5 reasons Georgia will – repeat, WILL – win at Arkansas

1. Georgia has played somebody. Two somebodies, actually. Arkansas has played Missouri State.

2. Mark Richt is still King of the Road until proven otherwise. And he has never lost more than one game in an opponent’s stadium in a single season. No, Georgia didn’t win in Stillwater, but it re-learned a lesson there.

3. Orson Charles = Big Time. The best asset an inexperienced quarterback can have is a strong running game, and Georgia hasn’t found that yet. The second-best asset an inexperienced quarterback can have is a first-rate tight end, and this freshman is.

4. The Hogs aren’t quite ready yet. Arkansas is 6-7 under Bobby Petrino, 2-6 in SEC play. Its two conference victories have come by a total of four points. Petrino will get results soon, but not just yet.

5. The game’s at night, and you-know-who likes to slip away under cover of darkness. There’s every chance Petrino could be coaching the Saskatchewan Rough Riders by the time the fourth quarter arrives Saturday. See the above photo for confirmation.

(This completes our all-Georgia Tuesday. Earlier we offered 5 reasons Georgia might well have turned the corner and then, in a flip-flop worthy of Petrino himself, 5 reasons it might not have. If you haven’t availed yourself of those entries, please feel free.)

253 comments Add your comment

DawgGirl32

September 15th, 2009
2:26 pm

First? I would say that we have in fact established a pretty strong running game, Mr. Bradley. Especially if Caleb King plays this Saturday. I definitely agree with everything else.

Cuz

September 15th, 2009
2:33 pm

Trailer for sale or rent. Rooms to let fifty cents.

King of the Road…….

DawgGirl32

September 15th, 2009
2:33 pm

I think the keys to this game are:

1. Stopping the run, which we seem to have no problem doing so far.
2. Getting pressure on Mallet, which should be considerably easier than Garcia.
3. Forcing some turnovers. This needs work.
4. Keep running. Please Bobo? Pretty please?

Cuz

September 15th, 2009
2:35 pm

Congrats DawgGirl on being first. Get Caleb or Waushan in the mix Saturday with a heavy dose of Samuel. Throw some dump passes to Carlton and let Orson be Orson.

Joey

September 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

Two reasons Dawgs may not win at Arkansas:
1. Willie
2. Martinez
Seriously, Mark, don’t you think Petrino’s offense will be able to score at least as many points as SC’s did?

Herschel Talker

September 15th, 2009
2:40 pm

I have no faith in Willie Martinez. I have no faith in Richt to light a fire under these guys. The road warriors of the past were more experienced and had hunger. These guys don’t. They need a master motivator, which Richt is not.

McDawg

September 15th, 2009
2:42 pm

JUSTIN HOUSTON

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

September 15th, 2009
2:43 pm

1 Reason why Georgia will win at Arkansas: Because I hate Bobby Petrino.

Old Dawg

September 15th, 2009
2:45 pm

I know they’re all back this year but the Hogs’ D was a shambles last year. The same was true for Oklahoma State, but Georgia’s offense showed some real fire power last weekend against a very good defense.

Road hassles and all, I have a feeling the Dawgs will light it up. As for the defense, if they can get any pressure on Mallet (who has very limited mobility) on critical downs UGA might be able to force some turnovers or (yes, this may actually happen) get a sack or two.

[...] (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.) [...]

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

September 15th, 2009
2:56 pm

Georgia would have a strong running game if Bobo would give the ball to Samuel more. Georgia went 3 consecutive offensive series in the first half without Samuel touching the ball. This was at a time when Georgia really needed to try and give its defense a rest.

matt_t

September 15th, 2009
2:57 pm

The game’s at night, and you-know-who likes to slip away under cover of darkness. There’s every chance Petrino could be coaching the Saskatchewan Rough Riders by the time the fourth quarter arrives Saturday.

Lazy, hack and trite.
You’re better than that Mark.

Mark Bradley

September 15th, 2009
3:00 pm

Apparently I’m not.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 15th, 2009
3:01 pm

Third boxcar midnight train, destination Bangor Maine, old worn out suit and shoes, I don’t pay no union dues….King of the Road

GatornDc

September 15th, 2009
3:01 pm

Mark – I like UGA’s passing game. However, no pass rush (eg – Garcia, etc).

