Steve Spurrier has been a thorn in the side of Georgia Bulldog football for the better part of two decades. While he was the head coach at Florida, Spurrier began to dominate the Florida-Georgia rivalry. Spurrier went 10-1 against the Dawgs. When Spurrier announced his intention to leave his Alma mater for the National Football League in after the 2001 season, Bulldog Nation was quietly thankful.
Since his return to coaching on Saturdays, Spurrier has looked to continue his winning ways over Georgia. Until last season, though, it appeared that the ole ball coach had left the “Fun N’ Gun” offense in Gainesville. Upon his arrival in Carolina, Spurrier is 2-4 against Georgia in his stint with the Gamecocks.
However, last season, Georgia saw a glimpse of the man who had tormented them at Florida. South Carolina wore out the Dawgs 17-6. The game is also remembered as the coming out party for Marcus Lattimore, as he rushed for 182 yards, and two touchdowns. 2010 would also yield South Carolina’s first SEC East crown.
As the South Carolina game looms, Georgia finds themselves backed into an early corner. Fans are already groaning at the possibility of an 0-2 start. However, many Georgia fans are missing the point of what Saturday afternoon’s game represents: An opportunity. Georgia has the chance to beat a top 15 team, inject some life into a reeling fan base, and put a huge damper on a bitter rival’s title hopes all at the same time. If the Dogs can pull off the upset, then fans will stop voicing their displeasure and start celebrating the fact that the Dawgs are the early favorite in the SEC East.