Thursday, July 24, 2008

10 Games in 10 Days: Georgia at Arizona St.

It is now Day 3 of TSF's '10 Games in 10 Days', previewing the Bulldogs vs. the Sun Devils.

Day 1: Kansas at South Florida
Day 2: Ohio St. at USC

Georgia at Arizona St.

It's a showdown of two top 15 teams. Both teams return plenty of experience. Georgia is one of the favorites to win the SEC, while Arizona St. is expected to give USC a run for their money in the Pac 10.

The visiting Bulldogs return plenty of talent and experience. They will be young in some areas, but loaded. QB Matt Stafford is back as he shows he can be not only one of the best in the SEC, but the country. Sophomore RB Knowshon Moreno was electrifying last season as a true freshman and the WRs will be deep and experienced but none of them have stood out. The defense will be solid, the defensive line is arguably the best in the SEC, which includes Gino Atkins. The LB corps lacks experience but has plenty of youthful talent. The secondary needs some work but they still have the depth there to step up.

Arizona St. will once again have a lot of pressure on them to perform from the loyal fan base and program. This year could be their year as they return a solid offense. QB Rudy Carpenter is a great player but he needs his line to protect him, as they gave up 55 sacks last season; but they've been working hard with their OL all of spring and summer. The RB core is nice with some beefy runners and the WRs will be stellar with Mike Jones (Who?) and Chris McGaha back. The defense looks to be improved with many starters in-tact on this side of the ball as well. The defensive ends look as good as anyone but the defensive tackles need to stop the run. The LBs will need to step up here as the d-line couldn't stop the run and the secondary couldn't stop the pass last season. They have talent returning at LB but they have a big load on their shoulders.

Offensive Player to Watch: Knowshon Moreno, RB- Georgia

Defensive Player to Watch: Dexter Davis, DE- ASU

This will be a huge non conference game for both teams. A win here could help propel both teams into the national title hunt and only help their chances at landing a BSC Bowl berth (that's if they were at-large selections). This could be a high-scoring affair as both teams are loaded on the offensive side, both of the defenses' have some question marks. It will come down to who will stop whom last.

Early Prediction:
Georgia 31 Arizona St. 21

I have to go with the Dawgs. Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno will put on a clinic against the Sun Devils. I think the Devils' offense can match Georgia point for point but I like Georgia's defense over ASU's. Both defense's have some question marks, but Georgia is just too talented, too experienced, and just simply a better and faster team than Arizona St.

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