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No. 14 Arkansas Vs. Georgia: Petrino Returns, Mallett Looms

The Dawgs couldn't impede South Carolina freshman mini-bulldozer Marcus Lattimore. Will they be able to topple Arkansas sniper tower Ryan Mallett?

Comparing resumes: Georgia hopes to hit .500 in SEC play after falling to old nemesis Steve Spurrier for the first time since the Visor Vizier moved to Columbia. Arkansas is excited to begin their college football season after a pair of consequential seven-on-seven scrimmages against dutifully shredded Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe.

Series history: Head 'Back Bobby Petrino has never beaten Georgia. Then again, Mark Richt has never lost to Arkansas. Then again, neither did Jim Donnan. Ray Goff managed to pull it off once, only going 2-1 against the Hogs. Before that, Arkansas last beat Georgia in 1976; Petrino had just turned 16 and quit his seventh job. Georgia's recent dominance includes a 30-3 roasting in the 2002 SEC Championship.

Last meeting: Georgia won last year's form tackling exposition 52-41 in Fayetteville or Little Rock as Joe Cox kept pace with Mallett.

Razorbacks to watch: On offense, Mallett and whoever he's throwing to. Yardage will occur -- if Todd Grantham's boys couldn't figure out Spurrier's monster-truck-rally gameplan, just wait til they step into Petrino's wide-open hellfire circus. On defense, six-foot-seventeen Mallett's long and rapidly extending shadow as it races to distort Aaron Murray's downfield perception.

Fun fact: Petrino returns to the Peach State for the first time since tucking his curly, pink tail and fleeing the Atlanta Falcons. The Birds have a higher winning percentage than Arkansas since the Petrino exchange, though the two teams have won the same number of SEC championships in their entire existences and national titles since the Falcons began work in 1966.

Also monitoring: Will suspended Dawgs receiver A.J. Green return? Mark Richt expects to find out on Wednesday whether Green will play this week. The Green story really should have been its own stream, but it's a little bit late for that now. If you'd like a recap, click here.

How we feel about all this: I, for one, will spend the next five days making a big show of trying to decide which of these teams I hate more, even though I've been rooting for Georgia to win this one for several months now. Dawg experts Doug Gillett and Josh Massey will be along throughout the week to bang out far more reasoned analysis than whatever it is you've just read.

Vegas says: Georgia -2.5

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.