Big Hogs, little Dawgs

Have you heard that Arkansas’ offensive line is manned by large human beings?  No kidding.

Left tackle Dan Skipper is listed as 6-foot-10 and 326 pounds. That’s the same height as the tallest player on Georgia’s basketball team — 6-10 freshman center Osahen Iduwe.

The line averages 328.4 pounds, bigger than any other NFL line.

“Just really huge up front and that’s by design,” coach Mark Richt said. “Those guys are looking to knock people out of the way.”

But I’m feeling a little of that is overplayed, based on experience.  Remember when Georgia sported the largest offensive line on the planet?  Good times, then.  Only Boise State wasn’t that impressed.

Size is nice.  Good execution is nicer.  Read Cory’s breakdown of Arkansas’ running game and note that what killed Texas Tech wasn’t size so much as it was not getting lined up properly to fill the gaps.

However – the good news is that every SEC team for the past 15 tries has beaten the Razorbacks. Even the Texas A&M defense – as bad as it is – found a way to limit the damage of the Arkansas offense. As Coach Richt said in his press conference, Georgia will scheme to make Arkansas throw the ball. If they can do that, they have the ability to find success, rush the passer, and create opportunities for turnovers. The big question is if Georgia’s front 7 is up for the challenge.

Pruitt’s got a game plan.

Arkansas is coming off a game in which it threw the ball 40 times in its 14-13 loss to Alabama last week when it was held to 89 yards rushing on 39 carries.

“We know what they’re going to do and we’ve got to stop it,” Wilson said. “We prefer them to run the ball. That’s what we like to do. We like to stop the run.”

The question is, will Georgia’s defense execute it?

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55 responses to “Big Hogs, little Dawgs

  1. Bulldawg165

    So Arkansas ran 79 plays last week and only came away with 13 points? Wowza.

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  2. pete

    Our Boise St game was the first to come to mind when I read about Ark’s OL size. It didn’t help us. I like the Pruitt plan to be leaner, faster and more flexible. I certainly hope we don’t drop the ball (no pun intended) against Arkansas. Emotionally this game could set up good for them if they haven’t thrown in the towel…the Dawgs coming off one of the biggest wins in MR’s tenure (without the best player) and Arkansas needing an SEC win worse than ever. It would be nice to get Gurley back…that might spark us. I’m betting Gurley would run with a vengeance!

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  3. I like us this week. This offensive line doesn’t have the skill of the Bama ’12 line. See the Georgia-Wisconsin bowl games of the last 20 years for what should happen.

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  4. @gatriguy

    Special teams will be huge. Bert loves to fake punts to keep the ball and keep pounding. This is the week that we need a block, to blow up a fake, or to run a punt back.

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  5. 81Dog

    everybody’s got a plan until they get hit in the mouth. I just hope our guys remember, it’s better to give than to receive, especially in ass whuppins.

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      • Apologies to Bluto for thread jack. Per your possession question. We had the same question. Ben Dukes -DGD- took the time to answer an email and settle it for us.
        Technically, whenever a team POSSESSES the ball, it’s a possession. If Damian Swann intercepts a pass, then the other team’s possession ends at that moment. Then, if he fumbles it, and the other team gets it back, the other team gets a NEW possession. In such a situation, UGA did possess the ball, but it wouldn’t be entered into the possession stats.

        Because

        Statistics usually only refer to OFFENSIVE possessions as “possessions.” After a kickoff, you will often hear the announcers say “UGA will begin this possession at the 35” or whatever. That’s because it’s the “offensive possession.” Now, when Gurley catches the kickoff, that’s essentially the beginning of the possession right there. But, because it’s on special teams, it’s usually not referred to as a possession.

        So, the answer, sadly, is that both are correct. Generally “possessions” are statistically referred to as offensive. But, technically, an INT of Punt/Kick return for a TD is a possession as well.

        The offensive stats probably WOULD include a kickoff or punt return for a TD … but not likely an INT return, as that’s a defensive play.

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  6. On Dawgpost I’ve already read a 3 page thread about how we’ll lose so hows about we go light on that here.

    Apparently Richt is the only coach to allow a team to come out flat. No one else gets someone’s best game, every week. Arkansas wants it more even though we have more to play for. Etc…

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  7. SouthGaDawg

    “Big trees fall harder.” Did Twain say that too?

