Oops, We Forgot to Cover UGA/USC. Quick Thoughts
Sunday college football should be a thing.
First off, major MAJOR props to the South Carolina Governor in helping facilitate this game by taking a hard line on state support for the crowd in Columbia. By stating that there would be no emergency personnel available, she immediately took Saturday off the table, and allowed Greg McGarity and Ray Tanner to quickly narrow their options. The other game of note moved to a time not yet known? Another post for later today.
Anyway, the fallout was positive for yours truly. I got to watch this game in wedding recovery mode, after a painful four-hour drive from Atlanta. Playstation Vue, which I needed due to a lackadasical TV plan that does not include the SEC Network, worked like a charm for you hesitant cord-cutters out there.
Okay, two grafs in and nothing about the football game. Let’s go.
South Carolina is a TRASH football team. This was a game that I was nervous about due to all the outside circumstances, but between the sidelines was a game Georgia was supposed to win. The defense was extremely opportunistic, as they knew the Cocks weren’t going to push the ball down the field much. When you don’t have to account for a vertical passing attack, you can play a little more instinctively, and the Georgia defense played downhill for the entire time the game was really in doubt.
In the first quarter, Georgia held South Carolina to an 11% success rate (where a successful play is one which keeps an offense ahead of the chains) while Georgia was at a whopping 63%, thanks to Nick Chubb’s reminder that he’s awesome. The game was basically a Will Muschamp battle of attrition from there, with teams exchanging body blows and punts (it warrants mentioning: Georgia was good on Special Teams on Sunday!)
There’s no sugarcoating how bad Jacob Eason was in this one. He had two overthrows back-to-back on the second possession, missed an open Jayson Stanley touchdown in the second, and sailed a few more guys in the second half. If Georgia had lost, we could talk about Greyson Lambert coming back to salvage something from this season…butttttttt… THE GROUND GAME WAS SPECTACULAR!
- Chubb 21/133, 6.33
- Michel 16/121, 7.56
- Herrien 9/82, 9.11
You’re not going to lose many games when you damn near have THREE 1oo-yard backs. All three rushed for at least 5 yards on over half of their runs, so a BIG hats off is due to the offensive line. They manhandled South Carolina’s defense, which is not a huge accomplishment, but is no less notable.
Lorenzo Carter is showing signs of life. He had a drive-killing sack in the second quarter, and was in the backfield throughout the day. He overran some plays, as an athletic freak is wont to do, but to see him constantly appearing and forcing plays out of their design is a welcome sign. One that will likely see him get paid this offseason, unfortunately, but one that bodes well for the Dawgs going forward.
The season comes down to Georgia winning some games where something isn’t working– Eason is awful, the running game steps up in this case. Against Vanderbilt, the run D may show some signs of weakness, but the ‘Dores won’t be able to pass. Hopefully that is the case for Florida, too.
Taking an early lead and holding an opponent at arm’s length is a new development for Georgia, and in their most ‘complete’ game of the season, they did exactly that.