Georgia-Oklahoma State: The Prediction

Wes HoltzclawCorrespondent ISeptember 2, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dawg poses before the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets defeated the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Three days from now, the Bulldogs will enter into the newly renovated Boone Pickens Stadium and face a team that is being hyped almost as much as the Bulldogs were a year ago.

The Cowboys are not ranked preseason No. 1, like the Dawgs were last season, but they are a top-10 team.

One similarity between the ‘08 Dawgs and ‘09 Cowboys is that they are ranked high because of the NFL prospects they have on their offense.

Will the Dawgs be able to hold the Cowboy offense to less than three touchdowns?

Will the Dawgs be able to exploit a Cowboy defense that is replacing several starters?

Will Georgia continue their road dominance?

Can the Cowboys live up to the hype?

These are all legitimate questions and all of them will be answered come Saturday afternoon in Stillwater.

Here is how I see this game playing out.

The Dawgs win the toss and defer to the second half.


Because we like to play defense first. To lay that first lick and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Plus, we like to get the ball first in the second half.

The Dawgs come out applying pressure that is a little unexpected on the first play and force a turnover deep in Cowboy territory.

Georgia’s “make-shift” offense comes out on the field pumped up and ready to get the ‘09 campaign underway.

Cox drops back, fakes to Samuel on play-action and hits TE Aron White wide open in the end zone for six.

After Blair Walsh hits the PAT, the Dawgs lead 7-0 and the Cowboys are already on their heels.

For the rest of the game, well you are just going to have to watch it and see for yourself.

Why do I have the Dawgs jumping out so quickly catching the Cowboys off-guard?

Go back and look at the 2003 opener against Clemson in Death Valley (30-0).

You can look at the Boise State game in 2005 in Athens (48-13).

When people have the Dawgs picked to be upset in week 1, the Dawgs play unbelievable football.

This week will be no different as they are a seven-point underdog.

Am I confident in our football team?

Yes and I believe this game will not be as close as the experts think.

Georgia goes into Stillwater, shuts down the offensive juggernaut and wins 35-17.