In what should be a great game, this Saturday's clash should answer some very important questions for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Five Questions to be Answered:
1. Is "Gurshall" for real?: The freshman running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall has thrilled Bulldogs fans with some great performances this year. So much so that fans have bestowed the nickname "Gurshall" in reference to all-time great Herschel Walker. Heading into this week's game, Gurley is averaging 107.2 yard per game while Marshall is averaging 85.6.
South Carolina's defense should answer this question. The stingy rushing defense has not allowed 100 yards to a single runner this season, and the unit is allowing teams an average of only 77.6 yards per game on the ground. This will be a huge test for the "Gurshall" duo.
2. Can Aaron Murray win the big game?: This may be the most unfair question. The standard for what is and what is not a big game seems to change every time Murray wins a game. This game may not be Aaron Murray's last chance to answer this question, but a win will put a definitive end to it. If Georgia walks out with a win on the road against a top 10 team, Murray should be able to sway those pesky naysayers.
3. Is either team a national title contender?: While both teams enter with 5-0 records, neither team has faced a top 10 opponent. With Georgia at No. 5 and South Carolina at No. 6, the winner of this game should put itself in position for a national title run.
4. Can Richt clean things up in one week?: The Georgia Bulldogs had an uncharacteristically sloppy game against the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 5. The lack of ball security may have led to Tennessee points, but it was the shoddy tackling that worried me most watching the game. Mark Richt will have to have the team focused when it faces South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
5. Can the Bulldogs stay healthy?:The SEC is known for its hard-hitting defenses. No matter what the future implications, this is a rivalry game first and foremost. I would expect to see players on both sides have a little extra pop when they hit. Even if it does not get ugly, the post-game injury report may affect the remainder of the season.
Christopher Beheler id a Georgia native and lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan.
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