So far, the Georgia Bulldogs have looked the part of a team ready to win at least the SEC East. They have remained mistake free through two games this season as they now dive into their second SEC game. After defeating Vanderbilt last week, the Bulldogs prepare to face off against South Carolina, a team that has given them plenty of issues in the past, but is looking shaky to start the season.
Georgia is being led by Greyson Lambert and Nick Cubb to start the year. Lambert has been relying heavily on the run game and has yet to really be challenged as a passer. The quarterback went 11 for 21 for 116 yards against Vanderbilt while Chubb cruised to 189 yards on the ground. Lambert looked shaky at times against a weak Vanderbilt defense, but head coach Mark Richt is simply stressing patience with the young quarterback who is still learning the system.
"I know from playing that position that you don't become super-proficient overnight," said Richt, vi ESPN.com. "I know Lambert has played a lot of college ball, but he's not played a lot of college ball in this league or in this system. There's a learning curve. It's going to get better as you go."
The Bulldogs' defense made the biggest impact in last week's game as Dominick Sanders produced an 88-yard pick-six to seal the win. That type of defense could spell trouble for a South Carolina team struggling to find their footing. The team is coming off a loss to Kentucky that saw starting quarterback Connor Mitch go down with a shoulder injury. Perry Orth will get his first start of the year. He went 13 of 20 for 179 yards and a touchdown against the Wildcats, but did throw an interception that sealed the loss.
South Carolina has some of the best history against Georgia. The team is 4-1 in their last five matches against the team, but this year the Gamecocks are not looking like the biggest threat. Right now, Georgia is pegged to win the East while South Carolina is predicted for a fourth-place finish. The key for the team could be to stop Chubb who is leading an run offense averaging 262.0 yards per game. If the Gamecocks can halt Chubb, they have a shot.