Mizzou Looks to Play Spoiler Against Georgia 

Peter Alexis, 23 Sports

 

There is no question that Mizzou football faces a tall task on Saturday night. The Tigers (1-4) will travel down to Athens this week to take on the fourth ranked Georgia Bulldogs (6-0). The road test is without a doubt the hardest game on the schedule and will be taking place in a hostile environment. The Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2005 when they started 7-0, the last time they won the SEC championship. Mizzou will be looking to avenge the last second defeat they suffered a year ago in Columbia. 

While it looks daunting for Mizzou, the Tigers are playing with much more energy after last week’s thriller in Lexington. The team fought back from multiple double-digit deficits before ultimately falling 40-34 to the Kentucky Wildcats on the final play. It may have been a heartbreaking loss, but it generated critical optimism in the program as they look to get back on track in the second half of the season.  

The main storyline coming in to this one is how incredible the Georgia offense has been. When starting sophomore QB Jacob Eason went down early in the season, true freshman Jake Fromm stepped up and didn’t miss a beat. He led the Dawgs to a nail biting victory over Notre Dame and several SEC routs over Vanderbilt and Tennessee. He has had plenty of help from arguably the best backfield in the country. Star senior RB’s Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are tearing up opposing defenses this year, racking up more than 200 yards rushing in four straight games. This may prove to be a serious issue for the visiting Tigers, who rank 98th in rushing defense, allowing nearly 200 yards per game on the ground. 

Mizzou is pinned as a 29 point underdog in this upcoming contest, the largest spread they have faced since 2000, when they were 33 point dogs against Nebraska. But recent events have made this seem slightly less impossible to pull off. In Week 6, unranked Iowa State stunned the number three ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and the Cyclones were expected to lose by more than 31 points. Similarly, the number two Clemson Tigers were shell shocked by a mediocre Syracuse team on Friday night, a 24 point upset. With all of these unforeseen results making the rounds in College Football this year, there is nothing to say Drew Lock and the explosive Missouri offense can’t give the Dawgs a run for their money. But more likely than not, the Tigers will have a difficult time stopping this electric offense in Sanford Stadium on Saturday night, and will fall to a similar fate as their SEC foes with a forty point blowout at the hands of the undefeated Dawgs.