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Georgia Bulldogs: Injury-Ridden Georgia Hosts #25 Missouri

 

Well, let's all take a deep breath.  Tennessee was so close to upending #6 Georgia last Saturday in Knoxville.  Tennessee was up with less than 2 minutes to play in the 4th quarter.  Aaron Murray calmly drove the Dawgs down the field and threw a TD pass to Rantavious Wooten with 8 seconds in the game.  The game went into overtime and ended with Marshall Morgan nailing a game-winning field goal.

Georgia beat Tennessee and remains in contention for the BCS Title race.  The emotional win was extremely costly though.  In the Tennessee game, RB Keith Marshall and WR Justin Scott-Wesley tore their ACLs and are out for the season.  WR Michael Bennett had a torn meniscus and is out indefinitely.  Even P Collin Barber had a concussion. That hurts.

An injury-hampered Georgia returns to Athens to take on the Tigers of Missouri.  This game could be a potential upset due to the Bulldogs' attrition on offense and a truly awful defense.  No one better to exploit Georgia's weaknesses than QB James Franklin and the dangerous Mizzou offensive attack.  

Fast Facts

What: #25 Missouri vs. #7 Georgia

Where: Athens, GA

When: Saturday, 12 PM EST

TV: ESPN

Players to Watch

QB James Franklin-Missouri


QB Aaron Murray-Georgia


WR Dorial Green-Beckham-Missouri


RB J.J. Green-Georgia


Preview

Georgia should be very wary of Mizzou.  The Tigers have a lethal offense led by Veteran QB James Franklin.  Franklin has gone 114-168 for 1,407 yards and 13 touchdowns already this season.  Mizzou has a slew of talented recievers including Dorial Green-Beckham, L'Damian Washington, and Marcus Lucas who have combined for 70 receptions, 966 recieving yards, and 10 TDs.  Don't count out the capable rushing duo of Russell Hansborough and Henry Josey.  Above all, Mizzou's offensive unit is dynamic and should put up huge numbers against the Bulldogs.  

On the other sideline, Georgia is suffering from a multitude of injuries and the loss of many offensive playmakers including RB Todd Gurley, RB Keith Marshall, and WRs Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, and Justin Scott-Wesley.  The young Georgia defense is mediocre and inconsistent.  The UGA secondary is terrible.  The one positive for Georgia is their 4-1 record and the play of Aaron Murray.  Murray has been extremely clutch this season and has destroyed the "he can't win a big game" argument.  He has led game winning drives against LSU and Tennessee, and has beaten 2 top 10 teams.  Murray has broken David Greene's record for most career passing yards in the SEC.   He has already thrown for 1,534 yards with 14 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. 

Prediction

Georgia has to find capable offensive playmakers to step up and neutralize the myriad of injuries on that side of the ball.  Georgia hasn't shown that it can defend the pass.  Mizzou puts up monster offensive numbers, and this game is another shootout.  Despite a valiant effort, Aaron Murray finds a way to lead his team past the Tigers, 48-45.

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