Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
Missouri 41, Georgia 26
When: Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m.
With a litany of injuries, Georgia's prospects for this weekend and beyond are in flux.
Keith Marshall, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett are all out of commission, and head coach Mark Richt told Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is preparing for this week as if Gurley won't be available at running back:
I don't really know for sure on Gurley's situation. I would say it's doubtful. I don't know if doubtful is the best word. He's not going to practice today; I know that. Tomorrow we'll see how he runs straight ahead. Is he going to play in this game? He could; I'm not going to count him out. But we've got to prepare as if he won't play.
With Gurley's outlook cloudy at best, UGA will likely have to depend on a pair of true freshmen, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas, to carry the load on the ground. More importantly, quarterback Aaron Murray will have to outduel Missouri's James Franklin.
The Mizzou signal-caller has thrown for more than, 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns this year and, along with offensive weapons Henry Josey, L'Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham, will give the Tigers a chance at the upset.
However, playing at home, even shorthanded, Georgia should take care of business. The Bulldogs did the job on the road last week while plugging in replacements unexpectedly against Tennessee. Now with a week to prepare, the Dawgs should look better.
Prediction: Georgia 41, Missouri 31