If USC's defense can't stop Georgia's running game, it's going to a long night. No way around that. That said, as Gene Sapakoff pointed out this week, the one glaring void on Shaw's resume is a big road win. Dylan Thompson doesn't have that problem, helping to beat Clemson on the road last season. I wouldn't say Shaw has to have a big game, but he has to limit mistakes, control the offense and generally prove he can win the big one on the road.
Well, I wouldn't say Boyd is practice for Shaw, even if there are some similarities. Boyd has an explosiveness most quarterbacks in the country, including Shaw, can't match. That said, the same type of keys apply this week. Georgia can't allow Shaw to have a big game with his legs, something he's done in the past.
That's a good question. It's always hard to know how accurate preseason/early polls are, especially in the first week of September. When Georgia's offense is clicking, it may be the best unit in the country. The Bulldogs defense makes them beatable. How far Georgia goes this season will depend on that side of the ball.
I understand that. Lots of people feel that way. I believe polls are fun, and should be taken only as fun until much later in the season, when they actually matter. There's a reason the BCS doesn't come out until much later in the fall. Early-season polls are talking points for fans and media, maybe validation for some teams. They aren't serious.
Thanks everybody. We'll have another Gamecocks blog up during the game. You can ask chat with Ryan during halftime.
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