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Talking With the Enemy: 2011 South Carolina Version

Similar to last year, Gamecock Man from the great South Carolina blog, Garnet and Black Attack, has been kind enough to exchange a few questions and answers with me related to the game.  Check out my responses to his questions here.

1. Was the rough showing against East Carolina to start the game just early game jitters or did it expose some chinks in the South Carolina armor?  I know East Carolina piled up its lead based on turnovers, but the same could be said for South Carolina’s comeback being largely aided by East Carolina turnovers.  Did the first game performance take some wind out of the sails of the South Carolina fans or are you guys just brushing it off and still expecting big things this year?

It both did and didn’t expose weaknesses in Carolina’s armor. A lot of our problems could be chalked up to early game jitters. The turnovers were all fumbles, most of them from players who either aren’t likely to fumble often (Marcus Lattimore) or players who won’t get many special-teams touches from here on out (Stephon Gilmore, Kenny Miles). If they had been Stephen Garcia interceptions, it would be a different story, but I don’t think these turnovers were very predictive of what’s going to happen this year for Carolina.

Of course, you could say that our comeback was just as much a product of turnovers as our early deficit, but I’m not sure that really says much about how this game played out as most people think. At the end of the day, Carolina won by almost three TDs. That’s right about what Vegas thought would happen. People look at the score and the early deficit and say Carolina struggled, but I’m not sure they’d be saying that if Carolina had marched to a more conventional 19-point victory. I kind of see it as being that the TOs made the game more interesting than it might otherwise have been, but at the end of the day they evened out and the scoreboard reflected the difference between the two teams.

You also have to note that the turnovers weren’t the only anomaly; Shaw starting was the other. Does the first quarter go as badly with Garcia under center? Probably not.

All of this said, I do think Carolina showed some chinks, particularly in the secondary. East Carolina moved the ball well through the air at times, both due to poor schematics from the coaches and our players’–particularly Stephon Gilmore’s–inability to make key plays. Carolina has some depth returning in the secondary this weekend, but I still think UGA has the potential to hurt Carolina with Aaron Murray’s arm.

2. There’s been lots of sentiment that if you lined up the talent that South Carolina has this year in a Florida or Texas uniform, they’d be widely considered a top five team.  Do you believe that South Carolina is being underrated this year (if being a pre-season top 15 team is really grounds to be underrated) or the perception is accurate that they are good, but largely aided by the fact that the traditional three big powers in their division all seem to be in a down cycle right now?

South Carolina’s talent level has obviously risen a good bit since Spurrier arrived. Never before has South Carolina had quite this many All-American and All-SEC-type players. That said, I still think South Carolina’s depth is a bit worse than your Oklahoma’s, Alabama’s, etc. Carolina is a few OL and DB injuries away from having serious problems. However, the top-level talent is as good as anyone in the nation. I really don’t think that anyone has as good of a RB-WR combo as Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery. And the defensive line is chock full of NFL talent.

As far as the East being on a down cycle, I certainly think the East being down had something to do with Carolina’s East title. Can you imagine that Carolina team winning the East in one of the years that Florida won the national title? Probably not. That said, Carolina won the games it had to, and it did beat a top-ranked Alabama team. It’s not like last year’s Carolina team was comparable to past 6-6 and 7-5 Carolina outfits. It was certainly an improved team.

As far as the East this year goes, I’ll wait until the end of the season to comment.

3. Jadeveon Clowney.  We’ve all seen the high school videos of him looking like an NFL player in a pee wee football league.  How do you feel about his performance in the East Carolina game and how do you think he will be utilized against the Dawgs?

He looked fantastic in the ECU game. He was all over the field, got at the QB a few times, and made some nice plays tackling runners and receivers. He did overpursue a couple of times, showing some freshman inexperience. Those mistakes may take some time to weed out. However, other than that he looked very good. Granted, that was against a bad ECU offensive line, but I expect an impact from him this year, including his first career sack against UGA. It’s hard to say whether he’ll be on the field quite as much this weekend, though. Against ECU, he played almost every significant down, but we were running a small, coverage-oriented defensive line because ECU never runs the ball and likes the short pass. That won’t be the case against Georgia, and I expect that–other than on obvious passing downs–you’ll see Clowney rotate with Devin Taylor and Melvin Ingram (Ingram played DT against ECU but is likely to play more DE against UGA) more so than be on the field with both of them at the same time.

