- Whew -- Saturday night's final defensive stop was absolutely enormous. If they score there, the Dawgnation would have come totally unglued at the seams. I've seen people online making it sound like we only won because of a great defensive play by Rennie. Well, duh. How else do you stop someone in a big SEC rivalry game? With a routine defensive play? On South Carolina's final six trips into the redzone, they didn't come away with a single touchdown. I can live with that. In 2006 (which seems to be the season folks want to compare this one), we surrender that score.
- Mallett -- Arkansas is tailor made for Georgia's defense right now. Ryan Mallett is epic slow. He's probably slower than Taylor Bennett or Rudy Carpenter. He's your stereotypical big armed, slow footed ex-Michigan QB. He loves the deep ball, and he is prone to bad decisions. With the return of Justin Houston and the emergence of Cornelius Washington, we should get better production from the Rush End spot. Rod Battle's season ending injury weakens us at Buck End; however, the Arkansas running game probably suits up nicely for a combination of big guys like Demarcus Dobbs and Geno Atkins to help control the line there. (Note: Owens played some DE last week after Battle went down)
- DJ Williams (Arkansas TE) is going to be a problem. Last year against SEC defenses, he routinely went for 4-8 catches per game. He was a reliable safety net for the mediocre Hawg QBs from last year. We can't defend him the way we defended SC's tight ends or it'll be a long night.
- Ochodos -- That's what Mike Moore jokingly called himself on Twitter yesterday. That's funny stuff.
About our neighbors:
- UT at UF -- If you're related to any of the Tennessee QBs, I don't recommend watching this one. The Gators may not score as many points as their fan base thinks because the Vol defense is pretty good. So, the pain will be inflicted on the Vol offense. For the Gators to score the 50+ points everyone seems to expect, the Vols would have to turn it over in their own redzone 4+ times. That's possible, but I think the score won't reflect just how badly the Vol offense will be beaten up.
- WVU at AU -- The Tigers are looking good so far, and the Mountaineers are a shadow of last year's team. Win this one, and AU should be 4-0 heading into Tennessee against an incredibly beatable Vol squad. I'm not saying that I think AU is good. But they have definitely caught some breaks on the schedule this year. On the other hand...
- Miss State's Schedule -- Dan Mullen's first schedule looks tougher by the day. His non-conference schedule includes home games against Georgia Tech and a Houston squad that just beat Oklahoma State. And he also has a road date against an MTSU squad that took Memphis to the woodshed. From the east they get Florida at home and travel to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. This week's match-up at Vanderbilt is one he desperately needs before facing six Top 25 teams.
- Georgia Tech at Miami -- Great match-up for Thursday Night. The Canes gave up eleventy billion rushing yards to the Jackets last year, and Tech doesn't look like it can stop any competent or quasi-competent passing game. If Tech wins, they are looking at a 9-3 season almost at a minimum. A win by Miami puts them as the odds on favorite for winning whichever ACC division they are in (honestly...how many football fans know who is in which division or what the name is? I know who is who...but the names? Forget it)
What jumped out at you from the weekend?
-- Tickets: Georgia vs. Arkansas