Missouri vs. Georgia: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

September 8, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) pumps up the Georgia Bulldogs fans during the fourth quarter against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Missouri Tigers 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

A hobbled No. 7 Georgia team returns home to take on a crafty No. 25 Missouri Tigers squad that features one of the nation's elite offenses.

The Bulldogs survived a scare last week in a 34-31 victory over Tennessee but paid the ultimate price in the form of injuries.

Star running back Todd Gurley is doubtful, and backup Keith Marshall and receiver Justin Scott-Wesley are out for the season per ESPN's David Ching, while Michael Bennett can return late in the year. Another star receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, is also out for the year.

Things have been better for the Tigers, an undefeated team that has yet to be truly tested but touts an offense that scores 46.6 points per game behind the arm of senior quarterback James Franklin.

The following is everything fans need to know about the exciting SEC matchup that could swing either way.

 

When: Saturday, October 12 at noon ET

Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.

Television: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 63.5
  • Spread: Georgia (-8)

 

Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Ernest PaytonCB09/01/2013is expected to miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee

 

Bulldogs Injury Report (via USA Today)

Collin BarberP10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionableconcussion
Michael BennettWR10/06/2013is out indefinitelyOutknee
Paris BostickS08/08/2013will miss the entire seasonOuttoe surgery
James DeLoachLB10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionableconcussion
Todd Gurley IIRB10/09/2013is doubtful for Saturday's game against MissouriDoubtfulankle
Quayvon HicksFB10/08/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionableankle/knee
Austin LongT08/17/2013will miss the entire seasonOutacademics
Keith MarshallRB10/07/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Tray MatthewsS10/09/2013is doubtful for Saturday's game against MissouriDoubtfulhamstring
Malcolm MitchellWR09/01/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
Connor NormanS10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionableconcussion
Ryne RankinLB10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionableillness
Jonathon RumphWR10/06/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against MissouriQuestionablehamstring
Justin Scott-WesleyS10/07/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Tramel TerryWR08/31/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
Reggie WilkersonCB08/08/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee

 

Can Aaron Murray Overcome the Injuries?

Georgia allows a little over 30 points per game, so Missouri and its high-flying offense will have little trouble scoring enough points to win.

In order to match, Georgia needs senior quarterback Aaron Murray to be on top of his game. Murray could not ask for a better opponent at this juncture given the fact the Tigers have the worst pass defense in the SEC as confirmed by Bulldogs' beat writer Radi Nabulsi:

Murray is playing the best ball of his career with over 1,500 yards passing, 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions in five games.

Unfortunately thanks to injury, he will have to rely on freshman running back J.J. Green (17 carries for 129 yards versus Tennessee) and receiver Chris Conley as his best weapons.

Now is the perfect time for Murray to show he has an ability to elevate the play of those around him. If he cannot, the Bulldogs will have a difficult time keeping up.

 

Prediction

Aug 31, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) drops back to pass during the first half of the game against the Murray State Racers at Faurot Field. Missouri won 58-14. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri is led by James Franklin, a man who has 1,685 yards, 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions to his name in five games.

The dual-threat senior has the ability to drive the Bulldogs' defense mad, much as he did last season when the Tigers gave Georgia a game behind Franklin's 294 total yards and two scores:

Last year saw Murray lead the Bulldogs to victory as he tossed three touchdowns, but he was backed by the combo of Gurley and Marshall, who rumbled for 97 yards and a score while keeping the Tigers' defense honest.

This year will play out differently but with the same result. Murray has the talent to rise above the injuries and exploit the conference's worst pass defense at home as the Tigers are blindsided by their first taste of real competition in 2013.

 

Final Score 

Bulldogs win 44-34

 

 

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