Many factors will determine the outcome of Saturday night’s showdown between Georgia and South Carolina, but one thing that will almost assuredly play a role is the turnover battle.
Georgia nearly allowed Tennessee to win last week by giving the Volunteers the ball inside Bulldogs territory three times following turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown.
Additionally, Georgia’s loss to South Carolina a year ago was decided by the Gamecocks’ takeaways, with the most pivotal being a fumble by quarterback Aaron Murray in the final moments of the game.
Bobo noted that Murray’s confidence has soared since last year’s matchup and said that the redshirt junior recovered quickly after throwing an interception returned for a touchdown on Saturday.
“There better not be (any worries),” Bobo said. “You’re going to have turnovers; it’s going to happen. You’ve just got to do your best to limit those things and correct them fundamentally.”
But will turnovers decide the outcome of Saturday’s game?
“They always do,” Robinson said. “Whoever forces more turnovers has more opportunities to win. If it’s an even game and you’re playing back and forth, when you fumble the ball, that’s extra field position for them. It really comes down to controlling the ball, field position and big plays.”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt agrees with Robinson in the sense that “you lessen your chance of victory” when giving the opposition the ball. However, Richt believes that if the Bulldogs bounce back the way they did against the Volunteers, Georgia will be in good shape.
“I don’t think it would sink our boat,” he said. “Even the Tennessee game, we could’ve gotten stops without getting turnovers and still won the game while losing the turnover ratio.”