Arkansas Razorbacks: Expect Defense to Dominate

Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2009

MADISON - NOVEMBER 10:  Ryan Mallett #15 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 10, 2007 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Yes, I expect the defense to dominate Saturday night. After watching the Carolina "tivo", I came away very optimistic.

Mallett is big, slow, and may even be dumb, but all I care about is the slow part. Last week Garcia didn't exactly carve Willie's boys up like the stats would seem to indicate.
With the exception of the big tight end always being open on the 10 yard curl, and a couple of long routes that got behind us, the vast majority of Garcia's completions were after scrambles.

I do not have any stats on the COck's yards after reception, but rarely did the do any damage after catching the ball. Furthermore, rarely did he catch the ball moving towards the goaline. Most receptions were made coming back to the scrambling quarterback.

We cannot expect to maintain coverage on receivers for more than 4 seconds. This week, we will not have to. Unless Mallett can stand in there and throw it with Dawgs draped all over him, a la Jared Lorenzon, we should be able to increase our sack total for the year exponentially.

Arkansas has a good corps of SEC talent receivers, but they will not have all day to get open. Mallett will have to get rid of the ball quickly, allowing the Dawgs to tighten up on the edges and provide the opportunity for some interceptions.

Georgia should also be able to blitz. Garcia routinely sidestepped the blitz. Do not expect the same from Mallett. Expect Mallett to eat the ball or throw it up for grabs. I'll take either, because I do not see their receivers out battling our corners on jump balls.

Petrino has an excellent offensive mind. Certainly he will have a game plan to expose some of our weaknesses, but Willie has faired awfully well against stationary QBs in the past.  Throw in the talent level advantage Georgia's defense has and it adds up to a great performance by the Junkyard Dawgs.