It's Monday morning, and you and I both have a lot to get accomplished before football Saturday arrives. While the victory over Clemson was nice, this weekend is when the real season starts. You haven't played any football until you start playing conference football. But before we turn our attention to the things we must turn our attention to you, let's take a look at what is going on around Bulldog Nation.
Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley doubtful for South Carolina - The Red and Black : Sports
On Sunday, Georgia head coach Mark Richt spoke with the media ahead of Georgia’s Southeastern Conference opener against No. 24 South Carolina. Richt and the No. 6 Bulldogs will travel to Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday for a 3:30 kickoff on CBS, and will do so it appears without two major big play threats. Would I feel better if Mitchell and Scott-Wesley were in good health and/or free of disciplinary constraint? Of course I would. I would also like it if barbecue lunches were tax deductible and if Steve Spurrier suffered from a crippling rash which could only be cured by losing to Georgia by three touchdowns. But that ain't the world we live in.
Breaking Down South Carolina | A look at some of Steve Spurrier's favorite passing concepts. | The Blawg House
Speaking of the Head Ball Coach, The Blawg House Took a quick look at some of the passing concepts which form the Spurrier offense. There's nothing particularly groundbreaking here, and in that respect Spurrier's offense shares a lot with the Mark Richt/Mike Bobo attack, which relies heavily on play action and traditional passing concepts like the "levels" route scheme. As has been said here many times, you don't have to be groundbreaking to be successful. Just do stuff that works, execute it better than your opponent, and if possible do so using superior personnel. It's really easy, right?
Spurrier on Gurley: 'He's gonna get his yards' | Bulldogs Beat with Seth Emerson | Macon.com
Steve Spurrier addresses his team's ability to stop Todd Gurley, as Georgia stays at No. 6 in the polls while South Carolina drops a few spots. Coach Spurrier knows that his defensive front is going to give up some yards. Todd Gurley is one of those backs who can turn a 2 yard loss into a 3 yard gain by sheer bent of will. But I guarantee you that thing that he and Lorenzo Ward are stressing is that they will not let Todd Gurley win the game. They will force Hutson Mason to beat them.
Georgia Sports Blog: "Gamecocks will need to play better to beat Georgia next week."
I am as pessimistic as they come, but even I have to admit that South Carolina is probably going to need a lot more than they have shown so far in order to emerge victorious on Saturday. However, experience has taught me that a hot afternoon in Columbia is a great place to play below your potential. And that Steve Spurrier knows enough about coaching football but his team will improve versus what they have shown. South Carolina will indeed need its best effort of the season to prevail. However, I would be surprised if that's not exactly what we see.
That should get your day off to a sufficiently red and black start. We'll be back later with more news and analysis. Until then… Go 'Dawgs!!!!