Border Bash Big
Averaging only eleven points per game in Cockaboose Land can’t be adding to the generally overconfident air around the Georgia football compound in Athens, where the #6 ranked team in the land is set to depart for a visit to the South Carolina State Fairground.
The Border Bash game has steadily risen in national prominence, correlating with the Steve Spurrier-led Gamecocks ascension to three straight eleven-win campaigns, after a sole visit to the SEC championship game, where they were summarily trounced by eventual national champion Cam Newton and Auburn. None of the three subsequent Carolina squads were able to match that not so lofty achievement. Georgia-Georgia-Missouri were your SEC runners up those years, each having lost to a suddenly surging South Carolina program.
Wholly unfamiliar territory historically for Cocky, South Carolina has not handled its limited success well and predictably stumbles annually. Ranked #4 nationally at last season’s end and rolling into this year with some solid momentum from beating Clemson and winning another bowl, Top 5 team Carolina had not lost at home since 2011, before they were totally Aggie-fied on national television. Gigged.
Trap game. This is a classic Spurrier trap game. His guys are us against the world underdogs to a scary deep GEORGIA Dawgs rushing attack and retooled Junkyard Defense. The Ol’ Ball Coach knows if he rallies his troops and wins this one home game the Gamecocks are suddenly thrust back into the College Playoff spotlight. I expect his best game plan, and he is the best ever at getting receivers wide open in space. Our last trip east was such a hapless Dawgs decimation.
And you know: this is QB Hutson Mason’s first SEC road contest. Those have never been easy in conference history. And, it comes in a CBS 3:30 game of the week rivalry. Wow, the pressure. Come on, Hutson!
I will be live from Augusta for the annual gathering of both sides. Dawg Nation will be passing through on the way to Columbia and we will get down on the riverbank Friday night.
As I always do, I projected our season. I picked us to win it all while dropping this contest. As the game approaches I’m still more hopeful we will win than what you’d call overconfident.
Lose and we are .500…again! Win and we slip into the East driver’s seat with our fans’ eyes set on a trip to MIZZOU and the Cocktail Party, as tough remaining divisional obstacles, though we should be favored for each.