1. Joe Cox isn’t D.J. Shockley. Cox is a facilitator, not a playmaker. He has playmakers around him — A.J. Green, Richard Samuel, Orson Charles — but we still haven’t seen Cox make the tough throw or the third-down scramble.
2. This isn’t a shutdown defense. Georgia has one takeaway and two sacks in two games. It held South Carolina without a first down only twice in 13 possessions. The Gamecocks punted twice. They gained 427 yards, or 171 more than they’d mustered in a 7-3 victory over North Carolina State.
3. The offensive line still isn’t road-grading. Granted, Trinton Sturdivant has again been lost to injury, but the running game hasn’t yet coalesced. The Bulldogs have rushed for a total of 202 yards in two games, and 61 of those have come on Branden Smith’s end-around.
4. The penalty monsoon returned at full force. Georgia was flagged 13 times for 108 yards Saturday night. It looked like 2008 all over again.
5. The special teams are the football equivalent of Dave Kingman. Meaning, home run or whiff. The good news: Georgia set a school record for kickoff return yardage in a game (and did it before halftime) and blocked what would have been the tying extra point. The bad: It fumbled away a kickoff, got fooled on a fake punt and sailed a punt snap out of the end zone for a safety.
(Earlier today we presented 5 reasons Georgia just might have turned ye olde corner in beating South Carolina. And now here are 5 reasons the Bulldogs will — repeat, will – beat Arkansas.)