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Top 5 Georgia Bulldogs to Watch This Weekend

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Georgia at South Carolina

Georgia
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Georgia is heading to Columbia to take on South Carolina on Saturday aiming to end a two-game losing streak to their SEC east rival and keep their national title dreams alive with a big road win.

Georgia got into a shootout with Tennessee last week and needed 52 points to escape with a win, but the 44 points surrendered to Tennessee raises questions about how a talented defense could allow so many points. Certainly a team is not going to win many times when giving up that many points, but the defense was opportunistic as they forced three turnovers late in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Georgia has an offense that has racked up points with their two-headed monster at tailback and quarterback Aaron Murray has spread the wealth enough that the bulldogs are scoring 48.2 points per game, good enough to rank eighth in the nation. This Saturday will be the first true test as South Carolina is sixth in the nation in points per game allowed, giving up a scant 11.2 points per game.

The Georgia offense may be neutralized vs. the Gamecock defense, which means the Georgia defense will have to slow down running back Marcus Lattimore and disrupt Connor Shaw’s rhythm in the pocket otherwise it could turn into another shootout reminiscent of the game in 2011 that South Carolina won 45-42.

The loser of this game can pretty much say farewell to their national title aspirations, so who are the top 5 Bulldogs to watch on Saturday as they look to remain undefeated?

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Michael Bennett

Georgia
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Ranks fifth in yards in the SEC at 345 and is tied for second with his four touchdown receptions. He is helped out by teammate Tavarres King who is just behind Bennett in the conference ranks with 307 yards and gives the Bulldogs the best 1-2 punch on the perimeter in the conference to date.

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John Jenkins

Georgia
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Built like a vending machine, but moves like a bull running down the streets of Pamplona. South Carolina will lean on Marcus Lattimore early and often in this game and the 360-pound Jenkins will be at the center of the Bulldog defense occupying gamecock lineman and freeing up the Georgia linebackers to make plays on Lattimore for scant yardage. Lattimore may find running lanes difficult to come by on Saturday if Jenkins is on his game.

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Todd Gurley

Georgia
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The freshman from Tarboro, North Carolina has four 100-yard games through five games and leads the conference with 536 yards and nine touchdowns. Not to be outdone is fellow freshman and Gurley’s roommate, Keith Marshall, who is getting 8.2 yards per rush and ranks fourth in the conference in yards with 428. The two combined for a whopping 294 yards and five touchdowns last week vs. Tennessee. Gurley and Marshall will be hard pressed to match those numbers vs. a South Carolina defense that has yielded just two rushing touchdowns this year.

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Jarvis Jones

Georgia
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An absolute nightmare for offensive tackles to try and block. The sack master has proved this year that he is more than a one-dimensional rush linebacker and is making plays in the run game as evidenced by his eight tackles for loss, which ranks third in the SEC. He is also making plays dropping into coverage this season after his interception vs. Missouri he returned 21 yards for a score effectively clinched the game.

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Aaron Murray

Georgia
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The third year starter is putting together his best season in Athens and ranks near the top in many of the passing categories in the SEC. He leads the conference in quarterback rating with a dazzling 183.5, ranks second in yards (1,370) and touchdowns (12), and has thrown just three interceptions. Murray tossed four touchdowns in the game vs. South Carolina last year and a similar stat line Saturday could vault Murray into the Heisman mix.