It’s the start of life in the SEC for two new head coaches. Can the Tigers rise up at home, or will the Bulldogs break free from their awful performance last week to look the part of a contender? Check out the Georgia vs. Missouri fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (2-0) vs. Missouri (1-1) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Game Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
Network: SEC Network
Why Georgia Will Win
All of a sudden, shockingly, the Missouri defense has gone bye-bye.
The Tiger defense was supposed to be as dominant as it was last year, while the offense was supposed to need time to work. It’s been the other way around so far.
The problem has been the run defense that’s getting pushed around for almost 200 yards per game, while the secondary – while picking off four passes and only giving up a no-big-deal score to Eastern Michigan – is getting hit hard.
So what’s the problem? Where’s the pass rush?
The 2014 team came up with 42 sacks, and while last year’s Mizzou D dropped to just 27, but so far the 2016 version hasn’t generated nearly enough pressure coming up with a mere one sack. Considering the talent on the ends, that’s not okay.
Georgia might be able to play stallball and get the job done.
The Bulldogs haven’t been finely-tuned on offense quite yet, but they’ve been able to come up with some decent enough drives to get by, keeping the ball for over 33 minutes. Missouri can’t get off the field fast enough having it for a total of 47:02 in the first two games.
Why Missouri Will Win
Drew Lock might have found his groove.
Okay, fine, it’s Eastern Michigan, but for the first time in forever, the Tigers showed a few signs of offensive life with Lock throwing for 450 yards and five touchdowns in the 61-21 blowout win.
And before you blow that off, Georgia came up with just 204 passing yards with an interception and a pick against Nicholls State.
Can Mizzou get the running game going, too? It’s not anything special, but at least it’s productive in the new Josh Heupel offense. The offensive coordinator is doing a decent job of getting his quick backs in space, and they might be able to balance things out just enough to help out Lock. North Carolina ran the ball well against the Bulldogs, but they just didn’t do it enough.
On the other side, call it a letdown, or call it a potential issue when it comes to consistency, but Georgia couldn’t get Nick Chubb or the ground game going against the Colonels. The O line is good, but it’ll need to be better on the road against a charged up Tiger team that won’t be this bad for long when it comes to getting into the backfield.
What’s Going To Happen?
Missouri has improved, and it might be able to bother Jacob Eason just enough to bog down the Bulldog attack for stretches, but Lock won’t be able to do enough against the terrific Georgia secondary. The Tigers won’t have the firepower to overcome a few early UGA scores.
It’s not going to be the uggo that last year’s 9-6 Georgia win was, but it won’t be anything to DVR.
Georgia vs. Missouri Prediction
Final Score: Georgia 23, Missouri 17
Line: Georgia -6.5, o/u: 56
ATS Confidence: 5: Vegas, Now – 1: Talk To Wife … 2
Must See Rating: 5: Hell or High Water – 1: This Is Us … 3