Well, that was painful. For the last half decade South Carolina has garnered success on the football field by fielding a stout defense and a competent offense. That went out the window Saturday night. A Georgia offensive line that was abysmal last week played like road graders this week. When Todd Gurley wasn't running through or around the defense Aaron Murray was converting third downs.
In reality we should have seen this coming. Georgia was backed into a corner by last week's embarrassing loss. They were a preseason Top Five team for a reason. They showed why tonight. All week no one picked them to win.
Then there was South Carolina. They were picked to go into Athens and win. Some people thought it would be a big win. No one seemed concerned with the youth on defense. No one was worried about the secondary. They should have been.
Credit belongs to Georgia, but the shortcomings of the Gamecocks were many. The defense was unable to cover for very long and, in a more basic failure, the defense couldn't substitute properly. Play after play was run while the defensive line tried, and failed to get set. The offensive game plan was unimaginative. If Carolina had a decided advantage up front, why oh why did they throw so much?
USC was beaten in every phase of the game. They didn't roll over and die, but they didn't stay within single digits of the bulldogs. Now Carolina has to win and hope that Georgia stumbles. Twice. Is there any chance that happens? Maybe, they've already lost once, but do they really strike you as a three loss team?
It was a fine ball game. And with our defensive woes, I wouldn't count yourselves out yet. We've got some difficult sec games left on our slate.
(1) The linebacker core needs to get trained very fast or we are going to stumble a lot more. Gurley is a great player, but not 7 to 8 yards a carry good. Too many times we got 3rd or 4th and longs against Georgia and the linebackers would let the big pass happen. We saw some of this last year with Tennessee and again some with North Carolina. Our offense is not that good to carry a poor defense.
(2) We need to have Shaw learn to take snaps from under center. 4th and a foot, and we are in shotgun. Our line is strong, quick qb sneak of a yard is far easier to travel than 7 yards from the goal line.
(3) We all knew this but I have to say it again, Mike Davis is a special player.
(4) I will still hold out hope that Georgia will stumble twice more but the sinking feeling that "the special season" is over for South Carolina is definitely at the front of my mine after this game.
@RxDawg Y'all aren't out of the woods yet, but it was a good step for you. Thanks for reading.
@thecockpitsc 1) It will come, but unfortunately it takes time.
2) I would have preferred to run from under center then as well.
4) We'll see what happens with Georgia. I'm not sure Vandy doesn't have an upset in them. It'd be nice if it was against the Dawgs.
thanks for reading.