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Jake Fromm led Georgia to an SEC Championship last year.

Make sure to come to DawgNation’s event at Marlow’s on Wednesday

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Come hang with DawgNation at Marlow’s on Wednesday!

Looking to talk Georgia football on Wednesday ahead of Georgia’s SEC opener against South Carolina? Well DawgNation has you covered.

On Wednesday, DawgNation’s Brandon Adams and special guest Brandon Kublanow will be at the Marlow’s in Dunwoody(1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30338) to take your questions and talk about Georgia football.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. so come on by, have a bite to eat and talk some Georgia football with us. Kublanow was a multi-year starter for Georgia and he played for Smart so he’ll provide a unique insight on the team.

These events are always a ton of fun and we hope to see you there.

Will Muschamp praises Jake Fromm

Earlier in the week, Georgia coach Kirby Smart took some time to praise South Carolina star Deebo Samuel. On Tuesday, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp returned the favor, by painting Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm in a similar light.

“I don’t know that Jake totally gets the credit he deserves,” Muschamp said at his Tuesday press conference. “I watched a guy in the College Football Playoff against Oklahoma make some big-time throws in that game. Some longer throws down the field, the field out, the field corner, the digs across the middle and the high-low concepts. Against Alabama in the championship game, he put them in position to win the game. He’s very accurate what he did with the football and it speaks for itself what he did as a true freshman.”

In the Oklahoma game, Fromm completed 20 of his 29 pass attempts as he helped Georgia turn a 31-14 deficit into a 54-48 overtime win.

Related: Will Muschamp ribs Georgia over lack of depth chart

Against Austin Peay in week 1 Fromm completed 12 of his 16 pass attempts and threw for 2 touchdown passes. Smart has made it pretty clear again that Fromm is going to be the guy, despite how Justin Fields performed in week 1.

Related: No guarantee Georgia will use quarterback Justin Fields vs. South Carolina

Last season against South Carolina, Fromm completed 16 of his 22 pass attempts for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns. While those numbers don’t jump off the page, it was more than enough to lead Georgia past South Carolina. And while Fromm may need to put up bigger numbers given that Saturday’s game is in South Carolina, he’s shown that he can thrive in a hostile or uncomfortable environment.

Georgia polling well

Due to the extended weekend, the Coaches and AP Poll were both released on Tuesday instead of the usual Sunday. And despite the likes of Auburn and Notre Dame earning impressive victories, voters still held the Bulldogs in high regard.

Georgia came in at No. 3 in both the Coaches and AP Poll. And while it didn’t get any first place votes, the Bulldogs did leapfrog Ohio State in the Coaches Poll as Urban Meyer will miss the Buckeye’s next two games due to his suspension.

Both polls featured seven SEC teams, as Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Florida are also ranked. South Carolina came in at No. 24 in both polls, meaning Saturday’s game will be a top-25 matchup. It is one of only two games on Saturday’s slate where both opponents are ranked. The other features No. 10 Stanford taking on No. 17 USC.

Beyond just the AP and Coaches Poll, Georgia came in at No. 3 in ESPN’s college football bettor rankings, No. 5 in the S&P+ and No. 7 in ESPN’s FPI. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach dropped Georgia to No. 7 in his power rankings, while he had Auburn at No. 3.

The stat that’s going to determine the winner

The last two times Georgia has met South Carolina, the Bulldogs have won by exactly two touchdowns(28-14 in 2016, 24-10 in 2017). That’s a neat quirk but it isn’t the big stat that is likely going to determine the game.

In the last two matchups between these SEC East foes, Georgia has rushed for an average of 284 rushing yards. South Carolina, in those same two games has rushed for a combined 72 yards, or 36 yards between the two games.

Georgia has a massive offensive line and South Carolina has some concerns along both the offensive and defensive lines. But  South Carolina is much healthier this year than it was when it played the Bulldogs last year, that alone won’t over come the nearly 250-yard difference. Georgia’s rush defense wasn’t spectacular to end the season last year and it also doesn’t have Roquan Smith this year to help clean things up this year. So there’s certainly the chance the gap in rushing yards is much closer.

If South Carolina isn’t able to make the disparity in rushing yards much closer, it’s hard to see them winning this game. So the stat that’s going to determine Saturday’s result is going to be the net difference in rushing yards.

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