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SEC Preview: Georgia Dawgs take on the Missouri Tigers

The Missouri Tigers will be traveling to Athens to face the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs between the hedges. The big question is will the the Dawgs blow out another opponent? More than likely yes; considering the Tigers boost a 1-4 losing record on the season. While the Bulldogs remain undefeated at 6-0 and lead the SEC East. However, Mizzou is coming into this game with a giant chip on their shoulder and know this game is a big opportunity for them.

Tiger Players to Watch

Emanuel Hall played a great game against Kentucky last Saturday. He needed up having 4 catches with 129 yards and a touchdown. However, J’Mon Moore is also someone the Dawgs should keep an eye on, because he leads the Tigers with 398 receiving yards.

On defense, junior linebacker Terez Hall is currently 2nd in the SEC with 27 solo tackles and 3rd in tackles for loss. He also has 36 total tackles on the year. With a career high 12 tackles against Kentucky last week.

Dawg’s Standout Players

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After starting quarterback Jacob Eason went down in the third drive of the season against Appalachian St. with sprained knee ligament, true freshman Jake Fromm has more than filled the position. For a freshman quarterback Fromm has looked incredibly confident under center. He has a 60% completion rate with 836 yards.

Georgia always seems to be strong at the running back position. Just this season UGA has put up a whopping 1610 rushing yards. The infamous Nick Chubb leads the team with 91 carries for 618 yards and 8 touchdowns. Senior Sony Michel has also had a good showing this year with 59 carries for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns. While these two are the top standouts in rushing game; fans can sleep easy knowing they have a full roster of young running backs.

What Mizzou Needs

In last Saturdays close loss to Kentucky 40-34, the Tigers showed that they are a threat at wide receiver. Quarterback Drew Lock spread his passes between his receivers more evenly in this matchup, utilizing six different guys. The receivers put up 355 receiving yards against Kentucky, their second largest gain this year. In their first game of the season; they put up 521 receiving yards against the Missouri State Bears.

While Missouri is going to need to use the receivers it has, they can’t afford to give up any points to UGA’s defense. Just this season, QB Drew Lock has thrown 6 interception. Another huge problem The Tigers need to address before Saturday, is their ball handling skills. The team has fumbled the ball in every game this year, bringing the total to seven. If the Tigers even want a chance of upsetting the Dawgs they can’t afford to turn the ball over.

Is there any stopping the Dawgs?

The Georgia Bulldogs are enjoying their strongest start to a season since 2005 when they started the season 7-0, before losing back-to-back to Florida and Auburn. Looking at whats left of the Dawg’s schedule this year; that 2005 season could repeat. With Florida and Auburn seeming to be the two strongest teams on their schedule that could end their perfect record.

UGA has been out scoring opponents 35 to 10 this year.Between the three SEC teams UGA has played (Mississippi St., Tennessee and Vanderbilt) this year they have put up an average of 39 points.

While Georgia will be at home, we have already seen a few upsets in the college football world this season. Even though an upset is unlikely considering UGA is a 97.2% favorite in this game according to ESPN’ s Football Power Index, the Dawgs still can’t afford to sleep on their SEC opponent.

Game Time

Saturday 10/14/17 SEC Nation will be at the University of Georgia on the Russell Special Collections Library Lawn from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Kick off for the game is set for 7:30 P.M. on the SEC Network.

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