What the blogs, pundits, etc. are all saying about Saturday’s HUGE game in Columbia is accurate. It is basically the high powered Georgia offense versus the the strong and athletic South Carolina Defense.
Yes, Lattimore will be a big factor, but if Georgia can avoid stupid turnovers, score wise South Carolina can be held in check. In 2010, Coach Grantham’s charges held the Gamecocks to 17 points, and last year, the defense was not accountable for the 45 points USCe scored. The defense should really have been on the hook for 17. The final score at the end of the game is the only thing that matters, and as far as that point is concerned, Coach Grantham’s defense has done a good job of keeping Coach Spurrier’s offense out of the endzone.
The key is going to be Aaron Murray and the Georgia offense and if they can a) move the ball b) withstand the South Carolina front 7 and c) not have back-breaking turnovers. I think the way to do all of this is pretty easy.
Spread it out. Against Missouri in the first half, Georgia’s offense was having shades of the Liberty Bowl. It was horrible. Then, towards at the end of the first half and the whole second half, Georgia went almost exclusively to a 4-wide set (Bobo made adjustments, but oh wait, he sucks!). Murray was more comfortable and this was able to slow down Mizzou’s front 7. Murray hit 12/18 and 2 TD. The running game was basically not a factor; Gurley had a 44 yard scamper, but take that one long run out, and he had an awful 21 yards on 9 carries (2.2 ypc). So yes, Gurley is human afterall. Georgia’s offensive line was getting hammered all night. If you think that Georgia struggled against the Missouri defense ealry on, how will they fare against the South Carolin D?
So if Georgia wants to have success on offense, it is going to have to run 4 and 5 wide. Bennett’s injury might put a damper on that, but having Mitchell back will help. Georgia’s success will hinge on Aaron Murray and the passing game.