Here we go. Final thoughts on the game.
Three Keys to Victory
3. Establish the Pass
Georgia is, understandably, going to come out asking us to pass the ball downfield. Todd Grantham knows that the last thing his defense can afford is for Marcus Lattimore to take over this game. Therefore, the passing game has to work. If it does, it’ll open opportunities for Lattimore as the game goes on.
2. Limit "Gurshall"
Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have, so far, filled a huge void in Georgia’s offense by supplying one of the nation’s most prolific running games. That, in turn, has opened things up for Aaron Murray, who has had more time to throw. However, "Gurshall" and the UGA offensive line have yet to be tested by a run defense as strong as Carolina’s. Who wins this battle will say a lot about this game. If they run all over us, we’re toast. If can limit them, it’ll lead to more opportunities to put pressure on Murray, and that should give us chances for game-changing defensive plays.
1. Don’t Fall Behind
Carolina has been a strong second-half team so far this year, in part because we have Lattimore and enough depth on the defensive line to keep our best defensive players fresh through four quarters. If we take a lead into the fourth quarter, I like our chances. A lot. On the other hand, large-scale comebacks don’t mesh well with our style of play. That’s not to say that we can’t make a comeback, but I’d prefer not to have to find out.
This is an evenly matched game, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think we win because (1) Shaw will use the medium passing game to soften up Georgia’s defense early, (2) our front seven will have success slowing down "Gurshall" and putting pressure on Murray, and (3) Lattimore will take over in the second half. Sounds fun to watch, right? Let’s hope it comes to pass. 28-21 Carolina.