South Carolina football hosts Georgia on Saturday in Columbia. Here are your three keys to a South Carolina victory.
By Don Yates
1. Be a copy cat
On Saturday Mississippi State, a non-juggernaut like South Carolina, came surprisingly close to defeating Georgia, losing just 31-24. The Gamecocks can certainly learn from State’s game with the Bulldogs. A few things jump out when you look at the stats for that game. The State Bulldogs completed 41 of 52 passes for 336 yards. Despite throwing so much they won the time of possession battle controlling the ball for 32 minutes to Georgia’s just under 28 minutes. Defensively, MSU held Georgia to a stunning total eight yards rushing. State had no turnovers in the game and just three penalties for 25 yards. South Carolina won’t be able to adopt State’s schemes and plays in just a few days of practice but they can learn a few useful things from this game. Really though, this South Carolina team actually defeated Georgia last season in what was likely Will Muschamp’s shining achievement as head coach for the Gamecocks. It certainly isn’t an impossible feat to the guys wearing Garnet.
2. Contain Daniels
JT Daniels is a sophomore quarterback who transferred from Southern Cal to Georgia. Last week in the win over Mississippi State Daniels got his first start for the Bulldogs and did very good completing 28 of 38 passes for 401 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. At Southern Calb as a freshman starter, Daniels passed for over 2,600 yards. Simply put, he is a player the Gamecock defense has to get some pressure on to be successful. If they fail to get that pressure Daniels will pick the Gamecocks apart and South Carolina will be staring at another loss.
3. Go out a winner
Saturday will be the final home game for many Gamecock seniors. The season may seem to some like a bad dream that they want to get over. There are better days ahead for sure but on Saturday it’s about recognizing the dedication of these seniors who have given so much to the program. It’s their day, send them out a winner.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). You can watch this South Carolina football game on the SEC Network.