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Missouri appears to be much improved over last year, and a good deal of that advancement is a product of being healthy. Conversely, Georgia is struggling to keep players on the field, and with stars like Malcolm Mitchell, Keith Marshall, Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley already ruled out and three more starters (Todd Gurley, safety Tray Matthews and punter Collin Barber) questionable, things seem to be falling apart for the Dawgs.
However, even with a number of playmakers out, Georgia still holds a talent advantage over Missouri. Georgia has two decisive edges in this game:
- Home field
- Season experience
The crowd at Sanford Stadium is becoming increasingly hostile thanks to continued success by Georgia in big home games. This will the the Bulldogs' third home game of the season against a Top 25 opponent, and the crowd will be a factor.
Additionally, Georgia holds a clear advantage in previous competition. For the fourth time in six games, Georgia will be playing a ranked opponent this Saturday. Missouri, on the other hand, has not yet played an opponent with a current winning record against Football Bowl Subdivision competition.
Georgia wins this game by 10 points, but it will be close heading into the fourth quarter.