Nothing particularly profound, but I’ve got a few minutes before heading out to Athens, so here goes:
- Green’s appeal being denied doesn’t make me happy, but I can’t say I’m surprised, either. Seth Emerson has a good explanation as to why. Bottom line: he had to know he was crossing a line of some sort when he sold the jersey. Life goes on, though.
- Potentially disturbing trend to be aware of – if the Dawgs lose today, that will mark a fourth straight home loss to a ranked team.
- I don’t think either team has much of an advantage in the intangibles. It’s pretty much a must-win type game for both, albeit for slightly different reasons. Petrino acknowledged that he had his team spend a week in the spring prepping for Georgia. Richt knows that the loss in Columbia makes today’s game big for his team.
- Yeah, the Dawgs are down a few key players. But if the offensive line, running backs and special teams step up and play to their reputations today, that’s more than enough to offset the walking wounded/suspended.
- Two things I took away from watching the South Carolina game that give me grounds for optimism today are Aaron Murray’s upside and the pass rush. Especially the latter, given that Arkansas doesn’t have a running threat on the order of Lattimore and its quarterback is less mobile than Garcia.
- On the other hand, two things that bother me: Georgia got killed repeatedly with the draw play on obvious passing downs. That has to tighten up today, or it’ll be another long day on the third and Willie front. And Georgia’s run blocking in the second half was noticeably more feeble than in the first. A big reason for that was Chapas being out. He’s not playing today, either.