Vegas line is ARK by 1. If UGA does beat ARK by 7-10 pts, they are back for REAL in SEC East and their next toughest would be in JAX.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 15th, 2009
3:03 pm

Third boxcar Midnight train, destination Bangor Maine, old worn out suit and shoes, I don’t pay no union dues……..King of the Road

Todd

September 15th, 2009
3:03 pm

No way. Not with Joe Cox. Sooner or later this somewhat Joe T. rerun (Cox is not Joe T. but he cannot play in the SEC in the long run) will implode.

I hate to say it, Sat. night is the scence of the crime. Mark Richt’s Joe T. rerun (last episode was the Tenn. 51 to whatever disaster).

Telling you Dawg fans, it’s only a matter of time.

JR

September 15th, 2009
3:04 pm

The single biggest problem on defense in the first two games has been Georgia’s inability to get pressure on the QB. We’re not even getting there on blitz packages. An average QB looks awesome if he has plenty of time to throw. We absolutely have to start getting more pressure.

Richard Samuel looked amazing against a very good SC defense. He has potential to be the best back in the SEC if he keeps finishing runs like that.

Also, Branden Smith could be a Percy Harvin-type of player if Bobo uses him right. Put together more plays designed for him and let him make plays!

AltamahaDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:06 pm

…..just not out of the endzone on KOs.

Tech alum

September 15th, 2009
3:07 pm

As a lifelong Falcons fan and former GT player, I have got to say without hesitation GO DAWGS this weekend!! I’m hoping you guys wear out the Hogs and embarrass Petrino on national TV.

wolfdawg

September 15th, 2009
3:10 pm

We just got the kiss of death.

BPClassof-85

September 15th, 2009
3:11 pm

I agree w/everything you said here Mark. I also agree w/a few other bloggers when I say we’ve got to get some pressure on the QB. Any QB is going to find an open receiver if he has as much time as we gave Garcia last Saturday. Blitz a LB or S down their throat if the front four aren’t getting through the OL.

Sanford Drive

September 15th, 2009
3:12 pm

Brown & Wooten. Have they had playing time? I sat in the nose bleeds on Saturday & couldn’t tell.

porkbelly

September 15th, 2009
3:18 pm

Let Samuel run the ball 25 times with Chapas leading the way and see what opens up on play action to wr and te

Okefenokee Dawg

September 15th, 2009
3:18 pm

We will win because we have to. Well, it was good enough for Mr. College Football.

navydawg

September 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

I’m still wondering why we haven’t tried to put in Marlon Brown to let him get experience.

WINGMAN

September 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

i know every engineer on every train,all of the chlidren and all of thier names….

MitonDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

This game is not going to be easy; Petrino and the Arkansas fan base have had this game on their minds for long time and want it to be their coming out party, aka Stillwater. Our offense and defense better show up if we are going to win.

SimpleDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:21 pm

It seems that Fayetteville is a difficult place to play, especially for Eastern Division teams, but I believe the Dawgs are battle hardened. Playing in a hostile environment should not be a problem for a motivated, talented team like Georgia; however, for the third week in a row they will be playing a team who has spent their whole off season focusing on them – sounds like one of those “Trap Games”.

The Dawggies can’t afford to lose this game, with their remaining schedule, if they expect to contend for the Eastern Division Title. Pressure on the passer is critical to success for the defense, and a strong running game is a necessity if the offense is to flourish.

Now is the time to make a statement and set the tone for the remainder of the season.

Spike

September 15th, 2009
3:23 pm

Dawgs over Hawgs! UGA turns the corner. Get Charles, Green, King, Samuel, Thomas, in the game and we will wear them out. Unleash Curran on defense, and GATA!

#1 BAMA FAN

September 15th, 2009
3:25 pm

Mr. Bradley, you are correct….the Hogs are not ready yet. RTR

La Jolla Dawg

September 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

I like you Mark and want to believe what you have written but lately you are akin to the Corso curse, so please write 5 reasons Georgia will- repeat WILL- lose to Arkansas.

Dallas Dawg

September 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

what happened to Marlon Brown and Wooten? did our coaches forget again?

Moonlight Mile

September 15th, 2009
3:26 pm

If the Dawgs play a clean game (no turnovers, limited penalties), we’ll win easily. Problem is we haven’t done that in what feels like two seasons. If we play clean, we beat OSU and USC handily. If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, there isn’t a team on our schedule that can’t beat us except maybe TT.

DestinDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:29 pm

Even though Joe Cox has the arm of an average high school quarter back, throw the ball to A.J. and he will find some way to come down with it. Throwing to him one time a quarter isn’t going to cut it.

