off balance.  I dread this may be one of those games that just gets worse as it goes on and our D gets worn down being on the field a ton.  Hopeful that I'm wrong and we get some turnovers and somehow manage to keep it close.  Our guys do play hard and I fully expect them to fight. 

On paper and in my head, all the evidence says we will get crushed.  However, as a Georgia friend of mine said, Carolina can suck, but they will play Georgia like champions.  That is my hope, that somehow the guys hang in there, and play amazingly well, or Georgia will have an off game, or whatever it takes to be hanging in there at the end.  For some reason the team seems to play better in Athens than Columbia sometimes. Here’s hoping for a happy and surprising outcome on Saturday night.  IF we did pull off the upset, it does my heart good to think of how the Clemorrhoid’s heads will explode.  

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So some discussion this week about the healthiness of BOTH UGA's top two QBs Daniels and Bennett. Torso issues for both - obliques for Daniels and lower back for Bennett. Both QBs are reported to be taking reps this game week for their game against our Gamecocks. Is there any heat to this, or is this just Smart's way of muddying up the waters for our defensive coaching staff in preparing for UGA's offense??

 

https://www.si.com/college/georgia/news/football-kirby-smart-jt-daniels-stetson-bennett-injury

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15 hours ago, ConwayGamecock said:

So some discussion this week about the healthiness of BOTH UGA's top two QBs Daniels and Bennett. Torso issues for both - obliques for Daniels and lower back for Bennett. Both QBs are reported to be taking reps this game week for their game against our Gamecocks. Is there any heat to this, or is this just Smart's way of muddying up the waters for our defensive coaching staff in preparing for UGA's offense??

 

https://www.si.com/college/georgia/news/football-kirby-smart-jt-daniels-stetson-bennett-injury

They were talking about it on 107.5 yesterday afternoon like it was a real thing even though there wasn't much online about it at the time.

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Take a look at the SEC schedule this weekend:

DATE AWAY HOME GAME INFO
9/18 - 12:00 PM ET New Mexico (7) Texas A&M SEC Network
9/18 - 12:00 PM ET Chattanooga Kentucky SEC Network+ | ESPN+
9/18 - 12:00 PM ET SE Missouri St Missouri SEC Network+ | ESPN+
9/18 - 12:00 PM ET Tennessee Tech Tennessee SEC Network+ | ESPN+
9/18 - 3:30 PM ET (1) Alabama (11) Florida CBS
9/18 - 4:00 PM ET Georgia So (20) Arkansas SEC Network
9/18 - 4:00 PM ET Mississippi St Memphis ESPN2
9/18 - 7:00 PM ET South Carolina (2) Georgia ESPN
9/18 - 7:30 PM ET (22) Auburn (10) Penn State ABC
9/18 - 7:30 PM ET C Michigan LSU SEC Network
9/18 - 8:00 PM ET Tulane (17) Ole Miss ESPN2
9/18 - 8:00 PM ET Stanford Vanderbilt ESPNU

Now look at the SEC East standings:

  CONF OVERALL HOME ROAD NEUTRAL PF PA STRK
 Kentucky 1-0 2-0 2-0 0-0 0-0 80 38 W2
 Florida 0-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 77 34 W2
 Georgia 0-0 2-0 1-0 0-0 1-0 66 10 W2
 South Carolina 0-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 66 17 W2
 Missouri 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 0-0 62 59 L1
 Tennessee 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 0-0 72 47 L1
 Vanderbilt 0-0 1-1 0-1 1-0 0-0 27 44 W1

Bama will handle the Gators and our game is the only other in-conference game this weekend.

Man, just think how we could get a leg up on the East if we could pull off the upset because we're improving and playing better.   

We would probably come in ranked at around #18 if we get the upset.

Getting the win and continuing to play better would really energize Gamecock Nation.

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