Georgia's Todd Grantham sees defense take step back

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WHO’S HOT

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got an extension after his unit's strong showing in 2011. However, the Bulldogs have struggled on defense this season.  FILE/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
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Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got an extension after his unit's strong showing in 2011. However, the Bulldogs have struggled on defense this season.

Geno Smith. The West Virginia quarterback is averaging 399 passing yards a game with an 81 percent completion rate. Smith has thrown 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.

WHO’S NOT

Todd Grantham. After a so-so first season in 2010, the Georgia defensive coordinator bounced back in 2011 and led one of the top squads in the nation. He received a new three-year, $2.48 million deal in the off-season, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Grantham’s 3-4 defense this season, which includes All-Americans in linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo, is ranked 53rd in the nation in scoring and 53rd in total yards allowed.

For the record, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward makes $550,000 and the Gamecocks rank fourth in scoring and 12th in total defense.

GREATEST HALFTIME SHOW EVER?

Go to YouTube and check out the Ohio State Marching Band and its halftime show Saturday against Nebraska. This tribute to video games ranks somewhere between brilliant and genius. Well done, Buckeyes.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. South Carolina (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference). The Gamecocks are off to a 6-0 start for the third time in school history.

2. Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC). Aaron Murray has bigger things on his plate than football games. Pray for the Murray family and his father, Dennis, who is battling thyroid cancer.

3. Clemson (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Tigers got a huge break with North Carolina State upsetting Florida State.

4. Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3 ACC). Firing Al Groh was the right move, even if it was a week late.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• South Carolina State at Delaware State, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)

• Wofford at Georgia Southern, 6 (No TV)

• South Carolina at Louisiana State, 8 (ESPN)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Tigers can use the bye week to shore up their defense.

Georgia: Time to bring back rumors of hiring Jon Gruden?

Georgia Tech: The bye week stops the Jackets’ three-game losing streak.

South Carolina: Gamecocks can make a major step toward a national title run with a win on the Bayou.


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