Bulldogs blow into Missouri on a mission
Last weekend, Georgia eked out a victory against an FCS foe. Are Kirby Smart’s troops capable of rising to the occasion in their conference opener?
Searching for consistency, the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) tackle Missouri this Saturday. According to online sports book BetDSI, the SEC East stalwarts head to Columbia as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under is 55.
Despite the excitement surrounding Jacob Eason’s first career start, UGA struggled to secure a 26-24 win over Nicholls State. The freshman quarterback and his castmates committed three turnovers, looking unprepared and unfocused. Even Nick Chubb had a relatively quiet performance. After gouging North Carolina for 222 yards on 32 carries, the star tailback averaged just 4.0 yards per tote vs. the Colonels.
Meanwhile, the Tigers (1-1) enter the contest having obliterated Eastern Michigan several nights ago. Sophomore signal-caller Drew Lock flirted heavily with the school’s single-game record for passing yards, hitting five different receivers for scores. The 61-21 rout was vital on the heels of a disappointing 2016 debut at West Virginia.
MU will once again aspire to run as many plays as possible, presenting a great challenge for Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker. The Bulldogs obviously want to keep everything in front of them and force Mizzou’s inexperienced Ish Witter-Damarea Crockett tandem to grind out tough gains on the ground. In short, it’s a very compelling chess match that could go down to the waning moments.
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