Georgia vs. Missouri: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
Welcome to the SEC, Missouri. The Tigers began the season with a 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana, but get no time to breath as the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs come to town to get Mizzou's inaugural SEC season underway.
Georgia also enters the game with a 1-0 record, but it wasn't always smooth sailing against Buffalo during its 45-23 Week 1 win.
This is without a doubt one of the must-watch Week 2 games. Let's take a look.
When: Saturday, September 8 at 7:45 p.m. ET
Where: Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Betting Line: Georgia (-3), according to Bet365
Georgia Injuries (via USA Today)
Malcolm Mitchell, CB, Ankle, Questionable
Marlon Brown, SE, Hamstring, Questionable
Ken Malcome, RB, Hand, Questionable
Hunter Long, G, Foot, Questionable
Kolton Houston, T, Eligibility, Out
Chase Vasser, LB, Suspension, Out
Sanders Commings, CB, Suspension, Out
Alec Ogletree, LB, Possible Suspension, Questionable
Bacarri Rambo, S, Possible Suspension, Questionable
Missouri Injuries (via USA Today)
Jake Meiners, OL, Knee, Questionable
Lucas Vincent, DL, Pectoral, Questionable
Wesley Leftwich, WR, Food Poisoning, Out
Travis Ruth, OL, Tricep, Out
Taylor Chappell, OL, Knee, Out
Henry Josey, HB, Knee, Out
What's at Stake?
Whoever wins will not only earn early bragging rights in the SEC, it will establish itself as a major contender in the tough conference.
Missouri's foray into the SEC is going to be incredibly tough. The Tigers get to stay at home, but the normally-dominant Georgia has perhaps its best team since 2008 and will be looking to improve on an impressive 10-4 season in 2011.
A win will quickly prove the Tigers belong.
The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have had trouble getting off to a good start in the SEC the past couple of years, and a win over Missouri in Columbia would be a huge step towards a BCS season.
Georgia Player to Watch: Todd Gurley, RB
Aaron Murray very well may be Georgia's most important player, but the Bulldogs know what they're getting with their veteran junior QB. He's reliable, efficient and capable of leading this offense with relative ease.
But if you're looking for the excitement factor, look no further than Todd Gurley.
The true freshman out of North Carolina may have an unfortunate last name, but his explosive play on the field is all man.
Not only did he show off impressive speed and cutting ability during his 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter against Buffalo, but he followed it up with a 55-yard touchdown run in which he shed plenty of would-be tacklers.
He finished with 227 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns. Missouri better be careful with this do-everything youngster.
Missouri Player to Watch: James Franklin
I wanted to go with Marcus Murphy after his two punt returns for touchdowns in Week 1, but putting anyone besides Franklin here would be a mistake.
The Heisman hopeful didn't get a ton of work against the Southland powerhouse, but he proved to be ready to go with his 131 passing yards and 39 rushing yards on just six attempts.
If he wants to continue to establish himself as one of the best QB weapons in the nation, a big game against Georgia is a must. Look for him to take control of this one via both the air and the ground.
Key Matchup: Franklin vs. Georgia Secondary
Let's just say Georgia misses Bacarri Rambo, arguably the best safety in the country. Without Rambo backing things up for the Bulldogs defense (and without Alec Ogletree), Buffalo was at times able to move the ball with ease, as Alex Zordich threw for 148 yards, rushed for 83 and found the end zone twice.
It's unknown how long Rambo an Ogletree will be suspended, but if they miss this weekend's game, Georgia's defense could once again be in trouble because Alex Zordich is not James Franklin.
If Zordich was able to move the ball on this defense, Franklin will have no problem. Georgia is going to have to toughen up on that end.
This may be the SEC, but look for an offensive battle on Saturday night. Georgia obviously has Murray to sling the ball wherever he wants, but Gurley and Keith Marshall lead a young, talented running attack.
Who ya got?
The Bulldogs have plenty of weapons on offense, and Missouri has never been known as a tough defensive squad.
Of course, Missouri knows how to move the ball, too. Franklin is the clear dual threat, but the early play of Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy prove they might not miss Henry Josey on the ground as much as originally believed.
In the end, I'm taking the Tigers in an upset, as they will be pumped up for their first SEC game in front of the home crowd.
Missouri 34, Georgia 31.
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