Can Georgia Hawg-Tie the Razorbacks in Fayetteville?

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Can Georgia Hawg-Tie the Razorbacks in Fayetteville?
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After an emotional, thrilling win in the closing seconds against South Carolina last week, the Georgia Bulldogs head north for their first SEC road game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Dawgs have already been road tested once this season, coming up short in a 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State.

Can the Dawgs deal with the pressure of playing on the road once again?

Coach Bobby Petrino is entering his second season at the helm in Fayetteville and is hoping to improve on what he started last season.

Petrino has had all offseason, a cupcake opener (Missouri State), and a bye week to get ready for Joe Cox and Company.

Petrino was known as an offensive genius while he was at Louisville and has yet to show that same success at Arkansas.

He has Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett running his offense along with a pair of talented running backs in Michael Smith and Ronnie Wingo, Jr.

The Razorbacks put up 447 yards passing against a porous Missouri State defense. If the Dawgs want to hold the Razorback passing game to a respectable number, they will have to tighten up the secondary in their coverages.

Will the Dawgs force the Razorbacks to beat them on the ground?

The Georgia defense has been stout against the run in spurts, but they have been unable to get pressure on the quarterback.

Even though they are giving up 143 yards a game, they are also only allowing 3.8 yards a carry, which is respectable.

The Dawgs lost DE Rod Battle to season-ending injury but got some good news with DE Justin Houston back this week after a two-week suspension, which should help with the pass rush.

The Georgia offense got on track last week against the Gamecocks, and the return of RB Caleb King should help in the running game.

One thing the Dawgs have to do in the hostile environment is control the clock with the run. Accomplishing that will open up the play-action passing game, and it will also keep the defense on the sidelines to rest.

They need to minimize the turnovers and keep from giving the opposing teams a short field to work with to score.

The defense was impressive last week as they held the Gamecocks to five field goals, even though they had their backs against the wall for much of the game.

When you are put in that situation, giving up field goals is much better than giving up touchdowns.

The Georgia opponents have been in the red zone a total of 10 times in two games and have scored nine times, but only four of those scores have been touchdowns.

For this reason the Dawgs will hold the Hawgs out of the end zone for most the game, and they go 2-0 in the SEC with a 34-23 victory on the road.

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