Georgia and Arkansas are kick off the SEC schedule this week and here is what to expect.
The college football season is finally kicking off across the SEC this weekend. In a world of unknowns, what we know is that Arkansas is breaking in yet another new head coach in Sam Pittman. Pittman spent several years on the Georgia Bulldogs’ staff and he knows exactly what he is facing when the Arkansas Razorbacks and Georgia Bulldogs kick off Saturday afternoon. Every college football season brings a fresh start and for Arkansas Razorbacks’ fans a fresh start is what is needed, after a decade of disappointment.
Arkansas is up against a team that has been mentioned to be playoff contenders numerous times. The Georgia Bulldogs will not just be breaking in a new quarterback but also a new offensive coordinator this season. Todd Monken takes over the offensive play calling for the Georgia Bulldogs. Georgia has two quarterbacks that will both see plenty of action against Arkansas. JT Daniels and D’Wan Mathis both have strong arms with Mathis being able to move the chains with his legs as well as his arm.
Over the past ten years, Arkansas fans have not had much to get excited about so setting some realistic expectations is needed for this week.
Georgia’s offense will have several weapons that the Hogs’ defense will be looking to contain. Running back Zamir White is going to see plenty of carries this weekend in Fayetteville. White has the speed to be the next great Georgia running back and his ability to turn short gains into long ones will have an impact as the Bulldogs’ offense looks to find its footing. Meanwhile, wide receiver George Pickens is looking to build upon a season where he racked up 49 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns.
The Arkansas Razorbacks’ offense is going to be going against what many consider to be the top defensive unit in college football. Georgia is returning eight starters on the defensive side of the ball. The Georgia defensive line has Jordan Davis clogging up the rushing lane, so Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd may find the Georgia defense quite formidable. However, with Richard LeCounte patrolling the secondary, the passing game for the Hogs may have difficulty connecting wide receivers.
Both the Arkansas Razorbacks and Georgia Bulldogs are going to be tasked with figuring out what will work on the gridiron on Saturday. Arkansas does not have the depth and talent to go against the Bulldogs, but the effort should be greatly improved this season. Look for Georgia to establish the run and jump on Arkansas early. Georgia wins this matchup 48-20.