Georgia faces Arkansas State on Saturday in Athens. Here are your three keys to a Georgia win over Arkansas State.
By Steve Wright
Georgia looked dominant on offense last week as the Bulldogs took down a game Murray State side 63-17 in Athens. This, plus the 30-6 win over Vandy the week before, certainly suggests that this team has both the offense and defense to be a major factor in the College Football Playoff scene this season. The next test of the Bulldogs is against Arkansas State on Saturday.
Key 1 – Slow down their offense
If the Red Wolves have proven anything over the course of their first two games it is that they know how to score points. Their opener was a shootout with SMU in which they fell 37-30, while last week they picked up a nice road win with a 43-17 defeat of UNLV. They averaged 36.5 points per game and have averaged 456 yards of offense.
Quarterback Logan Bonner has passed for 608 yards and six touchdowns, with leading wide receiver Omar Bayless having himself a season. Bayless has 16 catches for 281 yards and five scores in just two games so far in 2019. It is a connection that the Bulldogs will need to be aware of.
Key 2 – Control the line of scrimmage
The key to the Bulldogs offense is their ability to control the line of scrimmage to set up the offense. Jake Fromm has passed for 322 yards and a pair of scores in play that has been limited, while D’Andre Swift has looked electric with 214 yards and a couple of touchdowns on just 22 carries of the ball.
Georgia will be able to do anything it wants against Arkansas State as the offensive line is just too big and too powerful for the Red Wolves to be able to control. Georgia should score 50 points pretty comfortably here, which will be important as Arkansas State puts up some garbage time points late.
Key 3 – Work out the kinks
The Bulldogs have been very good at times in their two wins, but head coach Kirby Smart also knows that the team is currently far from perfect. He has pointed out that there have been too many missed tackles – specifically in the open field – and that the coaching hasn’t always been on point in terms of both play calls and substitution organization.
These are the types of mistakes we see often in the early season, but it would behoove the Bulldogs to get such mistakes out of their system as soon as possible.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the ESPN2 Network.
This Week’s SEC Football News and Analysis
|Game||First Looks||3 Keys|
|Kansas State vs. Mississippi State||KSU||MSU||Preview||KSU 31, MSU 24||Stats|
|Colorado State vs. Arkansas||CSU||Arky||Preview||Arkansas 55, CSU 34||Stats|
|Northwestern St vs. LSU||NWSU||LSU||Preview||LSU 65, NWSU 14||Stats|
|Florida vs. Kentucky||FLA / UK||UK / FLA||Preview||Florida 29, UK 21||Stats|
|Kent State vs. Auburn||Kent St.||Auburn||Preview||Auburn 55, Kent St. 16||Stats|
|Alabama vs. South Carolina||USC / Bama||Bama / USC||Preview||Bama 47, USC 23||Stats|
|SE Missouri St vs. Missouri||SEMO||Mizzou||Preview||Mizzou 50, SEMO 0||Stats|
|Lamar vs. Texas A&M||Lamar||Texas A&M||Preview||TAMU 62, Lamar 3||Stats|
|Arkansas St. vs. Georgia||Ark. State||UGA||Preview||UGA 55, ASU 0||Stats|
|Chattanooga vs. Tennessee||UTC||Tennessee||Preview||Tennessee 45, UTC 0||Stats|
|SE Louisiana vs. Ole Miss||SE Louisiana||Ole Miss||Preview||Ole Miss 40, SELA 29||Stats|