There isn’t any relaxation for the weary. Missouri (2-2) might be looking to turn a foul week 4 loss into a monumental upset win at home versus No. 1 Georgia (4-0).
In this 12th matchup between the pair, Missouri will be seeking to catch the Bulldogs off guard and use the proverbial chip on its shoulder from last week to assist rating the upset. For Georgia, they are going to be seeking to bounce back from a 39-22 win over Kent State which saw the Bulldogs not enjoying their finest soccer.
Our recreation day preview will have a look at the five matchups to observe, four Mizzou players to keep a watch on, three keys to the game, two questions that need to be answered and a prediction of who will win.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
TV: SECN (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly, Howard Richards, Chris Gervino)
Spread: Georgia -28
Series history: Georgia 10-1
Mizzou Injury Report
WR Luther Burden III: Questionable
DL Ky Montgomery: Doubtful
LB Chad Bailey: Out
WR Demariyon Houston: Out
WR Chance Luper: Out
OL Hyrin White: Out
RB Elijah Young: Out
5 Matchups to look at
1.) Brady Cook vs. UGA defense
Mizzou quarterback Brady Cook did not follow up his career day versus Abilene Christian with the greatest showing in week four. In week three versus the Wildcats, Cook completed 21 of 30 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns. In week 4, Cook completed 14 of 24 passes for 179 yards and an interception. It was a wrestle for the offense in addition to two possessions in the second quarter, however Cook kept them within the game with a 39-yard completion to Dominic Lovett to get them in field aim vary in path of the tip of regulation.
Cook must complete more passes as he did to Lovett and have the efficiency much like what he had in week three as a end result of the protection he’s dealing with is way completely different than any protection he has confronted to this point this season.
The good factor for Cook and this offense is that Georgia typically runs the same 4-2-5 nickel protection (with the STAR not the slot cornerback) that Missouri runs, so it won’t be a international scheme they are facing.
The not-so-good thing is Georgia lost eight defensive players to the 2022 NFL Draft, including a record five gamers within the first round, and it’s possible that the defense is enjoying better this season than last season.
“Defensively so far, the staff has actually stunned me,” stated Anthony Dasher of UGASports.com. … “This year they’re taking part in lots of guys who’re inexperienced and didn’t have a lot enjoying time in college, however thus far they’ve adjusted fairly well. … The results to this point have really been higher than last 12 months.”
Cook missed some throws in opposition to Auburn, and his interception was extra of a good play by the defender to jump the pass and deflect it into the air, but the way Cook was overthrowing some of his receivers or simply not hitting the mark might have more consequences in opposition to Georgia.
The Bulldogs have pressured seven turnovers and are homeowners of the nation’s 11th-best defense limiting opponents to 257 total yards per recreation. They additionally permit simply 171 passing yards (21st in FBS).
Cook has completed 69 of 109 passes (63.3%) for 805 yards, four touchdowns and 4 interceptions. He also has 36 rushes for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
2.) Mizzou’s offensive line vs. UGA’s line of defense
Missouri’s most obtrusive problem to this point within the season is its offensive line. After the week three win versus Abilene Christian, Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz mentioned that they would have to re-evaluate who the staff’s 5 finest offensive linemen have been after the offensive line dedicated six penalties (five holds and one false start), allowed a sack and nine tackles for loss.
Javon Foster, Xavier Delgado, Connor Tollison, Mitchell Walters (replacing Connor Wood) and Zeke Foster have been the starters against Auburn in week four. Powell, who was changing Hyrin White at right deal with, suffered a season-ending damage within the first quarter of that game. Wood changed him at proper deal with and will start at the place versus Georgia.
Despite shedding defensive finish Travon Walker (No. 1 general pick), defensive deal with Jordan Davis (No. 13 general pick) and Devontae Wyatt (No. 29 general pick) to the NFL Draft, the defensive line might be still Georgia’s best position group (although, you can probably say that about any position group on its defense).
Defensive deal with Jalen Carter is projected to be a top-five pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and defensive finish Nolan Smith is seeking to be a late first-round or second-round pick. Carter, who has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury has 4 tackles and a tackle for loss. He is predicted to play. Smith has recorded eight tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a pass deflection.
3.) Mizzou’s defensive line vs. UGA’s offensive line
In week four, Missouri’s defense performed its finest defensive recreation since week seven of the 2020 season when it held Vanderbilt to 186 yards in a 41-0 win. The defense held Auburn to 217 total yards and 17 factors. Auburn solely managed to get three points and 134 yards after the primary quarter.
The defensive position, in particular for Mizzou, had its greatest game of the season when it recorded 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. That performance adopted up two lackluster outings when the defensive position only recorded one sack and five tackles for loss in the two games prior.
The Bulldogs offensive line is headlined by offensive tackle and Preseason All-SEC first-team selection Warren McClendon and offensive tackle Broderick Jones, and have helped make certain Stetson Bennett’s jersey has stayed clear. The offensive line has allowed only two sacks this season (sixth in the FBS) and 7 tackles allowed (first within the FBS).
