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Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy

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When and where: September 14, 2019, Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA, 12:00 PM ET

The Georgia Bulldogs will look to continue to roll through the soft early portion of their schedule with Saturday’s meeting coming against the visiting Arkansas State Red Wolves. After losing by a touchdown to SMU in the season opener, the Red Wolves responded by blowing out UNLV on the road.

However, they’ll stay on the road against the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs, who are coming off consecutive wins over Vanderbilt and Murray State. This meeting is similar to the Red Wolves actually getting thrown to the wolves in Week 2 last season, when they had a run-in with the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

For whatever reason, the football scheduling gods have a bone to pick with Arkansas State.

Anderson returns to Arkansas State

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson’s return in Week 2 had a jovial response, despite the somber undertone. He opted to step away from the team to be with his wife, Wendy, in her last days during her battle with cancer. His return appeared to light a spark under the Red Wolves, who bounced back from a loss to SMU to knock off UNLV on the road, 43-17.

Now, they’ll face the herculean task of slowing down the Bulldogs’ dominant ground attack, if they even have a prayer of competing.

Stopping the rushing attack proved to be a huge problem for the Red Wolves against UNLV, who lit them up for nearly 200 yards on the ground with a fierce rushing attack spearheaded by junior tailback Charles Williams.

Sure, the Bulldogs haven’t done much through the air, but that could quickly change if Arkansas State gets trampled on the ground early in the game. Red Wolves quarterback Logan Bonner will also have to avoid silly turnovers that could quickly take his team out of the game. Can the junior continue to be methodical and take what the defense gives him? The answer to that question will mean the difference between competing and getting blown out.

Another stepping stone for Georgia?

Georgia is coming into Saturday’s game with the sole intent of treating Arkansas State like an appetizer to the main course meal in Week 4 against Notre Dame. Sure, quarterback Jake Fromm hasn’t lived up to the hype early in the season, but there is still hope the junior can turn it around after racking up only 322 passing yards and two touchdowns in his first two games of the season.

Defensively, there could be a challenge for the Georgia pass defense.

Perhaps the Bulldogs will attempt to air the ball out a bit more against the Red Wolves’ susceptible secondary, or they can stick with the human sledgehammer in the offensive backfield in running back D’Andre Swift to bludgeon them on the ground.

A year after going over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yards, the junior rushing daemon looks prime to have another breakout season. His mere presence on offense, along with Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh, takes most of the load off Fromm, who will eventually figure things out and catapult himself back into the draft conversation. That moment could come on Saturday against an overmatched Arkansas State defense.

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The defensive front for the Red Wolves was looking like Swiss cheese against UNLV. Williams’ ridiculous 168-yard rushing performance wasn’t about reeling off a couple long runs to blow up his yardage total. No, he smashed through the defensive front on 19 carries with an 8.8-yard average.

Good luck slowing down the endless waves of rushers at Georgia on Saturday.

The Bulldogs are averaging nearly 300 rushing yards per game, and they won’t stray too far from that total against the Red Wolves. On the other side of the ball, I expect Georgia’s defense to put tremendous heat on Bonner. The Red Wolves will be going up against a defense only allowing an average of 69.5 yards per game on the ground.

Not being able to run the football effectively will force Bonner into the uncomfortable position of playing hero ball with his arm on the road. However, his red cape will get clipped by the Bulldogs’ defense as Georgia surges ahead to a third consecutive victory.

Prediction: Georgia Bulldogs (-32)

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The inability to at least slow down the ground game is a no-no for any team hoping to have a prayer of beating Georgia. This will be another game where the Bulldogs lean heavily on their bevy of rushers, most notably Swift, to set the tone and open up the rest of the offense. They are already averaging 46.5 points per game. I’d strongly consider taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (58)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.