South Carolina vs. Georgia: Steve Spurrier Talks Bulldogs


Based on his comments at his weekly press conference, South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier probably feels the same way about Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley that a lot of others do.

It would be hard to disagree with him. Gurley went off for 15 carries and 198 yards in the season opener against Clemson. Not some podunk school from FCS. Against Clemson, who’s projected to be a pretty good team this year.

What will Gurley do against the Gamecocks defense? Will Carolina be able to pin him down or let him go off like he did against the Tigers? Time will tell.

–Spurrier expressed concern about letting opposing offenses stay on the field.

That has been a struggle. We saw it a lot against Texas A&M (12 for 17), and we saw it early on against ECU. The Gamecocks simply have to find a way to end drives quickly and get the defense off the field.

–There’s no doubt in Spurrier’s mind about the magnitude of this contest.

I checked back to see the SEC East champions over the past few years, and from 2011-2013, no team with more than one loss won the division. The last team to do it with more than one loss: these Gamecocks in 2010 (5-3). I doubt 5-3 will be good enough to win it this year.

–Other bits and pieces from the presser:

A big vote of confidence for Alan Knott.

As far as current Gamecocks being injured:

From the sounds of it, they both should be OK to go on Saturday without any major setbacks.

We also got HBC’s thoughts on the Ray Rice situation.