4.) UGA tight ends vs. Mizzou safeties
Not usually do you see a decent finish take an end-a-round 75 yards for a touchdown however Georgia’s Brock Bowers did that on Georgia’s first play from scrimmage last week. Bowers is coming off of a phenomenal freshman marketing campaign in 2021 when he recorded 56 catches for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns. This season, via four games he has 15 receptions for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He’s additionally rushed 3 times for 82 yards and a landing. He is the definition of a matchup nightmare.
Bowers is probably the tight ends finest position player, but he’s may not be the most physically gifted.
That may be reserved for the 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end, Darnell Washington. Washington is a massive pink zone threat and due to his athleticism and size benefit, he’ll normally have a mismatch.
Missouri’s most consistent (and maybe its best) defensive position group is the secondary. Jaylon Carlies, who tendencies in course of being a future NFL draft decide every week, is the Tigers’ most sure-handed safety and isn’t afraid to hit and Clemson transfer Joseph Charleston has been great at deep safety. The true matchup for Bowers and Washington will be the gamers manning the STAR place although. The STAR position is manned by Martez Manuel and Daylan Carnell off the bench. They might be lining up over the tight ends and have their palms full with Bowers and Washington, however Manuel and Carnell have played nicely the final two weeks. Carnell, was Missouri’s highest-graded player in opposition to Auburn with a grade of 85.2, according to PFF College. Manuel was one of many team’s better tacklers receiving a tackling grade of 76.zero (third-best).
They should deliver their A-game against essentially the most proficient tight finish group they’ll face all season.
5.) Mizzou extensive receivers vs. UGA Secondary
It has been a struggle for Mizzou wide receivers to create much separation this season. Well, everybody besides Lovett, who has led the Tigers in receptions and receiving yards in all four games. He has 21 receptions for 376 yards (conference leader) and two touchdowns. Barrett Banister has caught 11 passes (second on the team) for 114 yards and Luther Burden III has caught 10 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Those are the only three receivers with 10 extra receptions with Mookie Cooper and Tauskie Dove hauling in six passes.
Now, the variety of receptions isn’t based mostly just on spacing. The offensive line play hasn’t been great, Cook has missed some throws, there’s been some dropped passes and a few other issues but the Tigers must figure one thing out versus Georgia to move the ball down the sphere.
When Georgia’s 14th-best run defense is not limiting groups to 3.19 yards per carry, its aforementioned 21st-ranked move protection led by cornerback Kelee Ringo is holding down the fort. The secondary has pressured 5 of Georgia’s six interceptions, and in addition is not afraid to make tackles both. Five Georgia defensive backs are among Georgia’s prime 10 main tacklers.
4 players to observe
1.) The offensive line
It’s going to take an all-hands-on-deck effort for the Tigers to come out with the upset. Especially, on this offensive line. It’s by no means ideal to start new gamers on the offensive line within the Southeastern Conference with out a few seasons to get acclimated to the league. That isn’t the case for redshirt freshman heart Connor Tollison and redshirt freshman right guard Mitchell Walters.
Walters got his first start against Auburn and this shall be Tollison’s fourth start of the season.
The offensive line only had one penalty referred to as towards it, however it also allowed 4 sacks and 7 tackles for loss last game. The group must hold Cook clear and do whatever they should do (that will not draw penalties) to limit this entrance Georgia entrance seven.
2.) RB Nathaniel Peat
It shall be interesting to see how Nathaniel Peat responds after coming off of a sport that saw him rush for over 100 yards for the second time in his career, but in addition fumble and seal Missouri’s fate against Auburn. Peat averaged 5.5 yards per carry and had the sport’s longest rush of 20 yards on that final carry.
Georgia’s protection is stingier than Auburn’s protection but the same was stated about Auburn compared to the run defenses Missouri faced in weeks one via three, and Peat ended up having his most efficient recreation sans the fumble.
Peat will have to put week four behind him and try and replicate everything he did main up to the fumble.
3.) WR Dominic Lovett
Lovett has made a significant leap in season two with the Tigers however now that he’s emerged as the Tigers’ best extensive receiver via two video games he might find himself with more durable matchups as teams start to key in on him. Georgia’s secondary as a unit is elite but if Kelee Ringo shadows him it will be attention-grabbing to see what Lovett can do. Ringo is likely a first-round choose if he stays healthy and declares for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Ringo is a bodily 6-foot-2 cornerback who can journey and play on the boundary or within the slot and is sweet at taking part in the ball in the air, but he is not without flaws. He’s been focused 12 instances and has allowed 10 receptions for 113 yards. Now, a few of those receptions and yards may be as a end result of Georgia allows teams to throw the ball when they’re up massive, however Ringo may be overly aggressive to the point the place he will get himself out of place.
It’ll be as much as Lovett to make plays out of the slot and if Ringo is lined up over him he will have to force Ringo to make use of one of his greatest traits (physicality) towards himself.