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  8. uglydawg

    “The Dawgs defense just dropped Ron Dayne in the backfield for another loss of yards”
    Speed kills. The BIg Whatever has always had their big linemen and how have they fared against the speed of the SEC?….Line up over a fat-ass and move on the snap…you can fill a gap or be in the backfield before he moves.

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    • Cojones

      And that’s where they can stop the rush – in the backfield. If their O line is effective for a few plays, here comes our linebackers.

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  9. bulldoggemes

    If Bama kept Arkansa to less than 100 yards, how does the size of their front 7 compare to ours? Don’t have time to do the research.

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  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    Not allowing Bama to run the ball effectively made Arkansas competitive.

    The tell to me is how well we run the football.

    Bama’s front is a little bigger than ours in spots, or that’s my perception, but Saban/Smart have always been pretty good at slowing down the run game.

    The question is, again…. Are We Man Enough?

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  11. Will Trane

    So now the Dawg Nation has woke up and taken notice of Arkansas. Bama never got the wake up call, just an officating crew who managed the clock for them.
    A lot of the Dawg season rides on this game. Whatever is going on with Gurley and what will be with him…well, it is irrelevant at this moment.
    An opportunity for the team to show who they are.

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  12. There are two questions heading into this game…1). Is the Georgia defense truly improved and as good as they appeared in the Mizzou game? Last time everyone was jumping up and down with excitement about this defense (Clemson) it turned out to be fools gold as Carolina passed and ran the ball at will against the Dawgs. 2). Will Mason be able to deliver a drive/game with his arm alone? He has yet to prove he is more than “average as grits”, and that’s being kind. We saw yet again last weekend that he is not able to hold his water under pressure (2nd intentional grounding throw at a DL’s knee). The answer to both must be a resounding Yes for the Dawgs to leave Little Rock a winners.

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    • Because Arky’s competence is a given?

      Allen’s passer rating is lower than Mr. “average as grits”‘s is.

      I guess this is just another situation where Georgia is going to get another team’s best shot. Man, when will that ever end?

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      • Against 4 Power Schools (Aub, TT, A&M, Bama) Allen is a 54.5% passer (6.19 YPA) and gets 170 YPG. He’s very average.

        But so is our guy, and they have their full stable of backs and we don’t.

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      • I am only speaking to what Georgia needs to do and our average as grits QB. If the Dawgs has any semblance of a virtical passing game, we would not worry about Arkansas. Without the best RB in a very long time, zero down field passing attack and a, let’s call it an uncertain D, we sit here worrying about a team that is 0 for its last 15 SEC games. Will the Dawgs validate Arkansas this weekend? It would not be the first time.

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  13. The last time UGA played a big, physical OL SoCar handed the front 7 its ass for 4 quarters. Hope a lot has changed since then.

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    • And yet that same D had no problems with the Missouri or Vandy O line. Maybe the D is getting better as the season progresses. Spurrier is tough to beat at home. For anyone! But especially Georgia. I thought his trot across the field 2013 in Athens for the handshake with RIcht was telling. Hot, frustrated and mumbling to himself. Also, my bride pointed out that CMR had a slight hitch to his giddy up when he broke into a trot to shake hands post Missouri. To begin that game in Missouri Richt had a very terse and business like face on. Everyone had their business face on. I suspect it will be more -business as usual- in Little Rock.
      “It’s not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”Bear Bryant
      I once met an Alabama fan ( home game that Hines Ward played qb?) that wore a t-shirt that had the MTwain “… size of the dog in the fight” quote on it. The t shirt attributed it to Bear Bryant.

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      • The Vandy and Mizzou OLs don’t compare (at all) to ARK or SoCar. That’s the issue.

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        • Understood. Perhaps I was reaching a bit? I was looking for D lines that USC has run their O line against that we have played. Trying to make a comparison of our DL with Missouri and Vandy’s.
          Texas AM took them to overtime and won. They aren’t the greatest team on the DL side. I wonder if the battle won’t be more between our O and their D? And their D held Bama to 66 yards rushing. Ball control, field position and special teams? And no rain please. That ball gets heavy. 😉

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      • 81Dog

        most Alabama fans probably think Mark Twain played QB at Vanderbilt in the 60s.

