The tenth-ranked team in the country takes on a team on a fifteen-game conference losing streak… and to hear many of the pundits speak, none of that seems to matter. Because (1) Arkansas is a physical football team and because (2) Arkansas is due. With regard to the first item, I can only refer you to the Razorbacks’ less than impressive effort during the fourth quarter in its last five SEC games. As for the latter, what makes Arkansas due now, as opposed to, say, its last three or four conference games?
My favorite part of the talking heads’ spin is how many of them admit they picked Missouri last week, but this week they’ll surely get it right.
The pundits may be full of shit, but if you’re a Georgia fan, there’s still reason to be nervous about today’s game. The main reason for concern is because, unlike last week, the Gurley situation has had another week to play out, with no resolution. I have no idea how that plays with the team’s psyche today, but I remember how the AJ Green suspension slowly sucked all the oxygen out of the room. You hope the team plays with the same chip on its shoulder that was there in Columbia, but there really is no telling.
There is a certain truth to strength facing strength today. But there are also key areas where Georgia is clearly better. Special teams being one. Fourth quarter play being another.
If Georgia keeps it close late, controls field position and doesn’t lose the turnover margin battle, I don’t see how the Dawgs lose today.