Garrett Bridges, 23 Sports

The undefeated Missouri Tigers are getting ready to take on a fellow undefeated team this Saturday, the No.2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The Bulldogs haven’t had a challenge yet, not even having to play their starters in the second half of any of their three blowout wins so far. Georgia started their season with a 45-0 victory over Austin Peay, beat up on then No. 24 South Carolina on the road 41-17, and then returned to Athens for a 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee State. The Bulldogs lost the College Football Playoff National Championship Game to SEC foe Alabama in overtime last year. They look to continue to consecutive National Championship games and to finish the job this time around.

First however, they must take on the high-powered Missouri offense. Heisman hopeful Drew lock looks to continue his stellar senior campaign against an impressive Georgia secondary. He might get the chance, as while Georgia’s secondary has been spectacular, their front seven has not put any pressure on the quarterback. Georgia only has one sack on the year, which could give Lock a lot of time with his great offensive line blocking him. Emmanuel Hall also looks to continue his great start to his senior year. He had two consecutive games of 171 receiving yards, the first game in only four catches, and the second with 10 catches. He had almost 100 yards this past game, even though he sat out over half the game because of a sore groin. Hall’s performance against Georgia could potentially play a big factor on Saturday.

Missouri clearly boasts a great offense. The defense is the unit that needs to prove the most. The Tigers gave up 37 points and 614 yards to Purdue, with backup quarterback David Blough throwing for a school-record 572 yards. Mizzou’s defense was without their starting cornerback in DeMarkus Acy. Still, that doesn’t excuse that kind of lackluster performance against a winless Power 5 opponent.

The good news for the Tigers is that Acy, along with starting left tackle Yasir Durant, are both expected to play.

Mizzou’s defense and offense will need to step up against a highly-favored Georgia team. Georgia loves to run the ball, while Missouri leads the SEC by allowing the fewest rushing yards per game. If Missouri can stop the pass, look for a colossal upset.