2. The Defense Must Get Turnovers (3+) for the Arkansas Razorbacks to upset Georgia
The Arkansas Razorbacks are trying to do something that no college football team has done since Nov. 7, 2020 and that’s beat Georgia. The Florida Gators knocked off the Bulldogs 44-28 last season in a game that featured three interceptions from two different Georgia quarterbacks.
Georgia QB Stetson Bennett was 5 of 16 passing in that game, with one touchdown and one interception. Georgia’s D’Wan Mathis also saw time at quarterback in this game, completing 4 of 13 passes for one touchdown and two interceptions.
A couple of weeks prior to that game, against Alabama, the Crimson Tide forced Bennett into three interceptions. He completed just 18 of 40 passes that day.
The commonality between these two Georgia losses was opposing defenses baiting their quarterbacks into bad throws that led to multiple interceptions.
If Defensive Coordinator Barry Odom can have the Arkansas Razorbacks ready to play stellar defense, the Hogs will have a chance to upset Georgia. The difficult part of this equation is, Arkansas has only one game in which they recorded three interceptions— Week 1 vs Rice.
1. Arkansas Razorbacks Must Limit Penalties
If the Hogs are to upset the Bulldogs, they have to win the mental game and make very few mistakes.
The team is averaging nine penalties per game for an average of 78 yards. Arkansas cannot commit mental errors against a top ranked team like Georgia. They’ll make you pay for it.
The Razorbacks will need to play a clean game similar to that of the Texas game, when they committed just four penalties the whole game for a total of 40 yards.
Arkansas committed 10 penalties against A&M last week, which was the second-most of the 2021 season. Head Coach Sam Pittman will have his team on top of their game entering this massive Week 5 game.
The Arkansas Razorbacks football team will travel to Athens to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on ESPN Oct. 2 at 12 PM EST.