ATHENS, Ga. -- After Saturday’s confidence-crushing 35-7 loss at South Carolina, Georgia limps into its bye week with its BCS championship hopes all but evaporated.
The Gamecocks beat the Bulldogs soundly in every area, making it obvious that Georgia needs a win against No. 4 Florida on Oct. 27 and a heaping helping of good fortune to get back into the SEC East race. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC) dropped from fifth in the Associated Press poll to No. 14 -- and there was a small amount of movement in our UGA Power Rankings this week, as well.
Here is the full list after six games (last week’s rank in parentheses):
1. Jarvis Jones (1): Jones finished with another OK stat line -- four tackles, one sack, 1.5 tackles for loss -- but he didn’t impact the game the way a player listed as the top prospect in the 2013 NFL draft should. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw had plenty of time to make things happen with his arm and legs.
2. Aaron Murray (2): Murray had one of his worst statistical games as a Bulldog, seeming to let South Carolina’s pass rush force him into numerous inaccurate throws. Murray finished 11-for-31 for 109 yards and one interception -- a performance that will certainly drop him out of Heisman Trophy consideration.
3. Todd Gurley (3): Gurley barely had any room to maneuver against South Carolina, rushing 13 times for 39 yards. After entering the game as the SEC’s leading rusher, he ran for 15 yards on his first carry and was extremely quiet the rest of the evening.
4. John Jenkins (7): After a somewhat disappointing outing against Tennessee, Jenkins was one of the few bright spots for Georgia against South Carolina. He notched a career-high eight tackles and found his way to the ball for much of the game.
5. Keith Marshall (4): As with Gurley, the outside runs that Marshall had used to make huge plays weren’t there against South Carolina. Marshall, who had touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards the week before against Tennessee, had 12 carries for 37 yards against South Carolina with a long run of 9 yards.
6. Shawn Williams (5): It was not a banner night for anyone in Georgia’s secondary, including Williams, who notched six tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss against the Gamecocks.
7. Alec Ogletree (10): Although Ogletree and Georgia’s defense did an OK job of keeping South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore (24 carries, 109 yards, TD) from being the difference in the game, they were unable to hem in Shaw and he made them pay. Ogletree tied for second on the team with eight tackles, plus half a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
8. Tavarres King (8): King caught a pass in his 21st consecutive game, but finished with just one catch for 16 yards against the Gamecocks.
9. Marlon Brown (9): Brown also had a disappointing night, catching just one pass for 11 yards against South Carolina.
10. Amarlo Herrera (NR): Fans might accuse Georgia of not playing tough enough against South Carolina, but Herrera did his part. The sophomore inside linebacker led the team with 11 tackles, marking the third time in six games that he was the team’s tackles leader.