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FutureStarrArkansas vs georgia
The Southeastern Conference and the Sun Belt Conference are competing in what will undoubtedly have repercussions across the college football landscape. Both conferences have been exploring playoff format changes, with the SEC hoping to move from a model with only two automatic qualifiers to a model with four. The Sun Belt would also like to move to a schedule that skews the playing time given to conference champions.
When Jefferson throws, it's no secret Burks will be his go-to target. The junior has been targeted 30 times this year, catching 19 passes for 373 yards and two scores. As evidenced by allowing just one offensive touchdown all year, Georgia's defense doesn't have many vulnerabilities. However, a revamped secondary has yet to be challenged much this season, which should give Jefferson and Burks chances to take shots downfield. Containing Burks and forcing the other receivers to win this game is likely to be a cog of the strategy from Smart and coordinator Dan Lanning. Take the Arkansas drive that began immediately after the blocked punt and subsequent Georgia score, with just more than two minutes to play in the opening quarter. The Razorbacks were still standing, shaky but somewhat upright, between Sanford’s famed hedges and steered the ball 55 yards — a tidy sum against the Bulldogs, who had been giving up around 182 yards per game. But that drive, the finest of the early going for Arkansas, included a holding penalty, a self-recovered fumble and, finally, a field-goal attempt that veered rightward.
Their work is not done, however. They’ll be tested like they never have on Saturday. The second-ranked Dawgs are elite. No other way to say it. They hit you in the mouth, and score on you at will. Outside of the early clunker against Clemson - which they won - they have put up points in bunches. It’s been hard for defenses to tame them. And their defense has been electric.Allen, displaying an incredible amount of grit and toughness, tossed his third touchdown of the second half just three minutes later, this time to freshman wide receiver Kendrick Edwards. Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noted it was the latest they had scored against an SEC team this season: (Source: bleacherreport.com)
Nine of Georgia's 10 plays on its first drive of the second half, but the Razorbacks forced Bennett to pull down a pass on third-and-short to force a field goal from Jack Podlesny hit a 30-yard field goal to push the lead to 27-0. It's a modest win for an Arkansas defense that was getting gashed on the ground. Will it matter in the end? Probably not. But there are such things as moral victories for a team that is not used to being in the national spotlight. Jack Podlesney with a 46-yard field goal to push the lead to 24-0, but it wasn't the cleanest drive. Stetson Bennett tried to force a ball into double-coverage on third-and-five and it was almost picked off. The play call was a bit curious considering the Bulldogs are averaging 5.3 yards per rush on the afternoon. The Razorbacks defensive line had its moments on that drive, which is a significant improvement from earlier in the game when they were getting pushed back five yards off the line of scrimmage.
The Bulldogs have not won a national championship since their 1980 campaign. So far this season, though, the swagger that erupts from Athens most autumns appears well-placed, and the debate over whether Alabama is the country’s top team is swelling. The two teams could meet on Dec. 4 in the Southeastern Conference title game, which could be less of a play-in game than one that would determine seedings.But Saturday started with a Georgia showcase, from four sacks to James Cook’s 87 rushing yards, including a 24-yard dash. Through the season’s first five games, the Georgia defense, one of the nation’s best by one metric after another, has proved as expert as an Atlanta rush hour at shutting down whatever lane just looked open. The Bulldogs, who also held Vanderbilt scoreless on Sept. 25, have now managed back-to-back shutouts in SEC play for the first time since their 1980 title run. (Source: www.nytimes.com)