Mizzou hosts Georgia in SEC opener

Mizzou hosts Georgia in SEC opener 

Missouri’s offense operated at an elite level last weekend, but what happens when the competition stiffens a bit?

We’ll find out tonight, as Georgia arrives in Columbia for a rollicking SEC East showdown. Currently, oddsmakers at online sports book Bovada.lv list the Bulldogs as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under is 54.5.

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In the Tigers’ second game with Barry Odom as their leader, the score arrived in bunches. Mizzou pulverized Eastern Michigan, 61-21, behind 647 yards of total offense. Not only did quarterback Drew Lock account for 450 of those through the air, he tossed touchdowns to five different receivers.

That was a destitute FC program, though, and this is UGA. Despite barely overcoming Nicholls State several nights ago, Kirby Smart’s crew still possesses that wow factor. Much of said reputation exists because of Nick Chubb, the star tailbacks whose 234 yards after contact this season leads the power conferences. The Colonels did an admirable job, holding the junior under the century mark overall. Yet he’s bound to take advantage of an MU defense that continues to struggle with a new scheme up front.

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At the same time, the Tigers’ No. 1 strength on defense remains their ability to pressure the signal-caller. Enter Jacob Eason, who looked a bit lost in his first career start vs. Nicholls. Will the heralded freshman be able to get through his progressions with a fierce front four breathing down his neck? Color us skeptical.

Missouri’s rushing D allows an average of 4.06 yards per carry. That won’t be nearly good enough in a battle with Chubb, and coordinator DeMontie Cross recognizes as much. Look for Mizzou to display a lot of pride at home and keep the score surprisingly low.

 

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