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Georgia vs. Missouri: Bulldogs' Win over Tigers Exposes Major Problems

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2012

The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Missouri Tigers, 41-20, and while that may suggest a dominant performance by the Bulldogs, it exposed some major problems for Georgia.

The Tigers put up a good fight for the first three quarters of the showdown, and were down by just a four-point deficit heading into the fourth. That's when Aaron Murray and the Georgia offense lit up Mizzou for 17 points, effectively putting the game away for good.

Georgia, however, had their fare share of issues converting on third down, as they were a lowly 5-of-16 in that department. The Bulldogs must improve in that department if they hope to extend their drives and give their defense a fighting chance.

Another alarming takeaway from the contest is Georgia's lack of a rushing attack.

Mizzou won't be the toughest defense Georgia plays all year, yet the Bulldogs only managed to rack up 113 yards on the ground. Their No. 1 back, Todd Gurley, only managed to pick up 65 yards on 10 carries.

While that leaves for a nice average of 6.5 yards per touch, it doesn't tell the whole story. Gurley's longest rush accounted for 44 of his 65 yards in the game. In his nine other carries, Gurley picked up an abysmal 21 yards. That's an average of a little over two yards per touch.

That simply won't be enough to get it done against some of the better teams in the nation. The Bulldogs will need much better play from their offensive line if they hope to compete with the big boys of college football.

There's no doubt that adjustments need to be made by Mark Richt and Co. But lucky for them, they have three straight meetings with unranked opponents, which should provide ample time to figure things out.

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