Originally created 09/30/00

South Carolina and Georgia notebook



South Carolina Gamecocks

No. 23 South Carolina (4-0, 2-0 SEC) at Alabama (1-3, 1-1), 3 p.m. The game is available on pay-per-view for $24.95 to subscribers in South Carolina only. For more information, call (706) 733-7712.

The scene:

Gamecocks, taking to the road for the first time this season, look to prolong magic and improve to 5-0 for first time since 1988. Crimson Tide tries to snap out of funk that might cost coach Mike DuBose his job.

The history:

Alabama owns 9-0 advantage in series, having outscored the Gamecocks 259-33. Crimson Tide is 6-0 in games played in Tuscaloosa. In teams' previous meeting, Alabama won 17-6 in Columbia in 1993.

The stats:

South Carolina is first in SEC and fifth nationally in scoring defense (8.8 points per game). Alabama is last in the SEC and 84th nationally in scoring offense (18.2 points per game).

Players to watch:

South Carolina -- QB Erik Kimrey (So., 6-1, 200), RB Derek Watson (So., 6-1, 210), DT Cleveland Pinkney (Sr., 6-2, 290).

Alabama -- QB Tyler Watts (So., 6-3, 217), RB Brandon Miree (Fr., 6-0, 233), FL Freddie Milons (Jr., 5-11, 191), LB Saleem Rasheed (So., 6-3, 227)

Injuries:

South Carolina -- QB Phil Petty (ankle, shoulder) is questionable. WR Jermale Kelly (finger), WR James Adkisson (knee) and OT Melvin Paige (knee) are probable. LB Kenneth Harney (broken fibula) is out for three to four weeks.

Alabama -- WR Triandos Luke (wrist) is questionable. OT Shawn Draper (ankle) is probable.

When South Carolina has the ball: If Petty is out, Gamecocks need to establish passing threat with Kimrey or freshman QB Dondrial Pinkins. Otherwise, deep and talented Crimson Tide defense will be able to key on Watson.

When Alabama has the ball: Crimson Tide looks to continue continuity established last week, when Miree paced a 226-yard rushing attack. Milons needs breakout game.

Key matchup:

South Carolina defensive line vs. Alabama offensive line. If Crimson Tide is able to establish the run, they can control the game. If they don't, Watts will be forced to do something he hasn't done well: throw.

Georgia Bulldogs

No. 25 Georgia (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-0, 1-0), 12:30 p.m., CBS:

The scene:

Bulldogs look to rebound officially from devastating loss at South Carolina three weeks ago. Razorbacks trying to win 17th straight home game.

The history:

Series is tied 3-3. Last meeting was 1993, when Arkansas won in Athens, 20-10.

The stats:

Arkansas is averaging 407 yards per game in total offense. Georgia is giving up 235 yards per game.

Players to watch:

Georgia -- QB Quincy Carter (Jr., 6-3, 218), RB Bruce Thornton (Fr., 5-10, 187), LB Will Witherspoon (Jr., 6-2, 217).

Arkansas -- QB Robby Hampton (So., 6-2, 220), TB Alvin Ray (Jr., 5-9, 192), SE Boo Williams (Sr., 6-4, 230), LB Quinton Caver (Sr., 6-5, 240)

Injuries:

Georgia -- DE Bruce Adrine (knee) is out for the season. RB Jasper Sanks (ankle) and RB Musa Smith (rotator cuff) are probable. WR Reggie Brown (ankle) is questionable.

When Georgia has the ball:

Bulldogs need to establish the run early to set up play-action game. If receivers continue their habit of dropping balls, it could cost Georgia another devastating loss.

When Arkansas has the ball:

Razorbacks' offensive line opened some big holes last week against Alabama, but it could be tougher against Bulldogs' stout front seven.

Key matchup:

Georgia's offensive line vs. Arkansas' defensive line. If Bulldogs can muscle Razorbacks up front, they can win handily.

-- Larry Williams