September 8, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Truman the Tiger cheers with fans during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs at Faurot Field. The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Missouri Tigers 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Mizzou Aims To Stay Perfect


VITALS

Time: 11 a.m.

TV: ESPN

Radio: 980 AM KMBZ

Weather: 81-degrees, 60% humidity, no chance of rain

History: Georgia leads the series 2-0

Line: Georgia, -8.5

MOTIVATIONAL SONG

THREE 2 WATCH

1. James Franklin

Georgia is an attacking style of defense that will leave room for Franklin to run around. Taking advantage of those yards and protecting the ball have to be paramount for Franklin and the Tigers.

2. Running Game

Mizzou has the top-ranking running game in the SEC, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. But they have yet to face a defense as good at stopping the run as Georgia. Winning the battle at the line of scrimmage is going to determine a lot about who wins this game.

3. Mizzou’s Secondary

Mizzou gave up 338 passing yards to Vanderbilt last week. Some of that was because Vandy was playing from behind for the entire game, but they did have success. Aaron Murray is on pace to become the greatest statistical passer in SEC history. They’ll have their work cut out for them trying to contain Georgia’s passing game.

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GEORGIA BULLDOGS

1. Injuries

Aaron Murray will make stopping the passing game difficult as it is, but Missouri catches a break playing Georgia without five of their best playmakers on offense. Three of Georgia’s top receivers are out with knee injuries and the top two running backs are expected to be out as well.

2. Leaky Pass Defense

Georgia can stop the run with the best of them in the SEC, but their issues have been in the secondary where they rank ninth in the SEC in stopping the pass. This includes a game against Tennessee, a team that can’t throw the ball to save their lives.

3. Unkowns

With so much turnover on offense in such a short period of time it is tough to know exactly how Georgia plans to attack Missouri. So much should be expected after losing three wide receivers and two running backs in a matter of a few weeks. How quickly Missouri is able to adjust may make the difference in whether or not Mizzou can pull off the upset.

M-I-Z!


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