While the South Carolina offense seems to be trending upward ahead of the matchup against Georgia, the defense took a step back against Vanderbilt last week.
The Commodores outgained USC last week, pushing them for 440 yards in an effort that reminded Gamecocks fans more of the NC State game instead of the defensive showings of recent memory.
The yardage gained by Vanderbilt was South Carolina’s second highest total allowed this season, and the 6.1 yards per play tied a season-high with the Missouri game during Week 2.
Defensive back Chris Lammons knows their effort needs to be better against Georgia:
A big improvement for South Carolina has been its rush defense, an area they will need to excel in against the Bulldogs. Outside of the two losses to Kentucky and Texas A&M, USC is allowing 113 yards rushing per game. That average also includes an outlier, with USC allowing 178 rushing yards in the Week 2 win over Mizzou.
Georgia has the 10th best rushing attack in the country at 284 yards per game, and the combined rushing total of the Bulldogs two leading rushers, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel would singularly lead the country (1,394).
If South Carolina can hang with the Bulldogs, they will need a big game out of leading tackler TJ Brunson:
One way South Carolina can gain an edge is through the turnover battle, where they have excelled this season. USC has forced more turnovers than their opponents in four of their seven games, and they’ve only lost the turnover battle once, in the win over Louisiana Tech.
The Gamecocks and Bulldogs play Saturday at 3:30 on CBS.