Hello and thank you for logging onto WUOG. I’m Robert Inskip. I’ll be taking care of our Live Blog coverage from Sanford Stadium tonight, where #17 Georgia hosts Arizona State for a 7:00 PM kickoff. I am permitted to post three times per quarter, plus once at halftime. It looks like this game will have some very messy weather conditions, as has been the case for many games in the Southeast today.
Arizona State remains a bit of a mystery to college football fans, having played only Idaho State and Louisiana-Monroe with a bye week in-between those games. They’ve put up gaudy numbers thus far (both games were blowout wins), but this is their first test against a BCS conference team. The Sun Devils will be trying to avenge a 27-10 loss to the Dawgs in Tempe last season.
One of the biggest concerns from the Georgia side of things this year has been the struggling pass defense. The Dawgs cannot expect to keep coming up with wins if they continue to give up numbers like the ones that Stephen Garcia and Ryan Mallett posted against them over the past couple of weeks. Having said this, the weather will surely make passing more of a struggle for both teams.
When Georgia has the ball, Dawg fans will be keeping a close eye on the tailback situation. Richard Samuel has started in all three games this season, but some fumbles by Samuel and Caleb King’s return seem to have made the tailback competition a bit more interesting. Don’t forget about redshirt freshman Carlton Thomas either.
Special teams in general have gotten off to a great start for the Dawgs this year. Drew Butler has shined as the starting punter, Brandon Boykin has provided electrifying kickoff returns, and Blair Walsh has been perfect on field goals. Some big plays on special teams will likely be even more crucial under these kinds of conditions.
The rain continues to fall here at Sanford Stadium. It has been very heavy at times. A lightening warning was displayed on the big screen a bit earlier, but we are still scheduled to kickoff at 7:00. The students have been present in solid numbers for some time now in the lower level seats.
Thanks again for joining us. As usual, please feel free to post comments about the game below. Enjoy!