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Georgia hosts Arkansas State Saturday in Athens

The Bulldogs will look to improve to 3-0 for the fifth straight year

NCAA Football: Murray State at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The #3 Georgia Bulldogs (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will have one final tune-up before they welcome the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Sanford Stadium next week, as the Bulldogs host the Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1) Saturday afternoon.


How to watch or stream

Time: Noon ET

TV: ESPN2

Streaming: WatchESPN (Where available)


Odds

Line: Georgia -33.5

O/U: 58


Preview

Before we begin the football portion of this preview, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss something bigger than football.

This past August, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson lost his wife Wendy to breast cancer.

If you have a few moments, please read this ESPN piece and watch the accompanying video. It’s well worth your time.

Saturday’s game at Georgia will be Anderson’s first game on the sidelines for the Red Wolves this year. With this information in mind, SB Nation’s Georgia blog, DawgSports, decided they should do something. They came up with a call to service, simple yet powerful: If you’re attending Saturday’s game, wear pink to show support for the Anderson family.

What started as a simple grassroots campaign spread like crazy, as it was mentioned by Scott Van Pelt, the Washington Post, and even Anderson himself.

Sports can be a powerful escape. I hope Anderson can find that escape for a few hours this weekend.


As noted in the intro, the Bulldogs come into this game with one final chance to work out any kinks before the showdown with Notre Dame. So far, though, the #3 team in the nation really haven’t had too many kinks. They’ve opened the season with routs against Vanderbilt and Murray State, boasting one of the nation’s best offenses through the first two weeks of the season.

That likely won’t change here. Arkansas State has been solid offensively this year, but their defense has been a bit of a mess, allowing 168 rushing yards per game (#96 of 130 teams in the nation), and those two games were against SMU and UNLV, two teams that do not have D’Andre Swift at running back. Georgia will likely continue pounding the ball on the ground, as it has done in the first two games with relative ease.