Georgia heads to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face Oklahoma State on Sept. 5 in what is sure to be a lopsided victory for the Cowboys, or that is what many of the experts think.
The Dawgs have too many holes to fill at the skill positions after losing Stafford and Moreno and the Cowboys offense is loaded with a three-headed monster called Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter, and Dez Bryant.
Well in the words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friend!"
The key to victory in this one will not be the glamorous skill players who get all of the headlines, but the battle in both trenches among the big uglies.
Oklahoma State enters the 2009 season having to replace two starters on both the offensive and defensive lines.
They do have Lombardi hopeful, senior Russell Okung, anchoring the offensive line along with two other seniors, Brady Bond and Andrew Lewis. All three have been fixtures in the Cowboy offensive line for two or three years.
They will be trying to stop a front four that is big, athletic, and hungry to avenge a poor 2008 season.
The Georgia front four consists of DT Geno Atkins (6'1" 290 pounds), DT Jeff Owens (6'3" 300 pounds), DE Roderick Battle (6'4" 259 pounds), and DE Demarcus Dobbs (6'2" 274 pounds).
The edge in this battle goes to the Dawgs because not only will there be inexperience on the Cowboy offensive line, but the Dawgs will rotate in senior DT Kade Weston (6'5" 320 pounds) and sophomore DeAngelo Tyson (6'2" 294 pounds) to keep all four of the DT’s fresh and going at 100 mph.
On the other side of the ball, the Georgia offensive line will be one of the best in the country as they have seven players with starting experience.
They will be anchored by junior Clint Boling (All-SEC selection at LT in 2008) and sophomore Trinton Sturdivant (Freshman All-American at LT in 2007). Boling will likely move back to RT to give Sturdivant back his LT spot after Sturdivant missed the 2008 season with a knee injury.
Also on the O-line will be returning starters junior LG Chris Davis, sophomore RG Cordy Glenn (Freshman All-SEC 2008), and sophomore C Ben Jones (Freshman All-SEC in 2008).
They will also be rotating in junior Kevin Perez, senior Vince Vance, and junior Josh Davis who all have starting experience.
The Cowboy defensive line will return starters senior DE Derek Burton and junior DE Ugo Chinasa to go along with two new starters at the DT positions.
The Dawgs should win this battle as well.
Georgia’s offensive line will have another year of starting experience under their belts after they played at a high level as freshmen and sophomores in 2008. And new Oklahoma State D-Coordinator Bill Young will have his hands full working to improve on last season as offenses ran wild on the Cowboy defense, but having to replace five starters, it is not likely to change in 2009.