South Carolina vs. Georgia: How Steve Spurrier Can Out-Coach Mark Richt in 2013

Lee SchechterContributor IIISeptember 3, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 06:  Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs congratulates head coach Steve Spurrier of the South Carolina Gamecocks after their 35-7 win at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier has led his Gamecocks to three consecutive wins against Mark Richt's rival Georgia Bulldogs.  

The recent win streak, along with other successes, has helped thrust South Carolina into the elite status of an SEC powerhouse team. 

Spurrier has graced college football with his coaching greatness for quite a long time and he is looking to continue his dominance with a memorable season at South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Richt's Bulldogs looked to be a direct threat to the Gamecocks until their opening-game loss to Clemson, though the the defeat does not impact the SEC East division race.  

South Carolina has thrived under Spurrier and he has been out-coaching Richt for years, so how does he continue this string of success? 


Keep Doing What He's Been Doing 

It's simple.

It's obvious.  

Spurrier is a football genius—look at his success. He has a career coaching record of 209-77-2, with 67 of those victories coming at South Carolina. That means he has won 73 percent of the games he has coached.  

Spurrier is a true winner. Over the last two years, he has led the Gamecocks to identical 11-2 records, including wins over Richt's Bulldogs.

He needs to keep approaching the game in the same manner, and he knows it. Spurrier is too smart not to realize he has Richt on his heels.  


Utilize the Team's Strengths

Spurrier knows how to make use of what he has. In the past, South Carolina was not a stacked team. Fortunately for the Gamecocks, they now are a really deep team full of solid talent. 

Of course, he recognizes the power of the defensive line led by Jadeveon Clowney and company. However, the biggest strength is the running game.  

Mike Davis burst onto the scene with a strong performance against North Carolina. He is one of the biggest keys to beating Georgia as well as competing for an SEC title.  

South Carolina is more than talented enough to take down Georgia, which is coming off a devastating early-season loss to Clemson.  

Spurrier needs to continue to use his team's biggest strengths to exploit teams this seasonespecially the Bulldogs.  


Let His Team Do the Talking 

Let's face it, Spurrier likes to open his mouth sometimes. So does Richt.  

Right now, Richt does not have much to work with other than opening his mouth to stir up ways to get inside Spurrier's head.  

Well, Spurrier is a strong guy and doesn't break easily.  

Coaches can talk all they want. Players can talk all they want. Those who realize that the real talking is done on the football field, however, are the ones who have the upper hand.  

That edge goes to Spurrier. Momentum is on his side. 

Once again, South Carolina is a special team. The Gamecocks can beat the Bulldogs and continue their dominance over their rival.

Spurrier should let his team speak for him because its actions will speak louder than words.  

Four straight wins over Georgia would send Aaron Murray out as a winless quarterback against South Carolina, a traumatic blank spot on an otherwise good college career.  

The Gamecocks would love to make all of Georgia's seniors winless in their careers against them.  

They will do the talking and Spurrier can sit back and enjoy the ride, because he has the advantage over Richt.  



The old ball coach is at the top of his game and Richt is slumping against South Carolina. One more punishing blow from Spurrier and an 0-2 start to what was supposed to be a promising season will have Georgia scrambling.  

Spurrier just needs to keep doing what he is doing because he has been out-coaching Richt head-to-head for years. It's now time for the finishing move this Saturday in Athens.