No matter what happens on the field, September 8 will be a landmark day in SEC history.
It will be the first SEC game for newcomers Missouri and Texas A&M, as the two teams face off against Georgia and Florida, respectively.
Georgia better be careful, because it could be walking into a hornet's nest against the Tigers.
Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced on Thursday that linebacker Chase Vasser will be suspended for the first two games of the season after being arrested for a DUI in Atlanta on May 11, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald.
Vasser only had 16 tackles last season, but the junior was listed as the first-team outside linebacker on Georgia's preseason depth chart.
This is just the latest personnel issue that the Bulldogs will face against the Tigers in Week 2.
Starting cornerback Sanders Commings will also be suspended after being arrested for domestic violence.
Starting safety Bacarri Rambo and starting middle linebacker Alec Ogletree are also reportedly going to be suspended between two and four games; although those suspensions have yet to be formally announced.
All of this adds up to one thing if you're a Georgia Bulldog fan: anxiety heading into Week 2.
Missouri may not have the prestige or track record of sustained success that impresses SEC fans, but it has a big-time offense, which increases the possibility that it can exploit the holes in the Georgia defense.
James Franklin is as dangerous of a dual-threat quarterback as anyone in college football, the wide receiver duo of T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham are big-time weapons and running back Kendial Lawrence beat out Henry Josey—an 1,100-yard rusher—before getting hurt last season.
Everyone is pointing to the Georgia vs. South Carolina game as the biggest game in the SEC East this season, but Georgia vs. Missouri may be the most important game in the division.
Considering the lax SEC schedule that Georgia has, one loss to a team other than South Carolina could throw the entire division up for grabs.
With so many holes on defense, the Bulldogs need to watch out for Missouri.
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