Saturday, September 13, 2008

Football Prediction: Georgia vs. SC

This game scares me. Steve Spurrier has had extra time to prepare and South Carolina is playing for respect.

Georgia is playing for revenge. They beat us last year at home and we owe them one.

I'd love to see Georgia romp. Let's put up 45 points. Maybe 45 to 13.

But the realist in me remembers something troubling. Georgia's goal line offense. When we had the ball against Central Michigan, we couldn't blow their guys off the ball and punch it in. Sure, we scored eventually, but when your offensive line outweighs their guys by probably 30 to 40 pounds at each position, and you have the advantage of knowing the snap count, a good team is supposed to line up and score easily. Georgia did not.

Therefore, the question is raised: Can Georgia move the ball against a really good defense? We had two seniors on the line last year and couldn't score an offensive touchdown at home. How can we do it this year at their place with the new guys we have up front?

Football is won in the trenches. Respect is just as compelling, if not more so, than revenge. Unless Georgia plays mistake-free football, it's going to be very close. I'm predicting 23 to 17, Georgia, but it could just as easily be the other way.

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