1. No Clowney around. The Bulldogs gave up four sacks to Clemson last week, and two of those came over left tackle Kenarious Gates, who will be there again this week. He'll be the primary blocker on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but Georgia plans to take a team approach to slowing the 6-6, 274-pound defensive end.

2. Who will kick for Bulldogs? For the second week Georgia will be without kicker Marshall Morgan, who is suspended. Last week walk-on Patrick Beless handled placement kicks, but he was competing again this week with fellow walk-on Adam Erickson. One of the two of them will handle the duties Saturday.

3. Edge in East. Georgia lost to South Carolina the past two seasons, but still managed to win out and represent the East in the SEC Championship game. The Bulldogs don't want the pressure of having to do that again. Having lost three in a row to the Gamecocks probably is motivation enough, however.


Gates vs. Clowney. Gates wasn't dominated to the extent one might think in last season's 35-7 loss to the Gamecocks. He gave up one sack and one hurry against the All-American defender. But Clowney's constant penetration created all kinds of issues. So with help from tight ends, fullbacks and tailbacks, the Bulldogs hope to be much more effective this time around.


“Being ok isn’t determined by your physical state, being ok is determined by your mental state of mind when bad things happen. I’m ok………..MM” — @money_mitch26 (Malcolm Mitchell, injured Georgia wide receiver)