Georgia-Arkansas Preview Capsule
No. 10 GEORGIA (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) at ARKANSAS (3-3, 0-3), 4 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Georgia by 3 1/2.
Series Record: Georgia leads 9-4.
WHATS’S AT STAKE
After a Southeastern Conference-opening loss against South Carolina, Georgia has firmly established itself as the class of the East Division with four wins in a row – including last week’s 34-0 throttling of Missouri. The Bulldogs, once again facing the prospect of playing without Heisman Trophy hopeful Todd Gurley, hope to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive when the face their first SEC West opponent in Arkansas. The Razorbacks are desperate to end a 15-game SEC losing streak.
Georgia’s front seven against an Arkansas offensive line that averages 328.4 pounds per player. The Bulldogs, led by linebacker Amarlo Herrera’s 47 tackles, are second in the SEC in rushing defense – allowing 101.7 yards per game on the ground. They’ll face the conference’s best rushing attack, with RBs Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams leading a team that averages 278.7 yards rushing per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: With Gurley out last week, 5-foot-10, 228-pound Nick Chubb filled in nicely for the Bulldogs in the win over Missouri. The freshman touched the ball 42 times (38 carries, 4 catches) and accounted for 174 yards of total offense.
Arkansas: Collins had his worst game of the season in last week’s 14-13 loss to Alabama, missing the first quarter because of a suspension following a pair of missed workouts and finishing with only 13 yards rushing on six carries. Despite the setback, the sophomore is still fourth in the SEC in rushing with an average of 105.7 yards per game.
FACTS AND FIGURES
Saturday’s game is in Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium, and it’s the only game Arkansas will play there this season after years of multiple contests there … Last week’s shutout of Missouri was Georgia’s first on the road over a ranked team in school history … Arkansas held Alabama to only 227 yards of total offense last week … The Bulldogs are 7-2 against Arkansas since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992.