Some Random Thoughts About Georgia And Missouri
No. 4 Georgia entertains SEC East rival Missouri under the lights in Sanford Stadium Saturday and the Tigers have ‘issues’.
- The Vegas books have Georgia (6-0) as a 30 point favorite over the Tigers (1-4).
- The Tigers play defense as if they have signed a nonaggression pact with the SEC, giving up 40 points and 459 yards per game.
- Mizzou’s offense looks like an electrocardiograph…… spiking to a high of 72 points against Missouri State on one end, 34 versus Kentucky on the other end and flat lining at an average 10 points against South Carolina, Purdue and Auburn, in between.
- The Tigers’ defensive line hasn’t generated pressure like it has in previous seasons… maybe because Missouri is last in the nation in time of possession at 21:59 per game. Having a fresh Nick Chubb and Sony Michel pounding you in the fourth quarter after you’ve been on the field for nearly 2/3 of the game won’t help either.
- Mizzou is giving up a league worst 8.6 yards per pass attempt….that’s attempt, not completion. They’re allowing opponents to complete 68% of pass attempts and yielding an average of 265 passing yards per game.
- Georgia has a league-leading 98.3 passing defense rating. Mizzou has a league-worst 153.5.. Now I barely passed my differential calculus class last semester, but that looks like UGA is more than 50% better on pass defense than the Block M team.
Georgia, looking to go 7-0 for the first time since 2005, just has too much firepower for these Tigers. The Dawgs are 4-1 versus Mizzou since they fled the Big 12 for the riches of the SEC. Last season, Jacob Eason hit Isaiah McKenzie with a fourth down, 20-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter for a 28-27 win. Quarterback Drew Lock looked like an all-american in the first 33 minutes of that game, throwing three touchdown passes. He reverted to his inconsistent self by tossing three interceptions in the final 27 minutes.
There won’t be any need for late game theatrics Saturday night. Georgia is just too good, fast, experienced and focused to let this game be close. Georgia 44, Missouri 13.