4. To echo your question to me; if you had to take one player from Georgia’s roster, who would it be and why?

I’d go with Brandon Boykin. We could use a player like him at CB, and obviously he’s a playmaker in other phases of the game, too. Can’t have enough players like him.

Plan B might be Drew Butler. Seriously. Carolina may struggle punting this year, so we could use Butler.

5.  What will it take for Georgia to pull the upset (that’s right, Vegas has South Carolina as a three point favorite – never thought I’d ever live to see a South Carolina team favored in Sanford Stadium) this Saturday?  Should Mark Richt start polishing up his resume or do you think the man will prove us all wrong and show that Georgia just ran into a buzzsaw last week against Boise State?

I think the key for Georgia in this game is improved offensive line play. Based on the performance against Boise, I really, really like the way our DL matches up against your OL, and if Crowell can’t find room to run and particularly if Clowney, Taylor, and Ingram are all over Murray on every pass, this game will likely be over quickly. However, if UGA’s OL play improves and gives Murray some room to work, I think UGA can gain some yards in the air. Defensively, UGA needs to force turnovers. USC has lots of offensive talent this year and should be able to move the ball well, but the potential for forcing some TOs is always there with Garcia at QB.

In sum, I think the matchups favor Carolina in this game, even more than the line indicates. I’ll go ahead and say that if Richt loses this game, he’s probably done. He and his staff screwed the pooch on the Boise game. To say nothing of winning, UGA should have at least been able to play closely with Boise if the Dawgs are really a Top-25 team. Instead, UGA got ran off the field more or less as soundly as many of Boise’s more respectable conference opponents. That falls on the coaching staff; there’s no excuse for such underwhelming play from a program with such obvious advantages. There’s still time to right the ship if Richt can rally the troops this weekend, but if he doesn’t do it now, he’ll likely need to do something drastic, like win out, to save his job. And if he loses this game, I doubt his team will be able to go on that kind of run.

Much thanks again to Gamecock Man for taking the time to exchange Q&A’s with me.

Post-mortem/Time to move on

I don’t want to beat a dead horse (no pun intended) as this thing has been covered pretty much everywhere in the Dawg-o-sphere. I’m not here to break down the multiple failures. We all know what we saw on Saturday night and it wasn’t pretty. Despite all the happy talk of changes in S&C, cancers being rooted out of the team, and a head coach that was now fully devoted to the game of football after the AD took a lot of responsibilities of his shoulders, we saw a team that displayed all the bad habits that have been so prevalent in the last two years in Athens that looked like nothing had changed from the awfulness that was 2010.

At this point, I’m not screaming for anybody’s heads to roll or anything like that, but I’ve finally been pushed to the point that I don’t have the faith anymore in the current regime in Athens to succeed and that this boat of bad habits is just too dang big for them to turn around. They very may well surprise me and go on a run this year that we all hoped for, but for the first time since Mark Richt was announced as the head coach at Georgia in December of 2000 I don’t have any confidence that it will happen.

With all that said, we’ve got a huge game coming up this Saturday that will go a long ways to determining whether last week was merely a blip on the radar and Boise is truly a buzzsaw that we were unfortunate to run into or if it was truly the beginning of the last season in the Mark Richt era. Despite the negativity I’ve displayed openly and internally the past week, I will be in Sanford Stadium on Saturday wearing my red and black and screaming my head off for the young men that represent my alma mater out there. No matter how bad it’s been or will get, that will never change.

Now, for five things I liked and disliked about the game last week:

I liked

  1. Malcolm Mitchell – That kid is a talent.  I hope we figure out a way to get him the ball more.
  2. I-formation – Only successful drive of the night was run from this formation and we looked comfortable in it.
  3. Orson Charles – Same comment as Mitchell above.  Have got to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.
  4. Run defense – Good job by Grantham to scheme to effectively shut down Boise’s running game.  We’re going to need that this weekend.
  5. Bradon Boykin – Most explosive guy in the open field at UGA since Fred Gibson.