4.) QB Brady Cook
Whether Cook and Mizzou’s offense is aggressive or not is unknown, but Cook cannot flip the ball over this week. He’s dedicated a minimum of one turnover (five in total) in all four games, though most of them haven’t been his fault he nonetheless cannot commit one this week. Last week, Auburn turned Cook’s lone turnover into a landing. It didn’t lose Missouri the sport since Mizzou had a quantity of possibilities to win the sport down the stretch, but it certainly did not assist.
Cook has to value the football. That doesn’t suggest he shouldn’t take any chances it just means he has to ensure that he is making the proper reads, not hesitating on the reads he does see, not forcing the ball in tight spots and sliding when he scrambles.
3 Keys to the game for Mizzou
1.) Don’t get behind the chains.
Georgia is amongst the better teams at getting groups backed up behind the road of scrimmage. Missouri has to make sure they do not permit Georgia’s entrance seven to get an excessive amount of penetration. The offensive line also can’t get penalized like they did versus Abilene Christian. It’s already hard dealing with Georgia with regular conditions but when the offense is in second and lengthy or third and lengthy it will be an extended day for the Tigers’ offense.
2.) The special groups unit must bring its A-game
It was an unusual day for the Tigers’ particular groups in week 4. Harrison Mevis, a first-team All-SEC kicker in 2021, missed a 26-yard area goal on the end of regulation that might have won Mizzou the sport. Lovett and Burden mixed for a net of 1 punt return yard between two punts. Only punter Jack Stonehouse, who was making his first begin of the season, had a good day for Mizzou’s particular groups.
Stonehouse averaged 48 yards per punt on eight punts with three of the punts going over 50 yards (a lengthy of 68) and four touchdown inside Auburn’s 20-yard line. He will have to present that he can repeatedly do this, and there’s not a better time to point out he can be consistent than in opposition to Georgia. Similar to last week, the sector position battle shall be huge for Missouri.
Mevis is 5 of 8 on area goals this season and has already tied his career-high for missed subject objectives in a season (three) which he set in 2020 when he went 17 of 20. Mevis must ensure he leaves final week’s sport in the rearview mirror and execute when his quantity known as upon this week.
Whether it’s Burden or Lovett fielding punts they simply have to make sure they do not muff the punt or go backward after they catch it. Lovett bobbled one punt on a good catch and then muffed another one before he rapidly recovered it. The one punt he actually fielded was for a lack of three yards.
3.) Establish a operating game
This shall be a key for Missouri each week until the Tigers can prove they can run the ball consistently with the help of the offensive line. Last week, with the changes made by Drinkwitz alongside the offensive line there were a few instances where holes opened up for the working backs and the operating backs had been capable of make a play out of it (look at Peat’s final carry). If the Tigers can establish the run they will open up the cross and get more playmakers like Lovett and Burden concerned.
Without the run, Mizzou turns into one-dimensional and that may lead to extra third downs, riskier performs and an increased probability of a turnover on obvious passing downs.
2 Questions that need answering
1.) Will Missouri’s offense present its protection with enough support?
Missouri’s defense, with the exception of week two towards Kansas State, has gotten better each week. Even when the defense allowed 40 factors to Kansas State, the protection performed fantastically in the third quarter and kept Missouri in the sport. The defense allowed 24 points in week one, 17 factors in week three and 17 points in week 4. The defense seems to be as a lot as the duty, but when the offense doesn’t get off to a fast start or continues to string three and outs time and again will in all probability be onerous seeing Missouri have any probability of profitable.
2.) Will Missouri’s offense be aggressive or conservative?
Coming into the season many people picked Georgia to defeat Missouri handily. When you mix that with the very fact the Bulldogs won the national championship final season, they’re ranked No.1 and so they’re undefeated this season it might be straightforward for Missouri to play conservatively. Maybe, making an attempt to run the ball more and restrict Georgia’s time of possession or not take many deep pictures.
Considering Georgia’s talent the Tigers in all probability ought to be aggressive on this recreation since they would not have a lot to lose because as Mizzou discovered last week there are no moral victories. Whether a staff loses by three points or by 28 factors it doesn’t matter as a result of a loss is a loss. Being aggressive probably helps Mizzou more than being conservative.
Jarod: I’m taking the Bulldogs 45-10. Coming off a lackluster week, Georgia is the indignant giant seeking to blow off some steam, and it’s going to take that anger out towards Mizzou. I do suppose Missouri will put up a brief struggle early on, but the offense has struggled mightily this season, particularly in relation to getting off to a fast begin. I do not expect that to change, particularly if Burden doesn;t play. I suppose punter Stonehouse will get a chance to have another masterclass punting efficiency.
Gabe: Georgia didn’t look very good final week. Missouri hasn’t looked very good all season. Worst attainable combo. I assume Missouri is the group we have seen. I think Georgia will be on a mission to prove it isn’t the staff we saw final week. Bulldogs pour it on within the first half and cruise in the second to a 48-6 win.
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