Steve Spurrier sounded like he was being nostalgic when he talked Sunday about the last two times Georgia came into town.
"The last two times they came in here our defense held them to (six) and seven," South Carolina's head football coach said, pointing to two games his team won comfortably. "So I would say those two games were pretty good, wouldn't you?"
This time around, however, Spurrier seemed to sense it will be more difficult. South Carolina's defense struggled at times in a 33-23 win over East Carolina, a week after being obliterated by Texas A&M, 52-24.
Now here comes a Georgia team that put 45 points on Clemson, led by star tailback Todd Gurley.
"Oh, geez, ask me after the game," Spurrier said when asked how confident he was his defense could slow down Gurley. "We'll do our best to see if we can. We've not really slowed down the other team this year yet. But we've gotta have hopes and beliefs that we can, certainly. ....
"(Gurley) is a big, strong back. Either he or the quarterback at Oregon (Marcus Mariotta) are the Heisman leaders right now. But hopefully he may not be the leader, hopefully we can slow him down a little bit. But he's gonna get his yards, there's no question about that. He's going to get his yards against everybody. They ran out the last nine minutes of the game against us last year. So we certainly know what they're capable of doing."
Spurrier was watching the Houston Texans' game on Sunday while he was on the phone with the media. The Texans have Jadeveon Clowney, the star of South Carolina's defense the past three years, and Spurrier broke down a play in which Clowney chased a player down from the other side of the field.
So again, Spurrier sounded nostalgic.
"We've got the same defensive coaches that were considered pretty good coaches last year, now all of a sudden we can't get the other team off the field very well," Spurrier said. "We don't force very many punts. We've got to improve on that. We think we've got the players to do that, but at some point we've got to be a lot more disciplined playing our assignments and so forth."
Georgia is now No. 6 in both major polls, staying there in the AP poll and moving up two spots in the coaches rankings.
South Carolina is No. 24 in the AP poll, dropping three spots from last week, and No. 23 in the coaches poll, slipping two spots.
This will be the fourth time in the past five years that both Georgia and South Carolina have faced each other as ranked foes. The exception was 2011, when South Carolina was No. 11 but Georgia was unranked.