What I didn’t like

  1. O-line – Looked like they were on roller skates all night.  Not sure if there’s going to be a quick fix to this thing outside of developing and recruiting some young talent or scouring the JUCO ranks for some ready to play guys.
  2. Lack of offensive identity – I’m not even sure how to begin on this one.  It just looks like Bobo tries too hard to outsmart everybody else and all that he ends up doing in the end is outsmarting himself and his players.  If we want any chance for success he’s going to have to be able to recognize early on in games what is and isn’t working and make sure to focus on the former.  Whether I think he’s capable of doing that is  a half hour conversation that would only make me mad.
  3. Fans booing and blasting players in social media – All the Georgia fans that booed and then got behind their computers to blast players on Twitter and Facebook can go fornicate themselves with a rusty nail.  We don’t want or need you in our fanbase.
  4. Crossing patterns – For the health of my heart, I’d really appreciate it if the UGA defense would defend the middle of the field this weekend.  It’s a strategy that has not been seen in Athens since sometime mid-2005.
  5. ‘Tree going down – ILB and OL are the two areas we could least afford an injury and we got hit hard by losing Alec Ogletree for half the season.

More to come on the South Carolina game later today and tomorrow.

Talking With the Enemy: Q&A with Gamecocks Blogger Gamecock Man

For my first post (I know it’s already Thursday, so sue me) that is Gamecock preview related, earlier this week I exchanged a Q&A with Gamecock Man who runs the South Carolina oriented SB Nation website, Garnet and Black Attack.  Check them out as they do good work over there.  Here are my answers to his questions (note that the questions between us were exchanged prior to the AJ Green news from today):

1. This was the esteemed Senator’s pre-game analysis for last year’s game.  Removing the obvious references to Jon Fabris and Norwood, is there any reason to expect this year’s version to be different, last year’s results notwithstanding?

Yes and no–I don’t expect a high-scoring game, but I also don’t necessarily expect another 13-9 or 14-7-type of game, either. I definitely expect this year’s bout to return to the mean and not look like last year’s Twilight Zone game. That said, from my perspective as a Gamecocks fans, our team appears to have the best offense we’ve had in many years. I don’t doubt that UGA is going to be bringing a stout defense to Columbia, but I also expect that we’re going to find ways to move the ball fairly effectively. On the other hand, the jury is still out on our defense. Although we only gave up 13 points because we were great inside the 30, our defense gave up a whopping 400 yards last week. Granted, a lot of that came on USM’s last couple of drives, while the third-stringers were in, and word is we’ll get a potential All-SEC guy back in Chris Culliver. I also think too much has been made of our inability to hastle USM’s QB; the Golden Eagles were running a lot of quick screens and the like that made it difficult for us to rack up the sacks. Still, we didn’t exactly dominate their offense, and that makes me worry a bit about UGA moving the ball. The one good thing I saw was that we did well defending the run, and slowing down King and Ealey will be really important for us against your team.

Whatever happens, I expect this to be another close one.

2. This may have been my biggest criticism from last week’s USC/Southern Miss game, but was Garcia really that impressive?  If you’d been listening to the Palmer/James train, you’d think he was a front line Heisman contender.  What I saw were a bunch of WR screens coupled with short dump offs to the flats and short crossing routes.  He wasn’t really needed to make a difficult throw down the field, which I assume he will at some point against UGA.  Are South Carolina fans genuinely excited that this could be a big time year for Garcia or is the excitement more along the lines of amazement that he didn’t make any plays that would be considered “dumb” for a change?

I do think you’re right that Palmer and James, and probably some of our fans, overplayed Garcia’s performance last week. He was a little off on two or three throws that could have made the game an even bigger blowout than it was; there was one post route that sticks out in my head where Alshon Jeffery had a huge lead on a mismatched corner but where Garcia threw it behind the route. That said, he did make a couple of really nice downfield throws, so you have to give him credit for those, too. I do think you’re right that some of the reaction may just be people making too much of the fact that they’re just relieved that he didn’t do anything that seemed particularly stupid–he protected the ball and, perhaps even more stunningly, never got sacked despite feeling a bit of pressure at times. That’s progress for him, though, and if he can continue to do that as well as be an excellent passer at least most of the time, I think he can have a pretty good year.

