Arkansas Razorbacks at Georgia Bulldogs, Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 12:00 pm EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Line: Pick
Current line: Georgia -2 1/2
Opening Total: 56
Current Total: 54
Money Line: Georgia -130/Arkansas +110
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Bobby Petrino takes his Arkansas Razorbacks ‘between the hedges’ to take on Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have won the last 5 games straight up against the Razorbacks, a trend the Arkansas faithful definitely want to end. This line has moved from a pick to Georgia being a 2 or 2 1/2 point favorite based on where you wager, always check our college football spreads page for the latest odds. Arkansas is 2-0 but has played two patsies, Tennesee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe. Georgia is 1-1 so far after destroying Louisiana-Lafayette and losing to South Carolina.
Arkansas has outscored it’s two opponents by a combined score of 75-10 so far. Heisman trophy contender quarterback Ryan Mallet has been nothing short of brilliant so far throwing for over 701 total yards with 6 touchdowns and only 2 picks. He has only been sacked twice so far. He torched Louisiana-Monroe for 400 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick. He also ran for a touchdown. Arkansas was only up 7-0 at halftime mainly due to turning the ball over 3 times. Turnovers have been a problem for the Razorbacks as they have 6 in 2 games. They can’t do that in the rugged SEC or they will lose to teams like Georgia or Alabama. Though listed as a home game for ULM, it was played in Little Rock, so the crowd was heavily rooting for the Hogs’ offense to wake-up. They did that in the second half outscring ULM 24-7 to make the final 31-7. The rushing game was nothing special only gaining 99 yards. Greg Childs was Mallett’s top target with 12 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The defense held the Warhawks to 188 yards and forced two turnovers of their own. The Razorbacks have 5 sacks in two games.
Georgia is missing receiver A.J. Green who has been suspended 4 games for selling a game worn jersey online. It didn’t matter against Louisiana-Lafayette as the Bulldogs rolled 55-7 but last week Georgia lost to in-conference rival South Carolina 17-6. The offense was not very effective gaining only 253 total yards and only managing 2 field goals. Quarterback Aaron Murray only threw for 192 yards and no interceptions. The running game was even worse gaining only 61 yards. The Bulldogs defense was good against the pass holding Stephen Garcia to 165 yards and no touchdowns. But Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore ran wild for 182 yards and two touchdowns. That proved to be the difference in the game.The Bulldogs only turned the ball over once, but it proved to be costly. Washaun Ealey fumbled at the Gamecock’s 4 yard line in the third.
Last year Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks were 0-4 on the road against SEC foes. If Mallett wants to win the Heisman and the Razorbacks want to compete for the conference title, that trend has to be reversed quickly. This has the potential to be a trap game for the Razorbacks as they host Alabama next week. Obviously, the Razorbacks would love to win both games but would gladly take a split, preferably with a win over Alabama. Georgia can’t afford to drop a second straight conference game, and are still dangerous even without Green. It should be a hard-hitting game between two conference rivals.
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