Posted: 10/2/2012 10:59:04 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 2MuchJohnson4U:
I like SC in this one...night game...at home. This is the best defense UGA has seen so far. SC's defense has held opponents to 20 pts or less in 9 straight games. Plus Murray can be careless with the ball and UGA's RB's are both true freshman. UT exposed UGA's defense last week. Granted SC doesnt have the playmakers at WR that UT does, but Spurrier hasn't forgotten how to design a passing attack. UNDER 57 seems like a good bet as well.
I'm not buying the fact that UT exposed UGA's defense last week. Tennessee scored 44 points yes, but they scored 20 of those points off of two red zone turnovers and a pick 6. That leaves UT with 24 points off of long/actual drives. I think that's pretty good considering the UT offense is very explosive. I do agree that it was scary to see how much success Tennessee had running the ball. I'm not sure why this was, but I did think UT did a good job blocking upfront and they have a better OL than USC. Another factor could be that it was ILB Alec Ogletree's first game back from suspension.
Despite the points, I did see a few bright spots for the UGA defense. One is that they held the top NFL WR prospect, Justin Hunter, to 3 receptions for 46 yards and no TDs. Hunter came into the game averaging over 100 yards per game, and UGA did a great job in coverage to limit his role in the game. Another bright spot is how UGA's defense made plays when it mattered. They forced 2 INTs at the end of the game to seal the victory when the offense stalled.
The bottom line is that UGA played a very sloppy game, which I'm glad they got out of the way. If I know Grantham like I think I do, he will hammer the defense this week to correct their errors.
I think this game will ultimately come down to three things:
1) How the UGA Front 7 handles Marcus Lattimore in the 2nd half.
2) How much pressure the USC DEs put on Aaron Murray.
3) Which team wins the turnover battle.