ATHENS -- Greetings from Sanford Stadium. I'm here in the Dan Magill Pressbox at Sanford Stadium along with AJC colleagues Tim Tucker, Steve Hummer and Mark Bradley and a few other folks who are going to help us out today. You can check back here all afternoon for continuous coverage of Georgia vs. South Carolina.
It's going to be a hot one. It's sunny 82 degrees right now and the temperature is supposed to rise near 90 by the time kickoff commences at 4:30 p.m.
Here's some keys to today's game for Georgia to win:
Protect the passer -- Quarterback Aaron Murray was sacked four times against Clemson and pressured even more. With Jadeveon Clowney leading a stout South Carolina defensive front, the Bulldogs can't expect perfection but need to make sure breakdowns don't lead to disastrous plays.
Protect the football -- Georgia's good work last week was undone by a fumble, an interception and a mishandled snap on a field goal attempt. Be strong with the ball.
Run the football -- Todd Gurley had a 154 yards on 12 carries last week. Barring injury, he'll get more carries today. If he ends up with 150 again, Georgia will win the game.
Tackle on defense -- The Bulldogs did a poor job against the Tigers, especially in the secondary. This should be helped with the presence of sophomore Josh Harvey-Clemons on the field at safety or star. Harvey (6-5, 220) returns from a one-game suspension. He'll be covering backs and tight ends rather than Connor Norman (5-10, 210), who will likely get more work at free safety.