Bulldogs' Joe Cox and AJ Green Ready For Prime Time Against Arkansas

Eddie Bruce aka GeorgiaDawgAnalyst ISeptember 18, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs pulls in this reception against Akeem Auguste #3 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The last time Georgia and Arkansas got together on the football field it was 2005. That game was played in Athens, and Georgia won 23-20.

There is not a lot of history in this series. Georgia leads all-time 8-3, and the Dawgs have won five straight in the series.

What most consider the biggest game in the short history of this series was the Georgia 30-3 win over the Razorbacks in the 2002 SEC championship game.

That game was not close.

This Saturday in Fayetteville will be no different.

Despite having a new and improved high-octane passing game, the Razorbacks have little in the secondary. While Bobby Petrino may be scheming as to how to beat the Dawgs through the air, it will be the Dawgs who will do damage with the passing game on Saturday.

I hate to spoil it for all you Dawg fans out there. I also hate to ruin it for the "Hawg" fans who expect their team to beat the Dawgs and avoid the "upset."

But it's just not going to happen. Here are three reasons why.


1) Joe Cox to AJ Green

This isn't really much of a stretch. Unless you have missed the past 15 or so Georgia games, you know all about AJ Green.

Green looked like the All-SEC receiver that he is this past Saturday. Obviously the most dangerous weapon on the field for the Dawgs, he may very well be the best receiver in the country.

Joe Cox knew that long before the season started. Against South Carolina, Cox found Green repeatedly.

Arkansas' defensive backs are not the team's strength on that side of the ball. In fact, they are a glaring weakness.

While I would love to see the Dawgs play smash-mouth football and run the ball down the collective throat of Bobby Petrino and company, something tells me the Joe Cox to AJ Green show will be in prime time this Saturday night.

Look for Cox to hit the 300 yard mark. AJ will account for over 100 of those.


2) Big Ryan Mallett

Ryan Mallett is a big boy. He stands 6'7" and weighs 238 pounds.

In their first two games the Dawgs chased Steven Garcia and Zac Robinson all over the field. Minimal success was the result.

In Fayetteville on Saturday night, the Dawgs won't have to look very much to find Mallett. He will be in the pocket, and he will be a stationary target for the most part.

Justin Houston will be back at defensive end for Georgia. He is quick and fast and should help put some pressure on Mallett.

If the line can't put sufficient pressure on Mallett, look for Martinez to send the linebackers.

Pressure will come.

Sacks will follow.

Mistakes will happen.

I will be shocked if the Dawgs leave Arkansas without at least two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Yes, the Dawgs will win the turnover battle.


3) The Brandon and Branden show (Act Two)

Brandon Smith is a freshman. Branden Boykin is a sophomore. If you are a Georgia fan and that doesn't get you excited, please have the person next to you check your pulse.

These two young men really sparked the Dawgs last week against the Gamecocks.

Youthful and careless mistakes have reared their heads on several occasions, but the speed and excitement these two guys bring to the field is unquestioned.

Boykin's 100-yard kick return for a score, and Smith's 61-yard run on a reverse for a score are highlight film material for years to come.

The biggest problem with these two guys is how to get them the ball more.

With a big SEC game behind them, I look for these guys to really shine this week on the road in Fayetteville.

A touchdown a week from either one of these guys may become the norm before the season ends.


Final Observations

Richard Samuel ran hard against the Gamecocks and looked as though he could break a long run at any time.

The addition of Caleb King into the rotation will hopefully give the Dawgs that change of pace that they have lacked with Carlton Thomas.

These freshmen are good. The future looks bright in Athens.

Final score: Georgia 31, Arkansas 17


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