Friday, September 9, 2011

Georgia Has Already Shown Their Game Plan for Beating South Carolina

UGA Offensive Coordinator Mike Bobo is feeling a lot of heat this week in Athens. The only place where the temperature is hotter is under head coach Mark Richt's seat. That heat will be ratcheted up even higher with a loss Saturday against South Carolina. However, that heat could be turned down significantly with a win.

I think Georgia has a game plan for beating South Carolina; something they have used before when their backs were against the wall.

Richt is at the bottom point of his career at UGA. The only game that comes close to this was Georgia Tech in 2009. The Bulldogs were coming off a home loss to Kentucky and staring at 6-6 season traveling to Atlanta to face a Yellow Jacket team who was 10-1 and ranked in the top ten.

Bobo and Richt need to dust off that game plan because it is how they win Saturday.

In that game vs Tech, the Bulldogs used a punishing ground game and clock control to squeeze Tech's chances on offense and shorten the game. That plan led to an upsetwin and got the heat off Richt (temporarily).

UGA does not have the weapons on offense to hang with the Gamecocks score after score. Same thing with defense as Todd Grantham's unit cannot expect to stop Steve Spurrier's offense all night.

The rebuttal here is Georgia's offensive line did not do a great job of run blocking last week, which is true. But it was better than their pass protection and South Carolina has even better pass rushers than Boise State. The Bulldogs offensive line has the size and strength to run the ball.

Defensively, I think the Bulldogs' defense has to make Stephen Garcia beat them with his arm. Stack the box and stopping Marcus Lattimore should be UGA's first priority.

The feeling in Athens is overwhelmingly negative right now and a victory seems unlikely. But South Carolina is beatable if UGA follows this game plan.

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