ATHENS – The smell of vendor’s pizza and hot dogs is fresh in the tunnels of Sanford Stadium, a sign of kickoff crawling closer. The Georgia band has wheeled in its equipment from the end zone tunnel. Players from both teams have already visited the field.
Game time is almost here.
In a little more than an hour, No. 6 South Carolina and No. 11 Georgia will kick off on ESPN. With a shortage of high-caliber, late-afternoon games, Athens will become the sport’s epicenter for a little more than three hours.
Boy, this’ll be fun.
Georgia (0-1) desperately needs a win in its home opener to avoid slipping to 0-2 – disastrous, since it still has to play No. 9 LSU at the end of this month.
USC, meanwhile, just wants to get this week over with and move on. Here is the Gamecocks (1-0) toughest road challenge of the season. They won’t have another serious test until they host No. 12 Florida on Nov. 16.
On the smaller scale, there is plenty to learn about USC. Will Jadeveon Clowney bounce back from a rough, huff-and-puff opener? Can Connor Shaw break through and win The Big One on the road? Will center Cody Waldrop (sprained foot) be able to play?
We’ll find out soon enough. For now, simply sit back, grill up some brats and enjoy.