UGA SEC Opener 2014: Dawgs Face Gamecocks

mark_richt_steve_spurrierGeorgia – South Carolina – Expectations Versus Hope
Bulldog Nation expects to contend for the Southeastern Conference Championship.  The Gamecocks hope the past two weeks were not a harbinger of things to come.  After giving up 52 points at home in the SEC opener, Steve Spurrier and South Carolina enter week three with their backs against the conference wall.  Still, the Ole’ Ball Coach has made a living turning Bulldogs into bad Dawgs.

Bulldog Nation – Maintain Momentum
Sanford Stadium featured a raucous crowd firmly behind the home team, leading UGA to a convincing week one win over Clemson.  Now, the Bulldogs must visit South Carolina to face a desperate conference foe.  The Dawgs must not give Cocky and company anything easy early, as Georgia has the talent to pull away late.

Feed the Beast – Embrace the Heisman Hype
Todd Gurley leads the way with regard to early Heisman Trophy hype.  After scoring four touchdowns in the first game of 2014, the eyes of the college football world are on TGIII.  Bulldog Nation has a stable of running backs in its arsenal.  TGIII leads the way, but running backs such as Keith Marshall, Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel have proven able to contribute when called upon.

Jeremy Pruitt Makes Immediate Impact in Athens
Georgia’s biggest move this past offseason occurred off the field when the Dawgs hired Jeremy Pruitt to be their defensive coordinator.  In 2013, Pruitt’s FSU defense dominated college football.  At present, the Bulldogs appear poised to bring defensive dominance back between the hedges.  Let us not get ahead of ourselves though, two great quarters only represents progress, not a finished product.

South Carolina’s Secondary Sucks
Georgia’s running game was special in week one.  However,  the Gamecock’s biggest weakness is found in their secondary.  After giving up more than 500 yards through the air against the Aggies of A&M, Carolina gave up 321 more passing yards to East Carolina last week.

If one puts their ear to the crowd anywhere in the college football universe it is almost possible to hear the Georgia bandwagon piling up.  From a fan standpoint the hype is a lot of fun, but it will be interesting to see whether UGA can manage expectations.  As for the opposition, Steve Spurrier’s mouth is the only thing crowing right now in Carolina.

Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs 31, South Carolina Gamecocks 17.
Other than Steve Spurrier’s propensity to make life miserable for Georgia, there is not much to indicate the Gamecocks can keep up with the Bulldogs.  South Carolina has looked average at best, while UGA is in pretty much every early College Football Playoff bracket.  If South Carolina is victorious Saturday afternoon, it will speak far more about Georgia being overrated than the fighting Spurrier’s being underrated.

For what it’s worth, Steve Spurrier has a record of 15-6 coaching against the University of Georgia. Even so, five of those losses have come during his tenure in Carolina.  The father of the “fun n’ gun” offense may not have much fun in 2014.

UPDATE: Urgent Memo to Georgia – Be on the lookout for fake punts.

UGA Football Recruiting 2014 – New Running Backs

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Rest easy UGA IX. Fall will be here before you know it.

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall Will not be Around Forever
Much to the dismay of Bulldog Nation, year two of Gurshall was cut short due to injury.  Still, Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley are two of the most talented tailbacks in college football. One can reasonably surmise that both members of the duo aspire to play professional football, which they both have the option to pursue following the 2014 season.

The purpose of this post is not to opine about whether Todd Gurley or Keith Marshall will leave the University of Georgia early.  Rather, we aim to spotlight the bright future being cultivated by the Georgia Bulldogs at the running back position.

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are Ranked in the Top Ten
The 2014 G-Day Game has come and gone.  College football now shifts into summer, and the calm before the storm.  Bulldog Nation continues the process of welcoming this year’s recruiting class.

Rather than endeavoring to analyze the group as a whole we aim to serve Bulldog Nation by spotlighting two talented tailbacks.

According to ESPN, Sony Michel is currently the number-two running back prospect in the country, while Nick Chubb is rated as the eighth highest incoming tailback.  Both young men look forward to playing football at the University of Georgia.



Both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are listed at 5’11” tall.  Chubb currently has a size advantage over Michel, outweighing him 216 to 205.

Nick Chubb Sets Lofty Goals
Chubb and Michel were teammates at the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January, and the two are excited about playing college football between the hedges in Athens.  Nick Chubb told ESPN he is focused on making his name mean something to Bulldog Nation. “I’m going in behind guys like Herschel  Walker and Todd Gurley, two of the best running backs ever. I’m going to make a name for myself and do my best.”



Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have proven to be uniquely talented tailbacks. Bulldog Nation should continue to marvel at their ability, but it is nice to know the future is in capable hands.