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Marcus Lattimore is the real deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- My early thoughts on Georgia-South Carolina are twofold.

For starters, South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore is even more powerful than I thought he was. I knew he had great acceleration, great vision and that knack for making the right cut.

But he’s even better than I thought he was at pushing the pile and making yards after contact.

In South Carolina’s 16-play scoring drive to open the game, Georgia simply couldn’t get him on the ground.

As for Georgia, the Bulldogs' offensive line looks really good. Washaun Ealey has had all sorts of running room, and redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray has had plenty of time to throw.

The two teams were 6-of-6 on third down until Georgia stalled near the end of the first quarter and had to settle for a Blair Walsh field goal.

It looks like the Bulldogs think they can run on the Gamecocks and wear them down.