The Georgia Bulldogs travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Both teams enter the game 1-0, coming off blowout wins in week 1. Although the Dawgs have won the last several meetings, they have struggled some against the Gamecocks. This will serves as Georgia’s first real test and first conference game. The Bulldogs will have to play smart and up to their potential to secure a win against a South Carolina team hungry for an upset.
Keys to the Game
Run, Run, Run
Last year, the Dawgs built their SEC Championship offense around their dominant run game. They hope to reestablish that dominance this year, and looked to get off to a good start last week. The Bulldogs got whatever they wanted on the ground, gaining a total of 284 yards and averaging 8.6 yards per carry. However, these stats can be taken with a grain of salt, as they came against an overmatched Austin Peay team. Unfortunately for Georgia, star freshman James Cook is suspended for the first half due to a targeting penalty. The Dawgs will likely only feature three backs, D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, and Brian Herrien, in the first half. Thankfully all three of these tailbacks are more than capable and because of them the Dawgs will not miss Cook too much. If the Bulldogs can obtain consistent yardage on the ground, they can take pressure off the quarterback. Also long, double digit play drives can quickly tire out a defense and allow the Dawg’s own defense to rest up.
Fromm controlling the game
In limited time last Saturday, Jake Fromm was brilliant, throwing for 157 yards as well as 2 touchdowns on a 12/16 clip. The talented sophomore’s strength comes from his ability to carve up defenses with efficient, low risk passes. For Georgia’s offense to be successful on Saturday, Fromm must continue to make the right read, and take calculated risks. With the arrival of Demetris Robertson, the Dawgs posses serious speed, and Fromm should not be afraid to occasionally take some shots downfield.
Secondary must play lights out
The Gamecocks biggest strength comes at wide receiver, with Deebo Smith being one of the best receivers in the country. Along with him is Shi Smith and OrTre Smith. Georgia corner Deandre Baker and safeties JR Reed and Richard Lecounte must have big games for a Dawg’s win.
Prediction: The Gamecocks give the Dawgs a game early, but in the end Georgia’s talent wins out and they pull away to a hard fought win.
Harry Hughen |@doublehh3rd