RazOrbaX Scouting Report: Smithson's hot points vs. Georgia
The Season Begins NOW! Hog LB ANTHONY LEON
Before the season, national pundits split on how good the Georgia Bulldogs would be. Several had them challenging Florida's rule over the SEC East. Others had them battling Tennessee for third place. Most said the same thing about Arkansas. We find out Saturday who is going to be a contender.
Georgia freshman QB Aaron Murray is completing 66 percent of his passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns, but no TDs against South Carolina. UGA averages 3.9 yards per rush with sophomore Washaun Ealey picking up 75 against the Gamecocks. Sacks knocked the UGA rushing total to 61 yards at South Carolina.
Senior linebacker Darryl Gamble was all over the field last Saturday, playing fast and bringing big hits on his eight tackles. Sophomore safety Bacarri Rambo led Georgia with 12 tackles against South Carolina. Georgia plays a 3-4 defense but it will show multiple fronts. When USC was in four-wide receiver sets, the 'Dog defense was in a 4-2-5 alignment.
For the Razorback Defense, this is the game!
Goal: SLOW DOWN THE BULLDOG PASSING GAME
While many folks have talked about Georgia lining up and running right at the Arkansas' defense, the truth is that, except for one play last year, this Georgia offensive line did not blow the HOGS off of the line. QB Joe Cox scorched the Arkansas secondary for 375 yards and five touchdowns.
Goal: NOTHING CHEAP
Hog LB ANTHONY LEON
Georgia had TD plays of 80, 40, 50 and 44 yards last year. The Razorback defense must make Georgia work for every first down.
Goal: SURVIVE THE FIRST QUARTER
Mark Richt has challenged the fans to show up and be loud, and I am sure that every UGA coach has questioned the players resolve and toughness after the South Carolina loss. Arkansas must be prepared for the extra effort the "wounded" 'Dogs will bring to the game.
SEC Championships are won on the road!
The Razorback offense must prepare for the noise and be extremely focused Saturday. If the offensive execution is good, Arkansas fans will be happy.
Goal: CONTROL THE LINEBACKERS
Georgia is fast. They remind me of Auburn last year. When the Bulldogs blitz, Arkansas must pick it up and make them pay. For the running game to be effective, the line and tight ends must get their second-level blocks on this quick and athletic UGA defense.
Goal: DO NOT DROP PASSES
While Ryan Mallett's road play has been questioned, the receiving corps has dropped more balls on the road than at home. Third-down passes will be critical. South Carolina got deep several times on the 'Dog defense, and when the HOGS get deep, they must catch those passes.
Kicking game Encore II
Georgia kicker Blair Walsh and punter Drew Butler comprise the best set of kickers in the SEC. Arkansas' Alex Tejada, Dylan Breeding and Zack Hocker must hold serve against the Bulldog duo to level the field position.
This game will not decide the Western Division race, but it will boost or deflate Arkansas in the eyes of the national watchers. Arkansas seems focused. They better be because Georgia has its back to the wall