In this Monday morning edition of Dawg Bites, we're getting the week started off on the right foot as we prepare for Georgia's biggest test of the season so far, a Top 10 Showdown against the only team in the SEC East to beat the Dawgs each of the last two years, the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Following a closer than comfort win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, our beloved Dawgs now prepare themselves for a trip to Columbia, South Carolina, to take on Steve Spurrier's sixth ranked squad of squawkers.
Marc Weiszer has an article detailing the importance of the game, and notes that this is the first Top-10 matchup in the history of the Georgia-South Carolina rivalry. The new AP rankings came out for this week, and while there were some changes in the top 10, Georgia and South Carolina remained in the fifth and sixth spots in the poll, respectively.
In case you missed it, it's also important to note that College Gameday will be visiting Columbia this weekend, marking the fifth time in the past eleven years that the popular college football show has made it to the
armpit of the South Palmetto State's capital. South Carolina is 1-3 when Gameday's come to town, and they're 0-1 against the Dawgs.
Patrick Brown of the Chattanooga Times Free Press has an article detailing Derek Dooley's new emphasis on shoring up the run defense of Tennessee. Gee, Coach, you think?
Marc Weiszer also has some quotes from Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier about the game this week. I think Richt's quote about being able to watch film on the Gamecocks from this season, as opposed to having to prepare for the game with last year's videotapes, is well taken. I'll be quite interested to see what particular pieces of South Carolina's offense Todd Grantham focuses on shutting down.
Speaking of Coach Grantham, here's a video of him discussing the game from this past Saturday. The defense certainly left a little to be desired in some of their red zone performances on Saturday, but I have no doubt that when Grantham says 'we'll get it taken care of', he means 'we'll get it taken care of'.
Finally, I want to talk a little about this past Saturday. Georgia won a game that it could have completely Munsoned (and I don't mean Larry). 'Munsoned?' you might say...'what the hell is that?' You know...Munsoned. To have the world in the palm of your hand, and then blow it. It's a figure of speech. But ultimately, I have to congratulate the team. A true champion doesn't quit, and neither did they. Now, this week, here's to hoping the team is able to perform once again. The last time we saw the Dawgs in a Top 10 SEC game with College Gameday visiting, they truly did Munson it, completely wetting the bed against Alabama. I have a feeling that this team is going to come out a little differently, and they're going to get redemption, just like Roy Munson. After that, they'll be on a gravy train with biscuit wheels. Have a Happy Monday, folks, and I hope you're ready for the showdown...
Oh, and, as always, Go Dawgs!