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Posted Sep 17, 2011


Week 3 CFN Fearless Prediction & Game Story - Coastal Carolina at Georgia


2011 Predictions & Game Story 

Week 3 - Coast. Carolina at Georgia


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Sept. 17 at Georgia 59 … Coastal Carolina 0
CFN Analysis: COMING

(AP) ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and also ran for a score -- all in the first half -- and Georgia received a needed boost by overwhelming Coastal Carolina 59-0 on Saturday.

Georgia (1-2) regrouped after losses to Boise State and South Carolina which raised the pressure on coach Mark Richt. The Bulldogs led 35-0 at halftime.

Murray, who played only one series in the second half, completed 18 of 26 passes for 188 yards with no interceptions. Backup Hutson Mason added a touchdown pass.

Freshman Isaiah Crowell had 16 carries for 86 yards and a touchdown in his first start. Tavarres King had six catches for 65 yards, including two for touchdowns. Malcolm Mitchell had six catches for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Coastal Carolina (2-1) managed only seven first downs and 107 yards.

Coastal Carolina (2-0) at Georgia (0-2) Sept. 17, 1:00, ESPN3

Here’s The Deal … This is the game Georgia needed to play on September 3rd.

Right now it’s a battle between Georgia and Notre Dame for the honor of being the nation’s best 0-2 team, but that’s little comfort for a rough start for a Dawg team that could easily have been 2-0 if the run defense was a bit stronger and if with a bit more consistency on offense. As bad as things might seem, there really isn’t much shame in losing to Boise State and South Carolina, who might be two of the five best teams in America and are certainly, at least at the moment, in the top ten.

With this game against a 2-0 Coastal Carolina, this is when things have to turn around. This is when Mark Richt has to build up his portfolio again with winnable games against Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt to follow before facing Florida, but there can’t be any slip-ups. The Dawgs can afford to lose one more game – 9-3 isn’t that bad – but they could really, really use a blowout win this week just to show they can do it.

Coastal Carolina beat Furman and Catawba to start the season, and while it has a nice passing game and a solid run defense, if it can keep the score within 25, it’ll be a win.

Why Coastal Carolina Might Win: The Chanticleers have just enough playmakers to make this interesting if Georgia’s head isn’t in the game. The quarterback battle of the offseason wasn’t quite settled with Aramis Hillary and Jamie Childers each getting time. They’ve been efficient, effective, and good a getting on the move, and they have just enough ability to keep the chains moving if the Georgia defensive front isn’t dominating. The Dawg offensive line has been awful so far and hasn’t been able to keep Aaron Murray from getting popped, allowing eight sacks, and CCU has to manufacture ways of getting into the backfield.

Why Georgia Might Win: CCU doesn’t have the pop. The running game isn’t anything special with the quarterbacks aren’t getting on the move, and there isn’t enough explosion in the passing game. It’s going to take more than 25 points to beat Georgia, and that’s how much the Chanticleers are averaging per game after playing two mediocre teams. Georgia is going to come out with an attitude and it’s going to come out looking to put up a big number. Mark Richt isn’t the type to run up the score, but he’s going to make sure his team, which continues to play hard for him, comes out sharp and roaring. The Dawgs will likely get up big in the first quarter, and CCU won’t have the ability to mount any sort of a comeback.

What To Watch Out For: Super-recruit Isaiah Crowell was fed the ball 15 times against Boise State, and he ran for 60 yards, and then he showed off his talent and potential with 118 yards and a score on just 16 carries against South Carolina, while also catching two passes for 40 yards and a score. The offense needs him to be the workhorse and the one to balance out the offense in big games coming up, so he’ll be on a pitch count and won’t get the ball in his hands more than 15 times.

Looking to keep Crowell under wraps is Andrae Jacobs, the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Year who made 104 tackles last season with three stops against Furman and nine against Catawba, to go along with three tackles for loss. Ultra-quick and a sure tackler, he and the rest of the back seven doesn’t miss stops.

What Will Happen: Georgia will take out its frustrations on CCU with a huge start to put the game away early. This isn’t going to be pretty as Murray will lead the way to three touchdowns on the team’s first three drives, and the special teams will come up with a return for a score and a few big kicks from punter Drew Butler to keep CCU pinned deep. The Dawg backups will see plenty of time in the second half.

CFN Prediction: Georgia 48 … Coastal Carolina 6
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