3. I have to ask it, but this whole “hot seat” discussion.  Is this a creation of a zealous media looking for ad revenues and page hits during the off season (I’m looking at you Paul Finebaum), an increasingly vocal minority of UGA fans, or is there some reality to this? (before answering this question, I’d direct you to this blog post by former Gamecock beat writer and current Bulldog beat writer Seth Emerson when posed the same question)

I’m not exactly sure how to approach this question, as I’m not privy to the UGA admin’s feelings about Richt or even your own, although you’re certainly suggesting that he’s not on the hotseat. Here goes, though–as far as guys like Finebaum goes, I think we all know they’re just trying to stir up controversy, draw readers, and increase ad revenue. And certainly, saying Richt is on the hotseat is a little extreme–I couldn’t imagine UGA would fire him unless he completely tanks this year. At the same time, though, isn’t it possible that Richt is starting to feel a little pressure? Don’t get me wrong; I think he’s a great coach who has had a lot of success at UGA. But what happens if he goes 7-5 again? His last few seasons, with the exception of 2007, have looked a lot more like the Goff / Donnan years than Richt’s heyday from 2002-2005. I’m assuming that he’s got to do better than that at least most of the time to keep his job totally secure. All that said, I expect a nine- or ten-win season for the Dawgs this year, which should clear things up nicely for him. But if he struggles, I would think that “vocal minority” might get a lot more listeners than it has right now.

4. Is there really a perpetual Chicago Cub type “next year is our year” mentality around the Gamecock program or is this a myth perpetuated by fans of opposing schools as something to rib our neighbors to the East?

Yes and no. (I think I’ve answered like this to all of your questions, but there it is.) We don’t really believe that every year is the year. Only the most optimistic (some might say insane) Gamecocks fans, for example, believed that we would compete for an SEC Title in either of the past two years. We didn’t have a QB in 2008 and were very young last year, and the reasonable ones out of us were just hoping for winning seasons, maybe eight or nine wins if we got lucky. It’s the vocal minority thing you mentioned, though–the ones expecting SEC Titles are oftentimes the loudest and most obnoxious, and they get taken to be representative of the whole fanbase.

That said, I won’t deny that we’re generally a very hopeful bunch. When trying to figure out why we seem to feel more optimism than our history would allow, you have to remember that, at least in the last decade or so, we haven’t been an awful team. We’ve had a few pretty good years–2000, 2001, and 2005, in particular–and in the others we’ve generally been competitive. Each year seems to have a win or two that could reasonably make one believe that big things are on the way–think UGA in 2007, or Ole Miss last year. And a lot of our losses tend to have this “if only we could have made that one play” kind of quality. There’s a way in which the Gamecocks are constantly dangling the prospect of success right ahead of us, and the fact that it always seems so close makes us believe that eventually it’ll happen.

5. Since both our alma maters have dealt with some level of hand wringing from the NCAA and its apparent lack of commitment to timely responses regarding the eligibility of some players in question (South Carolina didn’t hear until a few hours before kickoff and UGA had to sit out AJ Green for the season opener due to no confirmation from the NCAA on a ruling), what is your thought on the whole process? Hypothetically speaking, let’s say AJ Green is held out this Saturday because no decision has come down and UGA loses by 3 points, but Monday the NCAA determines he was eligible.  If something like that happened, there’s no way the NCAA can win the court of public opinion.  Is there something the NCAA can do to expedite this process or is the NCAA so lacking on credibility at this point anyways, does it even matter if it tries to save face?

(Note–this answer is coming after the Green decision came down.) I think the NCAA really needs to figure out how to make its decisions quickly and equitably. While I don’t want to suggest that it’s played favorites, it has appeared to be inconsistent when it comes to how long it takes to wrap up each investigation, and that–whether malicious or not–is not equitable treatment. In that sense, it’s undermining it’s very purpose in carrying out these investigations, which is presumably to make sure that no one gets an unfair advantage. In that sense, it’s really important for these guys to get on the same page. Unfortunately, almost nothing about their procedure suggests that’s what they want to do; their bylaws and rulings are filled with vague, open-to-interpretation language, and that makes it seem as if they want to be able to hand down rulings in a completely arbitrary manner. At any rate, I think it’s going to be hard for them to come back from the PR hit they’ve taken this offseason. But the writing may be on the wall for them–if a serious conference reorganization was ever to come to pass, don’t be surprised if the conferences try to get together and create a new governing body that works in their interests.

Again, I’d like to thank Gamecock Man for being a good sport and taking some time to answer my questions.

Random Thought while drinking at Atkins Park

If Stephen Garcia can’t handle the constant berates from SOS, how does Carolina win the East this year?

That was exciting, wasn’t it?

Back to late posting after gameday.  Once again take your shots at the humble blogger’s Auburn grad of a roommate for not ponying up the cash for interwebs access for the late posting. 

