One week ago, the Georgia Bulldogs were considered one of the preseason favorites to win the national title as well as an SEC title. However, a tough week one loss to the Clemson Tigers has left a sour taste in Mark Richt‘s mouth as some believe his job is on the line if he doesn’t contend for a conference title in 2013.
On the other side of the field, the South Carolina Gamecocks were part of the first game of the 2013 season. Taking down border rival, North Carolina, the Gamecocks have come out swinging in 2013 and will need to take down Georgia in order to keep their title hopes alive. This game will be one of the best early-season conference battles of the season.
Georgia’s offense racked up 545 total yards last Saturday, including 154 yards and two touchdowns on 12 rushes from running back Todd Gurley. Big plays from the Bulldogs bailed the defense out and so did quarterback Aaron Murray. He completed 20 of 29 passes for 323 yards and an interception. Murray will need to step up his game and throw some touchdowns if he wants to keep his Heisman hopes alive.
The Gamecocks have a progressing offense and the 2013 season might be somewhat of a work in progress with Connor Shaw at quarterback. Running for more yards than they passed for, the Gamecocks have a solid ground game while Shaw needs to complete more than 11 of 20 passes to be successful.
The Georgia Bulldogs gave up far too many yards and too many points than they would have liked to in week one. Allowing 467 total yards and forcing just one turnover was a big reason for the close loss. South Carolina, led by Jadeveon Clowney, had an impressive week one, allowing just 293 total yards to the potent North Carolina Tar Heels attack.
South Carolina will be traveling to Georgia in week two to take on the Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be aired on ESPN.
PREDICTION: South Carolina 27, Georgia 34
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