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      • uglydawg

        “Mark Twain” and “Samuel Clemens” are both pen names for Bear Bryant, so technically the ‘Bama fan’s shirt was correct. The Bears’s remain are buried under the 50 yard line at Bobby Dodd stadium, because his family…sick and tired of the Alabama obsession with football,…wanted him buried as far away from college football as possible.

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        • Cojones

          Liked that. Old punny jokes.

          I heard that Twain played for Bama and wore jersey #22. They called him Two-Two Twain.

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        • 81Dog

          I loved that part in Huck Finn where Jim devastated Alabama’s defense for 6 TDs, which allowed Tom to recruit some black kids for Bama’s team. Fortunately, Alabama was still able to claim a national championship for that season, too. You have to love prose with a happy ending!

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    • Normaltown Mike

      true we got no pass rush, but the damage by SC was done over the middle through the air as our DB’s and Safeties were consistently lost.

      SC didn’t run all over us, which is what Arky is built around.

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  14. Slaw Dawg

    When I think of a fast, undersized D going against a big O line, my first thought is Erk’s Junkyard Dawgs. Speed really does kill. But their RBs are the real deal and this will be the toughest run O we’ve seen all year. We won’t be able to control clock and rest our D as in MO. Just gonna have to man up in the trenches and play hard and fast on the outside.

    More I think about it, Mason’s gonna have to have a game. We can’t let them load the box and stuff Chubb, Douglas, etc. If we can get something going downfield, and I man deep, we get an edge. If not, we’ll probably lose. Don’t think we can burn them with the short routes as well as we did MO.

    Keep it close, and I like us to pull it out in the 4th. These last 2 years, we’ve shown that our guys can play 60 minutes. It’s another one of those Dooley things, like field position and turnovers, tackling and opening up just enough of a hole for a TB to squirt through for 4 yards instead of 2, all of which are probably gonna decide this one.

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    • charlottedawg

      I too think Georgia needs mason to have a big day. Not necessarily throw for 250 yards but similar to mizzou make the the throws when asked and convert third downs.

      As encouraging as the mizzou game was that wasn’t a sustainable model. You’re not going to get 5 Turnovers and by extension 5 bonus drives a game. You’re also not going ask a freshman to carry 38 times.

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      • We threw for 200 yards and ran for 200 more against the OBC. Home field might have helped them a bit. Little Rock is not really home field for the Hogs. This will be their first game there this year. So there is that. They haven’t beat an SEC team in the 15 attempts. I’d hate to spoil their record.

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        • Debby Balcer

          Little Rick is home field for the Razorbacks. There are a lot of fans who can not drive to Fayetteville who are always in Little Rock
          My Daddy’s cousin has worked in the office there forever over 30 years. Don’t count the game being in Little Rock as a disadvantage to them.

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  15. @gatriguy

    I was first team all-state, I’ll make it rain out here. Awesome Wedding Crashers reference.

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  16. Scorpio Jones, III

    See….the problem with all this size of the dog in the fight stuff is that the homily comes from humans. Dogs do not perceive size.

    Dogs don’t give a shit if the other dog is 6-10 and nine hundred seventy three pounds. Dogs just attack.

    You think UGA knew that Auburn receiver was 19 times his size?

    Dawgs just GATA!!!!

    Especially when they smell bacon.

    Ok Homes….I am ready, where’s the airport?

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    • 81Dog

      I have a 9 pound Jack Russell terrier that would heartily endorse this message, if she could read and type. That mutt ain’t scared of nothing; in her heart, she’s the size of a grizzly bear.

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        I got a Jack myself (part of a pack) and you are absolutely right…problem is the bear just sees an hors d’oeuvre…course some bears would run anyway…maybe pigs are the same.

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      • This is very true. Jack Russel Terrorist! Our Jacks “Bandit” and “Sammie” chased the neighbor’s (MR. “Tennessee”) hound through the neighborhood. He threatened me with his attorney!
        Because of proximity to the creek and green space the county secretly tried to establish a feral cat colony in our neighborhood. The cats would climb our fenced in yard and investigate the bird feeders and shrubs. Bandit had it timed and knew somehow the point of no return for the cat when it retreated and tried to exit the way it entered. I’m always a bit saddened by the demise of some animal or snake that has wandered into the backyard . But it was hard to harness any sympathy for the feral cats. My sons insisted on burying them in small unmarked graves which made me just a little nervous as it started to resemble a pet cemetery. There was a guinea pig, hermit crab and fish out there too. Yikes.

