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"HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS"
The football field the last two years
I've wondered the exact same thing myself. I even posted a similar thread a couple of months back when I first started hearing that nonsense. I said this several times but I'll say it again. We will absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, beat the living snot out of South Carolina. The game will not be close. It will be competitive until the adrenaline and emotion subside. When pure football skill and talent take over, we'll crush them. Then you'll see everyone jump on the bandwagon.
Art Schlichter's cellmates and Mo Clarett's rugby team believe Ohio State always does things honestly.....
My poor analysis is based on experience today, not at the end of the season.
Offense-USC 6 returning starters.
QB-I would rather have Murray, but with Lattimore, they just want Shaw NOT TO LOSE. He was #1 in the country in passer efficiency his last four games. He was lights out. He also ran for over 500 yards, which we seem to struggle with mobile QB's.
RB-Obviously Lattimore is a great running back. He singlehandedly beat us 2 years ago and only gets stronger as the game goes on. Senior Kenny Miles is more than serviceable. Sophomore Brandon Wilds ran for close to 500 yards after Lattiscore went down. Just on experience, I would go with USC even with the injury
WR- Ace Sanders Junior,; DeAngelo Smith, Junior; D.L. Moore Senior,
They lost Alshon Jeffery, but return their next 7 best receivers. I will objectively say we are tied at WR until I see some 2012 football. I think the ceiling is MUCH higher for the WR's at UGA.
TE-They return 2 starting TE's. I give them the edge today based solely on experience. I think ours will be great.
O-line: LG A.J. Cann (Sophomore, 6-4 309/13 starts); C T.J. Johnson (Senior, 6-6 319/40 starts) LT Brandon Shell (Redshirt freshman, 6-6 331); RG Ronald Patrick (Junior, 6-2 305); RT Mike Matulis (Sophomore, 6-5 274/4 starts)
The first 2 are vets now. They are replacing 3 O-linemen as well. But they have one reliable backup if someone goes down. After that they are real thin.
Defense-5 returning starters (Clowney wasn't a starter). Lost the Ellis Johnson.
D-Line-Their d line is going to be beastly, although CSS did say Clowney would be all over the field this year, including MLB. The problem is that a 3-4 defensive line is not going to get the stats that theirs does. It is not designed to.
LB-They have 3 seniors here, including the "Spur" position.
CB-Lost Stephon Gilmore, but they get Akeem Auguste back. He's a senior that I think medical red-shirted last year. Got a Sophomore at the other CB spot projected, if the senoir walk on doesn't get it.
S-2 seniors and a sophomore in the mix.
Special teams-They are replacing both the kicker and punter as well.
OL-Tie, but we are deeper.
DL-USC based only on stats, which I explained above.
LB-UGA based on talent and stats from scheme, like above.
Coaching cojones-Prob OBC
I am a homer. I definitely think UGA is a better overall team. But we played better overall last year and still lost. They have won 2 in a row. I don't think it will be 3.
As much as I love our defense, they finished higher than us. We can't sleep on their D. I am glad Ellis Johnson moved on.
This post was edited by DostaDawg on 8/7/2012 at 2:32 PM
I do believe the question was for this year....But if you would like to bring up history I am more than sure we still win that argument. I say we settle this on the field this year....we will even give you home field advantage for what thats worth....What says you?
"...this is the game plan, we have no alternate plan"-Erskine Russell
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