David Cloninger

Can USC get to 20 points and edge the Bulldogs?

South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp
South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp tdominick@thestate.com

It’s really no question if the Gamecocks’ defense can shut teams down. They’ve proven they can.

The question is if USC can score enough points to make the defensive effort worth it.

The Gamecocks have scored a high of 20 points this season, and that was with Brandon McIlwain playing the entire game. With him regressing the past two weeks and Perry Orth jump-starting the passing game against Texas A&M, Will Muschamp said he doesn’t know who will start against Georgia but that both QBs will play.

The Bulldogs are reeling but will probably have their preferred offense back this week. That is, hand the ball to Nick Chubb in the middle and Sony Michel on the edges and hope quarterback Jacob Eason doesn’t have to do too much. The Gamecocks have let some big runs get past them but mostly have been reliable and I believe they’ll be able to hold Georgia to under 20.

Can USC get to 20? I’m thinking the Gamecocks’ three-headed tailback approach, particularly freshman Rico Dowdle, can get them close. Elliott Fry, seeking to atone for two misses last week, is perfect and Muschamp dusts off one of the trick plays he didn’t use last week to hang an L on the ol’ alma mater.