Welcome to the Gamecocks live chat with reporter Ryan Wood. Send us your questions, comments or concerns about the game vs Georgia.
Yep. Plugged in at Panera Bread, and ready to go.
Ryan has literally just joined the Post and Courier staff.
Ryan, you covered Auburn, correct?
Sure did. Talk about a program that knows how to pack the greatest heights and deepest depths together in a couple years.
I've gone back and forth with what to expect Saturday a lot. On one hand, you've got a Georgia team seething after its 0-1 start, and returning to home is the perfect remedy for getting over a tough opening week. On the other hand, the Bulldogs offensive line couldn't plug a nosebleed, much less Jadeveon Clowney.
I'm thinking it will be a tight game, but USC wins 24-21. Big field goal late. And, yes, that's Elliott Fry's music.
I'm not sure Todd Gurley will be 100 percent, but his 80-90 percent is still better than most running backs in the country. Stopping Gurley and Georgia's running game was the biggest key before star WR Malcolm Mitchell injured his knee. With Mitchell out, it may be the only key.
If the Gamecocks make it past Georgia, there isn't a team that can have serious hopes of beating them until Nov. 16, when Florida comes to Williams-Brice. Sorry, but road trips to Arkansas and Missouri, games against Vandy and Kentucky, don't scare anybody.
It's hard to say, especially as I'm still getting acquainted with this program and it's fan base. But, when interim Gamecocks beat writer Andrew Miller checked out hotels in the area, he told me there was nothing this side of Athens. That seems to indicate there will be plenty of USC fans in Sanford Stadium.
He didn't play well, certainly not to his standards. But, it was extremely hot, UNC's up-tempo offense limits any team's pass rush, and (most importantly) it was only one game. If Clowney plays the same way Saturday, there should be some concern. I don't expect he will.
Steve Spurrier said Waldrop's status was "wait and see." On Tuesday, I saw him in a walking boot, and on crutches. That's never a good sign. That said, Waldrop went through tests Wednesday, he'll likely have more today. I expect it to be a game-time decision.
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.
That's a good point to stop for the day. Thanks to all that participated. I know colleague Aaron Brenner and I would like to make this a regular thing, so tell your friends, tell your loved ones, tell anybody. Until next time, take care.