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It didn’t do much for the eye test in the first half, but most importantly for Georgia, Saturday was a win.

Before the game, we laid out three keys to a win. Here’s how Georgia met them,

QB play that doesn’t lose the game

At this stage, you have to assume that D’Wan Mathis is starting against the Razorbacks.

Playing a true SEC game first time out is nothing short of daunting. Mathis does not need to win the game with big throws. He just needs to avoid mistakes and leave it to Georgia’s playmakers

Kirby Smart was quick to deflect a lot of the dogpiling on top of Mathis after his dreadful first half that got so bad that Stetson Bennett was brought in to replace him and spark the offense, but the truth of it is that Mathis was a combination of rattled and out of sync. Had it not been for second-half adjustments and Bennett’s play, Mathis’ inability to get things going would have cost Georgia a win.

Start strong

I don’t know what it is - something in the Northwest Arkansas water, the distance to Fayetteville, Ark. Georgia has an odd history of not playing at a peak level on the road against the Hogs.

It’d be nice for Georgia to jump all over Arkansas and led 28-0 through a quarter. More importantly, Georgia needs to be in control from the start and not let he underdogs feel they have a chance to win.

Not since 2003 against Vanderbilt can I recall a more dreadful and lack of inspiring first half for this team. Luckily, the game last four quarters.

Break the Arkansas Tempo

A calling card of an air-raid-esque offense like the one Kendall Briles envisions is quick play after play. That’s all well and good when those plays work. Georgia needs to prevent multiple positive-yard plays in a row..and causing lots ‘of “havoc” would not hurt, either

Take away a mis-executed coverage in the first half, and Georgia;s defense kept Arkansas off-balance. The big stop and tackle for a loss after Georgia’s first touchdown may have vert well been the turning point o Georgia taking over on Saturday

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Go Dawgs!