Bulldog Nation is far from dire straits this early in the season, but with the defense not noticeably improved and A.J. Green still sidelined, fans are viewing the upcoming game with No. 12 Arkansas with grim acceptance. SB Nation's DawgSports, however, thinks the Bulldogs have a legitimate shot at the upset:
Ryan Mallett is acclaimed as the best quarterback in the conference, and he shares the backfield with a bevy of talented tailbacks. Our defense just had the South Carolina Gamecocks assert their will over our players with impunity.
But here's the thing: we actually may match up very well against the Razorbacks. Mallett is no Stephen Garcia, in that he won't be taking off downfield at the first hint of a pass rush. And if there's one aspect of our team that I have confidence in at this point, it's that pass rush. Justin Houston is tied for the NCAA lead in sacks. As a team the Bulldogs are tied for 4th in the nation in sacks (the Razorbacks check in at #26). Mallett has thrown for 6 touchdowns, but has also tossed 2 interceptions. That's the same 3:1 TD/INT ratio that Aaron Murray boasts.