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How and what to watch for Georgia vs. Arkansas

While Georgia is going into 2020 as a potential national title contender, Arkansas is looking to avoid its 20th straight loss against SEC opponents.

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The fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs will get their season started on the road against an Arkansas Razorbacks team looking for a fresh start on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Georgia should have its sights on a potential national championship season in 2020. Former Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman transferred to the Bulldogs this offseason but a few weeks ago, he opted out of the 2020 campaign. It’s been assumed USC transfer JT Daniels would take over the starting job, but he’s being listed as a game-time decision for Georgia’s opener. He has been cleared to practice but not to play as he recovers from a torn ACL.

Arkansas is bringing in first-year head coach Sam Pittman, who has primarily been an offensive line coach the past two decades. He was with Georgia the four previous years coming into 2020. The Razorbacks are in the midst of a 19-game losing stream against SEC opponents, which is why they decided to fire Chad Morris following a pair of 2-10 seasons. Former Florida Gators QB Feleipe Franks is expected to be the starter in this rebuilding season.

These two teams last met in 2014 when Georgia beat Arkansas 45-32 in Little Rock.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will start at 4 p.m. ET at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This game will appear on SEC Network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Georgia (-24.5) vs. Arkansas
Point Total: O/U 53 (-110)
Money line: Georgia (-5000), Arkansas (+1500)

  • Georgia finished 12-2 straight up last season, capped off by a win over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
  • Arkansas went 2-10 straight up in 2019 including 0-8 in SEC play.
  • Georgia went 8-6 against the spread last season.
  • In 2019, Arkansas finished 4-8 against the spread.

The Best Bet

Pittman spent the last four years inside the Georgia football program and while that shouldn’t make a huge difference, it certainly couldn’t hurt. With the Bulldogs still reportedly unsure of what’s going to happen at the quarterback position, it’s possible they run the ball more than usual. On the other side, Arkansas’ strong suit will be its running game with Rakeem Boyd, who might be the best running back in the country. With these factors, let’s go with the Razorbacks. If both teams keep the ball on the ground, possessions will be limited keeping Arkansas closer than the spread suggests.

Pick: Arkansas +24.5

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