4. Don’t Lose At South Carolina
Winners of four of the last five meetings – including a 24-10 takedown last year – Georgia hasn’t had too many problems lately with the Gamecocks. But this year will be different.
Will Muschamp might not have the Georgia star power on his side, but he’s got a rock-solid team in place, starting with QB Jake Bentley, and with the expected healthy return of do-it-all playmaker Deebo Samuel to help the cause.
The defense is going to be every bit as nasty as last year’s version, the special teams are going to be excellent, and all the pieces should be in place for the Muschamp grinding, take-advantage-of-every-opportunity style of football to muck everything up.
And it’s in Columbia, too, in the SEC opener on September 8th.
Great teams feed off the energy of the opposing crowds, and road games can actually be a positive sometimes in terms of taking the pressure off. But for a program that’s looking for a gigantic breakthrough victory, this is the tone-setter for Muschamp and USC.
The Gamecocks don’t get Alabama, LSU or Auburn from the West, but they do have to go to Florida. In other words, the SEC slate isn’t all that bad.
Georgia can certainly run the table no matter what after this game, but lose, and it doesn’t control its own destiny in the East race.
But to win a game like this, Georgia has to …