The Georgia Southern Eagles will travel to Razorback Stadium late Saturday afternoon to take on the 20th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in a non-conference matchup. The Eagles are 1-1 and are coming off a 38-6 road loss to the Florida Atlantic Owls. Freshman quarterback Cam Ransom struggled a bit as he went 12-of-21 for 98 yards with a touchdown or interception. The Razorbacks are a perfect 2-0 so far and are coming off a 40-21 home win over the 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns. Sophomore KJ Jefferson had a decent game as he went 14-of-19 for 138 yards with an interception.
It will be interesting to see how these teams fare against one another as the quarterbacks seem to be struggling this season and need to take that next step. Let’s take a dive into the matchup to determine where we should be placing our wagers.
Making the Wright MovesThe Georgia Southern Eagles do like to put the ball on the ground and senior running back Logan Wright does that the most for this offense. He has 30 carries so far this season for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground while also having a single catch for four yards. Wright did not play much in the last game against Florida Atlantic as he had just four rushes for 29 yards (7.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He is primed for his best season in his collegiate career so it will be interesting to see how the game plan involves him as they take on a pretty good rush-defense in Arkansas.
The Georgia State Eagles have not been a very good defensive team as they are giving up 31.5 points per game. Looking at the last game against the Florida Atlantic Owls, they gave up 38 points on 528 yards of total offense (332 passing, 196 rushing). They were unable to get special teams on the field as the Longhorns went 10-for-15 on third down and 1-for-2 on fourth down. This Georgia State Eagles defense needs to figure out how to get some stops, they will be in a better spot here.
Ground and PoundThe Arkansas Razorbacks have been one of the better teams in college football and part of it is their ability to run the ball. Junior running back Trelon Smith has led the program as he has 34 rushing attempts with 177 yards with a pair of rushing touchdowns on the ground with a catch for 10 yards in the air. Looking at the last game against the Texas Longhorns, he ran 12 times for 75 yards and a touchdown while adding a 10-yard reception. If the offensive line can hold up for Arkansas, the skill of Trelon Smith should be able to control the clock and move them down the field.
The Arkansas Razorbacks have been a solid defensive team this season as they are allowing just 19 points per game so far. In their last game against the 15th-ranked Texas Longhorns, the defense gave up 21 points on 256 total yards of offense (118 passing, 138 rushing). The biggest note for them was their ability to force punts as the Longhorns were just 4-of-13 on third down and 1-of-2 on fourth. If this Razorbacks defense can continue their dominant start to the season defensively, they will be in a great spot come postseason time.
- Arkansas: 4-0 ATS in their last 4 September games
- Arkansas: 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games
- Georgia Southern: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Georgia Southern: 1-4 ATS in their last 5 September games