What’s Dawgs of Interest are saying about the game

  • The Senator has some good stuff up after a second viewing of the game (I think he just enjoys aging faster than the rest of us or something). 
  • T. Kyle King lays out the argument for why South Carolina fans shouldn’t be hanging their hands based on posts from Gamecock Man over at Garnet & Black Attack and cocknfire over at Team Speed Kills (I think I jumped to conclusions with the comments I made, but I bet had the shoe been on the other foot I would have very different emotions about the game).
  • Bernie has some thoughts on the Special Teams play.
  • The boys over at Bubba ‘N Earl love them some Rennie Curran.

Random thoughts as I left Sanford Stadium on Saturday night:

  • It was very, very weird not sitting in the student section for the first time in seven seasons.  The crowd is not nearly as fun when you’re not in the middle of a bunch of drunken 19/20 year olds.
  • Until Saturday night the fastest player I’d ever seen live on a football field was some combination of Pat White/Steve Slaton tearing it up on the Georgia Dome’s turf.  Branden Smith might be faster.
  • We have something very, very special in AJ Green.  I don’t want to turn this into a Julio Jones/AJ Green debate because I think they are both superstars and we’d be lucky to have either, but damn does AJ make the life of a QB easier.
  • Rennie Curran is the new David Pollack/Thomas Davis/Greg Blue of this defense.  He is the unquestioned heart and soul and plays like his hair is on fire.  Damn good Dawg.

What I liked:

  • Joe Cox showed me something Saturday night.  For all the complaints about how he threw wounded ducks out there, I saw some unexpected zip on passes, particularly the TD to Michael Moore.  That pick-6 was atrocious though and we have to realize that even though he’s a 5th year senior that knows the playbook inside and out, he’s still going to have rookie moments.  There’s a big difference between running an effective practice and bringing that to the playing field.  You can’t stare down a receiver and not expect an All-SEC LB to make the play.  All in all, a good night for him by completing 71% of his passes with 2 TDs and the 1 INT.
  • Richard Samuel took that criticism to heart and played like his job depended on it.  He was running like a madmen and was damn near unstoppable in the 2nd quarter on that drive where he capped it off with the 1 yard TD run.  What a night for that young man, although I’d like to see him get a few more touches in the game because he looked like he can be that every-down back that Knowshon has been the last year and a half.
  • AJ Green.  ‘Nuff said.
  • Touchbacks on kickoffs.  Another ’nuff said.
  • Orson Charles’ hands.  Just wow.
  • Branden Smith’s ability to turn the corner and recover on coverage.  Wow, that dude is quick.
  • Brandon Boykin.  David Hale has been saying all offseason that this was going to be a breakout year for Boykin and boy did he ever break out on Saturday.  Longest play in Bulldogs history coupled with quite an acrobatic INT.  This guy looks like he could be scaring kick-off teams for the rest of the year.  Heck, he scared Spurrier so much that he resorted to pooch kicking the ball to the 35 yard line in the 2nd half.
  • The defensive pass rush.  There’s been a lot of criticism after this game about not getting enough pressure on Garcia and letting him pick us apart.  I beg to differ.  I watched the line of scrimmage all night from my seat and the front four was getting a great push and making Garcia uncomfortable.  I counted no less than 4 times that Garcia avoided a sack to make a positive play.  You just have to tip your hat to a guy for playing a career game and realize that other than Tebow Georgia isn’t going to face a more mobile QB.  I feel very good about those guys right now even with the loss of Rod Battle to an ACL tear.
  • The red zone defense.  Say what you will about the yardage given up, but when it came to crunch time the defense clamped down and kept the Gamecocks out of the endzone.  Excellent job and 100 cocktails to each of them after all the criticism they’ve taken in the last year.
  • Stephen Garcia/Steve Spurrier.  I can appreciate a great performance and we saw two on Saturday from those two.  Steve Spurrier realized that we couldn’t cover the middle of the field and exploited it to a “T”, once again confirming that he might be the greatest play caller I’ve ever seen alongside David Cutcliffe.  Garcia played the game of his life.  He didn’t make the big time throws down the field, but took what the defense gave him and completed the short passes over the middle.  This is a vast departure from the Outback Bowl last year and we might have seen the emergence of that elusive QB that Spurrier has been waiting on in Columbia.
  • Not having to hear the “Fire (Insert Name of Assistant Coach)” chants on the way out of the stadium.
  • Smoking cigars on North Campus while tailgating with my college buddies.  Muy bien, fellas.
  • Being 1-0 in the SEC.
  • Georgia state troopers fist-bumping behind Steve Spurrier after Rennie Curran deflected the final pass.  Provide me with their names and addresses and they will both be receiving a fine bottle of bourbon from me.

