|The OBC just flinched.|
So, what will we see? Putting on my best homer hat, I can see the D corralling Lattimore, the same way we did Boise State's Martin. Well, not the same, but much better than we did last year (37/182/2TDs). My biggest concern with Lattimore isn't his rushing, it is his 3 catches last week out of the backfield. I'll get to Jeffrey in a minute, but if we don't figure a way to stop that underneath pass stuff, Lattimore will eat our lunch. In the speed department, Lattimore is a Lotus Elise to the Boise State TEs' rickshaw.
So, Jeffrey. He'll get his. Yes, he is much more of a receiver than he was last year. We have to be concerned about Spurrier using him as a decoy, since he caught half of the Gamecocks passes last week and was the target on over half of them. I look for them to use some trickeration to get Jeffrey looks, as well.
I just hope they don't run too many QB keepers, as Garcia was very effective running last week. Strangely, they didn't pull that in obvious situations (2nd and long, for example). That concerns me, considering our continuing propensity for not covering the middle on pass plays. Oh, SC didn't do that great on pass protection either. Gave up a sack and five QB hurries on a 10 for 25 performance.
On defense, they allowed two receivers to catch more than 10 balls each (ECU's Davis had 37 completions). We are going with the no huddle. Hopefully, we can continue to grow into the scheme and work the WRs and TEs long and short, peppered with smart running plays. It was good to see Coach Richt admit the line isn't where he thought they were. Now, find ways to mitigate that and go with it.
So how do we win? Show competence at catching the ball. Find opportunities for Crowell to get the ball in space. Orson on quick outs. Mitchell long. Orson long. Involve the FBs more in blocking. Blitz from the second we step on the field. Swarm defensively like we did early in the Dome. And throw Orson the ball.
By the way, I don't look for this to be like last year's bore fest. There will be points scored. If we play D like we did early against Boise, we win. If not, well, it is likely a shootout or worse.