The Georgia-South Carolina matchup looks even more attractive than it did back in August.
Both teams were extremely impressive in their openers. There won’t be any shortage of players on the field who can change the game in a hurry this Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium, and both defenses look to be rock solid, not to mention very well-coached.
The one difference about the opening week was that the Gamecocks played a stronger opponent.
It’s unfortunate that Saturday’s game is being marred by a handful of players who remain in limbo.
Georgia star receiver A.J. Green didn’t play in the opener and may not play in this game while the NCAA continues to investigate several players around the country and their dealings with agents.
The Gamecocks also had three players suspended for the opener -- tight end Weslye Saunders, cornerback Chris Culliver and offensive tackle Jarriel King.
Saunders may not be back at all this season, but the Gamecocks are hopeful of getting a ruling this week from the NCAA on Culliver and King. Culliver’s issue is an insurance policy he took out prior to his senior season and making sure all the paperwork checks out on who’s paying the premiums. King’s issue is tied to the Whitney Hotel investigation.
The Gamecocks played without a total of five starters in their 41-13 win over Southern Miss last Thursday. In addition to the suspended players, linebackers Shaq Wilson and Antonio Allen were hurt. There’s no guarantee they will get either one of them back this week.
The Bulldogs also played without running back Washaun Ealey, receiver Tavarres King and safety Alec Ogletree, all of whom were suspended by Georgia coach Mark Richt following arrests. King will definitely return for this game, and Richt expects him to have a big impact.