Columbia, SC (WLTX) - It's Georgia week, and Steve Spurrier says his team is ready to play the Bulldogs.
"Obviously this is a big one for us," Spurrier said Tuesday during his weekly address to reporters.
South Carolina comes into the game ranked sixth in the nation, while Georgia is fifth. A win for either team likely puts them as the front-runner to win the SEC Eastern Division title.
This matchup has been close over the last eight seasons, with the game often decided by a couple of points.
"I think we're pretty evenly matched," Spurrier said. "It looks like it's going to be a close game."
He said while it's a big game, they're all big the more you win, and he hopes the Gamecocks will be playing in even bigger games this season.
One reason for the Gamecocks two-game win streak in this series has been Marcus Lattimore. In both 2010 and 2011, Lattimore gashed the Bulldogs for more than 100 yards rushing, including a 182-yard effort his freshman year.
"We realize we gotta run the ball," Spurrier. "Our best formula is run more than we throw."
Of course, throwing is a strength for the team too, considering they've got a quarterback who's 12-1 as a starter. Spurrier said Connor Shaw has a good handle on the playbook, and doesn't do things to hurt the team.
"[Shaw has a ] Lack of those really bad plays that can really hurt you" Spurrier said. "He can take over the game when nothing's there."
As for the team's shaky performance versus Kentucky, Spurrier said maybe he and the coaches weren't as tough on the players as they needed to be in the week leading up to the game.
"Last week was a good wake up call," Spurrier said. "We were too nice to the team last week. We gotta be scared to death every time we go to our the ballpark, make them realize that anybody can beat us if we don't play right.'
Spurrier said motivation shouldn't be a problem this week, though, with what's on the line.
"I'm sure we're gonna be ready," he said. "We'll find out Saturday."
USC takes on Georgia at 7 p.m. at Williams-Brice Stadium.