Will Muschamp outlined the upcoming matchup against Georgia as their toughest test of the year, but will not treat this week any differently.
The Gamecocks haven’t won in Athens since 2011, and South Carolina goes “between the hedges” against a Bulldogs squad ranked #2 in the nation and are beating their opponents by an average of 26 points per game, the fifth-highest margin in the nation.
Georgia’s rushing attack ranks 10th in the nation at 284 yards per contest, and Muschamp knows it’s the foundation of their success this season.
Muschamp on Georgia
Muschamp recognizes that the offense, while predictable in scheme and nature, is still apt to getting explosive plays. The key he believes is to create on the edge, and make sure guys hold their lanes.
Muschamp on Georgia Offense
Much of the conversation leading up to this week centers around the hype of playing a team with a high-ranking like Georgia’s along with the exposure of playing on CBS.
The signature television package hasn’t been kind to the Gamecocks, holding a 5-15 record in regular season matchups televised by CBS. The last win on CBS came against the Bulldogs, but at Williams-Brice Stadium in 2014.
Muschamp said he doesn’t need to add any hype to this game, nor does he need to remind his players of the importance of this game.
Muschamp on hype
The Gamecocks are coming off a 34-27 victory over Vanderbilt, and despite being outgained overall, showed a consistent offensive output. The running game provided its best effort of the year, gaining 212 yards, including a career-high 121-yard game from running back AJ Turner.
Muschamp believes while they’ve honed in on a comfort zone, they need to be ready to adapt to what Georgia brings to the table. He also says despite the connection to Georgia as an undergrad, you start to change your loyalty to “the school that signs your checks.”
Muschamp on USC offense and Georgia connections
Injury-wise, the Gamecocks come into the week fairly healthy, as Cory Helms and Dennis Daley are expected back from the ailments they suffered in the Vanderbilt game. Muschamp said Malik Young is the “furthest away” health-wise, and will be re-evaluated later in the week.
LB Sherrod Greene is expected back on defense, and WR Chad Terrell ran Tuesday morning which should bolster their depth.
The Gamecocks and Bulldogs play at 3:30 Saturday afternoon on CBS.