We all know this weekend's match up inside and out. We've all read enough enough analysis and prognostication to fill a three volume set. Soon there will be no more wondering how Georgia's running backs will fare against Clemson's defense, or praying that Boyd won't find every seam in our inexperienced secondary. We've spent months assuring ourselves that Aaron Murray's last trip to South Carolina won't be like his last trip to South Carolina. I for one am tired of all the delineations and want the game to be here.But there is one minutiae that has been overlooked, and I believe it is an edge the Georgia Bulldogs.
A few months ago I came across this Youtube video of Clemon's offseason weight training program. What struck me is just how bad these top-flight athletes look in the weight room. I mean, I am no professional. But as a seasoned amateur weightlifter I can tell when a guy looks like he is about to launch an L5 disc across the room Jugs machine style. The video is a montage to terrible form, unimaginative exercises with bad form, bad technique, a pretty clear example of a bad way to bench press, that which is uncomfortable to watch, and bad form (why in the world do you need everyone to wear weight belts to clean 135lbs anyway?). I did notice one bright spot for whoever is leading up Clemson's S&C department, but I doubt that Malliciah Goodman will be suiting up in Death Valley next Saturday.
Contrast that against Georgia's world class strength and condition highlighted here and featured here. I know we are comparing snapshots and nothing comprehensive, but if were place the two highlights side by side (and presumably a highlight would represent a program at its best) we see that Georgia is progressive and well-coached while Clemson looks like a second tier (Read: ACC) program.
Does that mean Georgia wins the game? No. Does it make a difference in terms of conditioning and injury prevention?Absolutely.