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College football is really starting to heat up and one of the hottest teams around will play in our game, the Georgia Bulldogs. On Saturday, the Dawgs will play a non-conference game against Sun Belt power Arkansas State at 12:00 P.M ET on ESPN2.
Currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Dawgs have won their first two games by a whopping 93-23 score. The first, against SEC program Vanderbilt, ended with a 30-6 score while their second game against Murray State saw Georgia hang 63 points on the Racers.
As for Arkansas State, they may not be as well known but they’ve been solid this year, despite their 1-1 record. They played two teams from respectable conferences and performed well. In Week 1, they fell late to SMU 37-30 before beating UNLV in Week 2 by a 43-17 final score.
Red Wolves Off to Solid Start
The Arkansas State football program has been dealing with a tragedy recently, as head coach Blake Anderson lost his wife in mid-August after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Anderson missed the first game of the season, a 37-30 loss to SMU, but he’s since returned, leading the Red Wolves to a monster 43-17 win over UNLV in Week 2.
For their third game at Georgia, Anderson and his team will be greeted by a sea of pink because Georgia fans have banded together to show support for Arkansas State’s coach.
Started by DawgSports, given traction by thousands of Georgia fans and now backed by the school, DawgNation is trying to get everyone in attendance to wear pink on Saturday to show support for the Anderson’s and anyone who has been affected by breast cancer.
The whole UGA community has been sharing and re-posting a simple message for Saturday through social media: #WearPinkForWendy.
(via UGA Wire)
— Arkansas State Football (@AStateFB) September 8, 2019
As for the team itself, they’ve been a solid program under Anderson, making a bowl game (with two wins) in each of his five seasons in charge. This year, the Sun Belt program has continued that trend, averaging 36.5 points and 456 yards per game. Their quarterback, Logan Bonner, has made everything go for the Red Wolves in his first season as starter, throwing six touchdowns to one interception while completing more than 62 percent of his passes. The junior has also run for another score.
On defense, Arkansas State’s secondary has been a highlight, allowing just one touchdown through the air while holding opposing offenses to just 6.2 yards per attempt. The secondary has also picked off a pass in each of their two games.
Coach Anderson talks about the win over UNLV.
“It was a good complete win,” Anderson said. “There were a lot of emotions wrapped up into today with me not telling them that I was coming back. Their reaction was a big spark and I liked the way they handled things emotionally, especially with how hard it is to compete on the road. I challenged them to just do the simple things, and I thought they did. We didn’t have many mistakes, didn’t turn the ball over, scored on defense and played solid on special teams. That’s a pretty complete football game.”
Dawgs Hoping to Stay Perfect
The Georgia Bulldogs will try for their third straight win on Saturday against Arkansas State, a respectable team from the Sun Belt Conference. Through two games, the Bulldogs have managed to stay perfect by exploding on offense and keeping opponents stifled on defense. Overall, they’re averaging 46.5 points per game offensively while holding opposing teams to 11.5 points per game.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 11, 2019
Currently ranked third in the nation, the Dawgs have eaten up Vanderbilt and Murray State with a wild rushing attack. In just two games, they’ve amassed 592 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Fresh off a 1,000-yard season last year, junior D’Andre Swift has picked up where he left off last season, averaging 9.7 yards per carry on 22 attempts with two scores. Senior Brian Herrien has also ran for two scores, freshman Zamir White has amassed 123 rushing yards on 13 attempts and overall, the group is averaging 7.4 yards per attempt.
On defense, the Dawgs manhandled fellow SEC team Vanderbilt on the road, which is no easy task. They held the Commodores to 3.4 yards per passing attempt, zero touchdowns, and just 225 total yards. Plus, on third down, they stopped Vanderbilt 11 times out of 14 tries.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
- 14-5 ATS in their last 19 games following a SU win of 20+ points.
- 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games on grass.
AR ST. is:
- 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- 4-10 ATS in their last 14 September games.
- 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-con games.
Updated on Sep 14 at 7:50am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Line has stayed at Georgia -33 all week with the Bulldogs getting 58% of the bets. The Sharps are on the side of the Red Wolves.
Injury / Weather Report
Arkansas State’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Dahu Green & RB Marcel Murray
Georgia’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: OT Owen Condon, DB DJ Daniel, DL Tramel Walthour, and Julian Rochester
Out: WR Tommy Bush, OL Isaiah Wilson, and WR Kearis Jackson
Weather: Mostly Cloudy with temps in the low 80s
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although Georgia is lending a helping hand to a grieving Arkansas State team, don’t expect them to take it easy on them on the field. In their last four home games against non-Power-5 programs, the Bulldogs have posted a point differential of +172. On average, they’ve beaten these lesser opponents by an average of 42 points per game. You can expect the same thing on Saturday; the Bulldogs offense and defense are both top-notch and they’ll use Arkansas State as a punching bag to get ready for No. 7 Notre Dame, who they play a week from Saturday.
Prediction: Georgia -33
Full-Game Total Pick
We know the Bulldogs are going to badly beat up Arkansas State’s defense on Saturday but the Red Wolves offense isn’t atrocious. In fact, they’ve put up 73 points in their two games this year against respectable opponents. The game won’t be close but they’ll be able to get in the endzone once or twice. After all, in their last two road games against major Power-5 programs, they’ve averaged more than three touchdowns per game (21.5 points per game). Anticipate a blowout at the hands of the Dawgs but don’t be surprised when the Red Wolves put together a few solid drives. Georgia wins 52-17.
Prediction: Over 58