I think we will play pretty solid football, especially on offense. I am more concerned about the lack of talent at linebacker and the defense as a whole. We should be improved with Barry Odom heading up the defense, but he can’t block or tackle.
If we play hard and physical and don’t quit like we have in the past few years, that would be a good start to the season.
We had 1 all sec preseason. They had double digits. No one gives us a chance. I have no idea what to do expect. New coaching staff, covid, just hoping I see some want to out there. New era, gotta start somewhere. Go hogs
And its absolutly the best thing that could be happening for us right now, (mindset) viewing a unknown opponent as a glorified scrimmage opportunity, to fine tune for the Auburn game the following week.
If Arkansas can force their Freshmen D’wan Mathis into making decisions and not allow him to find some comfort in the flow of the offense…all bets are off.
In looking at Missouri’s results the last few years against GA, the spread looks about right. I think Odom is a fine coach, but his teams really struggled with GA when he was head coach and guys knew his system. We couldn’t even handle MO with our talent…
I am not trying to be a downer, but I am not expecting a win out of the gate with our new coaching staff. I am expecting to see vast improvement. So my score prediction will be 31-17 bad guys. But much like most games last year, we won’t be able to stop the opponents in the 4th when it really matters.
Now, I WILL be routing for some MAGIC to return because ANYTHING is POSSIBLE!!! So GO HOGS!!!
That is not Todd Monken’s modus operandi in college or the NFL. He has been implementing Mike Gundy’s air raid since day one of practice. Yes they will definitely test Derrick LeBlanc’s line to see if its improved and in pure desperation if D’wan Mathis decision making and accuracy hasn’t matured since G-Day 2019.
The Georgia fans convinced HC Kirby Smart that more offensive explosion was needed and he’s allowed Coach Monken to have total freedom.
You’re right it’s not Monken’s MO, but they have a tough QB situation, studs on the Oline and Kirby Smart as the head coach. They would be idiots not to pound it on us to start out until we prove we can stop it. That aside, I believe the weakest part of our defense is the back end from linebackers to the secondary, which is a perfect situation for an air raid attack.
The final score isn’t what I’m worried about after the past few years watching our Hogs blow leads under CBB and follow that up by just rolling over and becoming a punching bag!
I want to see some toughness and fight! Play hard regardless!
Their second string could probably beat us in all honesty. We are one of the least talented teams in the SEC.
Theres a reason they aren’t worried, and until we recruit better and prove something, it’s justified to not worry about us.
I do agree to take pressure off of a Freshmen QB most Opposition Coordinators will test Derrick LeBlanc’s line.
My biggest fear is D’Wan Mathis “LEGS” not his arm.
He can easily extend a perfectly defended play. His accuracy is questionable but his elusiveness is elite.
I’ve been reading a lot about their practice reports the past 2 months and Jamie Newman was the most successful moving the ball downfield, J.T. Daniels was #2 barring clearance. D’Wan Mathis wasn’t mentioned until 2nd/3rd references were made.
That only changed recently when Newman left. 14 days ago the Georgia board was hyping J.T. Daniels as the man. As of today Sunday September 20th still hasn’t been cleared for contact now D’Wan Mathis is now being hyped because Arkansas shouldn’t present that much of a challenge next weekend because of their 2018 - 2020 win/loss record.
If Georgia is unable to run the ball at a successful clip, at least enough to keep 3rd downs respectable and everything falls on this young man’s shoulders, I’m telling anyone that will listen Arkansas can win this freaking game.
Given it’s the first game and all of the kinks aren’t worked out, I’d say Ark has a much better chance now than if we played them in the 2nd week.
An elite running QB that can throw just ok, is a nightmare for defenses. See Matt Jones, the list goes on. It’s another runner you have to keep up with and I’ll bet your right that Mathis will run plenty. They will likely prefer to for him to run in game one if his primary, or maybe secondary receiver isn’t open.
I just hope our offense is on - unlikely game one - and we get a few breaks and most importantly… this team is free of completely goober mistakes like I saw under Morris in season 1 early games. e.g. players with the same number on the field at the same time, offsides on a qb, complete missasignments on the Oline.