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        • uglydawg

          I had an old yard dog once that didn’t seem to be afraid of anything. One day we were walking in the back field and saw the neighbor’s newfoundland. I said, “Git’ em Jess” and he just looked at me and said “uh-uh”. But I now have a rat terrier that will go after anything that walks, flys or crawls.

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          • 81Dog

            I have a rat terrier, too. Completely different personality than the Jack, though also willing to charge most anything that violates his airspace. The RT has a lot of personality; my wife calls him a “Velcro terrier,” because all he really wants is to be up against somebody 24/7. Smart as a whip, and occasionally starts spinning like a top when he’s excited, then breaking off into a random, flight of the bumblebee-style dodging run.

            I don’t consider this a thread jack because we’re still talking about dogs with a little fight in them. 😉

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            • uglydawg

              Only troubles with the RT is the shedding and he get’s carried away playing and thinks everything is a real fight…but what an athelete he is!
              Try tying a string to a long stick and put a clothspin on it. Attach a squeeky toy to it and pull it around on the lawn….Great fun..but after that you cannot take him fishing or he’ll grab lutes, bobbers, fish, etc.
              When I throw a fish back, Spurdog (RT’s name) goes in after it.

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            • I don’t think it would matter. Bluto is a Georgia guy, writer of a Georgia blog and lover of good music. I just can’t imagine him not having a dog and enjoying posts about great dogs.
              Gee, what if I had it all wrong and Bluto was secretly a closet cat lover????
              ?……..Naahhhh! 😉
              “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”
              ― Mark Twain

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        • Cojones

          AHD, Priscilla and Fannie Mae say “Woof!” to Bandit and Sammie. If they are a two-dog force against feral cats, I want to meet’em. While we have two house cats in our home at present (one of’ums mine), they are spayed and neutered and never permitted outside even though we live “in the country” so to speak.

          My brother and I hunted them at night from a jeep going back to the early 50s. Your dogs are doing a great service to wildlife by taking them out. Nothing good can be said for feral cats. I live trap here to protect baby chicks from raccoons, but mainly to get rid of feral cats. Haven’t seen one in two years, but had 4 roaming around previous to that.

          A study done by UGA several years ago demonstrated to the world that pet housecats, even though fed and sheltered at home, became nondiscerning killers of wildlife when permitted to roam outside. I used the article to keep the county from cutting back on their budget and reducing their catcher’s time. They listened.

          By the way, I’ll have to go to the beach and get a smelly dead crab as bait next time, no disrespect to “Herman”.

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  17. DawgDaddy

    Has everyone forgotten this post from fanternity.com on Tuesday? Read it again, it should make you feel a little better. This game is not a lock but I will be somewhat surprised if the Dawgs don’t win it.

    “If you go into Arkansas’ stats (CFBSTATS.COM is my fav)….their rushing yardage breaks down to: in 3 non-SEC games, they have accumulated over 1100 yards on the ground, while in their 3 SEC games they have not managed 600 yards total. In short…a decent SEC defense can severely limit the Arkansas rushing attack. And keep in mind…UGAs defensive stats are very similar to Alabama’s….and you see how that turned out for Arkansas….13 points.”

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  18. uglydawg

    What’s not being said (too much..but alluded to) is the fear a lot of us have that the Hogs came so close to beating ‘Bama and are so hungry for an SEC victory in front of their crazy fans, that the frenzy will drive them into a super-team. I was really hoping they’d beat ‘Bama, mostly for this reason.
    I’m looking for HM to come out throwing….play action and deep thows or maybe the old statue of liberty….scary stuff…but getting the crowd out of it early would be nice.

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      I know some big guys…they pretty sporty for about 100 yards, but they give out chasin the little fast guys around.

      I got a feeling this is gonna be one of those fourth quarter thingys.

      I delivered the flowers and candy to the Ladies of Kharma, but all they said was thanks.

      Yo…Coach Hartman…can you hear me? Can you feel me? Speak to the kickers, will ya?

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  19. DawgPhan

    I am just going to go with Dawgs roll in this one. Arkansas sucks. They could have played 8 more quarters and not scored one more point against Bama.

    You dont lose 15 straight SEC games be being good or even close to good.

    They suck.

    We are going to crush our enemies, see them driven before us and hear the lamentations of the women.

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