Dewey Cox

September 15th, 2009
3:30 pm

UGA 64 ARK 10 MARK IT DOWN FOLKS!!!

SimpleDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:30 pm

4 hours of pushin’ a broom, buys a 8 x 12 4 bit room, I’m a man of means by no means….King of the Road.

Dawg Fud

September 15th, 2009
3:31 pm

this game is intriguing. i am really interested to see how much we have learned in the past two games.

GO DAWGS!

Coastal Hog

September 15th, 2009
3:32 pm

Arkansas will have over 450 yards of total offense in this game. The Dawgs will run into a buzzsaw while Mallet and his back-up put on a passing clinic in Fayetteville. Arkansas 48, Georgia 21. The King of the Road slips away in the darkness, only to discover he’s just been beaten like a rented mule on national TV. By the way, I watched the SC/GA game last week with my wife and she asked if Mark Richt wore make-up, I nearly fell off of my red leather Razorback sofa.

Dawgs 73

September 15th, 2009
3:35 pm

I would love to think that our beloved DAWGS can and should win, but I am not feeling too good about our chances…these are my thoughts.

Can UGA stop ARK and Bobby Petrino’s offense…uh, probably not. As much as I hate the prick, he is still a very well established offensive mind. Would any of you bet on Willie against Petrino…uh, no! The only opportunity for victory would be for the offense to hold the ball, not commit turnovers, and less than 5 penalties…not likely.

My prediction…ARK 38 – UGA 34

Dewey Cox

September 15th, 2009
3:37 pm

Whats wrong with having a good looking coach? Paul Johnson hurts my eyes, and Petrino is big panzy.

Raiderbeater

September 15th, 2009
3:39 pm

What sucks is I see Richt letting Branden Smith touch it maybe three times and giving up….he’ll have him back at his #4 corner spot seeing maybee 12 plays a game again. Martinez will once again play zone 40 yards down field and be eaten alive by the pass….it will be like a pitch and catch game at the county fair for mallet as our d-line lies on their backs from getting blown of the ball or pushed up field.

Will

September 15th, 2009
3:39 pm

The 2 pre-season games are over and UGA is 1-0 in the SEC. Now the real season starts and I think we will dominate this week. UGA struggles with mobile qbs because Sweet Willie cannot teach tackling for some reason. However, Mullet is not mobile at all, so Houston will keep him on his back most of the day. UGA 42-17.

NorthGaDawg

September 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

Dewey Cox:

What are you on? Are you Joe’s dad? Don’t get me wrong,
I would like to see it..

Starfish Dawg

September 15th, 2009
3:41 pm

We need to close or squeeze the gaps underneath our pASS defense. We are being violated like heII.

1eyedJack

September 15th, 2009
3:42 pm

BBQ pork sandwiches for everybody! Soooeee…ummm…good.

Go DAWGS!!! Woof!

Ted Striker

September 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

UGA will win because:

1) Arkansas is from the Sioux word “acansa,” — which means “downstream place” or “south wind.”

2) The state beverage of Arkansas is…milk.

3) The state dance of Arkansas is…square dancing.

4) The state flag of Arkansas was chosen in a contest in 1913 and the design was finalized in…1926.

In summary, UGA won’t lose to a southwind, milk drinking, square dancing, 13 year trying-to-decide-what-to-do-about-a-flag — school.

p.s. my hero, Mark Bradley said UGA will win and I have my life savings ($12.97) bet on the game.

traderdawg

September 15th, 2009
3:43 pm

To Tech Alum: Thanks, and hope you do well with the Dallas Cowboys this year.

JCubby

September 15th, 2009
3:44 pm

Coastal Hog. I’ll take Georgia and 27 all day long. How much? By the way, the reason your wife thinks Richt wears make up is because she’s from Arkansas and has never seen a man with clear skin.

Brooks

September 15th, 2009
3:45 pm

Coastal Hog, Don’t read into Georgia’s pass coverage too much last week. Mallet hasn’t thrown a pass in an SEC game yet this year. If you bank on what your team does against an inferior opponent then you are set up for disappointment. Just ask the Lane Kiffin and the Vols about that. They wiped the floor with Western Kentucky one week and couldn’t score the next. Ryan Mallet might be the next coming of Joe Montana but that is yet to be seen. Petrino is a lowlife and out for himself period. He will leave if the grass is greener on the other side. The Dawgs will be ready to play on Saturday I guarantee it. GO DAWGS!