What I didn’t like:

  • Reshad Jones’ luck.  Did the guy pee in the Cheerio’s of the head of SEC officials or something?  What an atrocious call on another good play from Jones who has been absolutely outstanding thusfar this year.  On the other hand, this was a pretty poorly officiated game both ways.  Is it me or does it seem like officiating just gets worse every year?  At what point do we just say “We’re not taking it anymore, replay has to be available for every call.”?
  • Turnover margin.  You can’t keep going -5 in TO margin every two games and expect to go 1-1 in them.  This is something that needs to be shored up or it truly will bite us in the ass.  Flip that TO margin to +1 and I argue we’re probably 2-0.
  • If you’re going to turn it over, do it on the other side of the field.  For the love of all holy quit giving the opposing offense less than 50 yards to pay dirt.  They’re going to score points and it’s just tough on the defense.
  • Time of possession.  At the half, the TOP was 2:1 in favor of the Gamecocks.  The defense can’t be on the field for 20 minutes a half or it won’t make it past game 6.  We’ve got to start sustaining drives.
  • The half that wouldn’t end.  That 1st half felt like the longest 1st half in the history or televised football at least from the stands.
  • 5-8 yard dumps over the middle.  It was like the death of 1,000 cuts.  Stop that and you effectively ended South Carolina’s only offensive threat.  I have to believe that Bobby Petrino saw that and is just salivating over it.  We’ve got to do a better job of defending that area of the field.  Other than the turnovers, my only defensive complaint of the night.
  • Branden Smith taking the ball out of the end zone.  Someone seriously chain him to the goal posts when he practices fielding kicks this week so he gets used to staying there.
  • The seeming inability to prevent our lineman’s ACL’s from snapping.  At some point it just isn’t fair anymore.  I feel terrible for Battle as this is his senior year and who knows if he’ll be eligible for a medical redshirt if he elects to try and come back.  I feel for ya, big guy.
  • The inability of our tailgaters to clean up after themselves.  I walked back through North Campus after the game and it looked like a landfill.  If someone doesn’t clean up after themselves, they deserve to be flogged mercilessly as far as I’m concerned.  It’s a beautiful campus and lets keep it that way, people.
  • Seeing the score of the Houston/Oklahoma State game cross the big scoreboard.  Way to screw the pooch, fellas.  The more I think about it the more I feel like that game was just a huge setup  for us to fail.  Highest hyped game in the history of the program for the highest hyped team in the history of the program on the day that the token bazillionaire opened his new palace had disaster written all over it.  Glad to see they came back to earth.

Anyways, those were my thoughts.  I made this comment on the way out, but that was the 2nd best game I’ve ever attended to Sanford Stadium.  It had everything you could want.  Lots of scoring, late defensive stop near the goal, great catches by receivers, great QB play on both sides, and a rocking atmosphere.  Granted, I may have aged about 5 years in those 4 hours, but it was certainly an unforgettable night. 

The Senator said something along these lines, but it bears repeating.  After watching this team live, I can say that there is a ton of raw talent out there on the field.  Once these guys all figure out where they’re supposed to be and what they’re supposed to be doing, this could be a pretty good ballclub.  I wouldn’t be the least bit shocked to see this team just collectively “get it” at some point this season and go on a 2007-esque run.  I still think this is most likely an 8-4/9-3 team so I don’t expect that to happen, but it sure wouldn’t surprise me.  I think this could be a fun team to watch for better or worse and the talent I saw out there makes me very glad for the stability that Coach Richt has brought to this program that didn’t exist during the 90s.  Anyways, to kick off Hogs week I’ll leave you with this.

It's a bird!  No, it's a plane!  No, it's AJ Green being a badass!

It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's AJ Green being a badass!

Know thine enemy: South Carolina edition

Well, I was going to waste 1,500+ words giving you a bunch of useless information about South Carolina and Georgia, but I came across the Senator’s preview earlier this morning and realized that it was just perfect.  So in the auspice of being lazy, I have nothing to add except betting advice.  I think Georgia wins the game, but it’s a safe bet to take South Carolina and the 7 points.  As I mentioned yesterday, I think the under in this game (38) is the safest best you’ll make all year other than picking Florida straight up against Georgia.