Missouri (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at No. 1 Georgia (8-0, 6-0, No. 1 CFP), Saturday afternoon EDT (ESPN).
Line: Georgia 39 साढ़े according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Series record: Georgia leads the series 9-1.
what’s at stake?
Georgia is trying to defend its No. 1 ranking in the NWN Top 25 and its top spot in the first college football playoff rankings of the season. The Bulldogs won a berth in the Southeast Conference’s Eastern Division and SEC championship game with last week’s 34-7 win over Florida. It’s possible that Georgia could make the college football playoffs even with a defeat, but it is playing to maintain control of its championship hopes.
Missouri Senior Running Back Tyler Baddie vs. Georgia Run Defense. Baddie leads the SEC and is fourth in the nation with rushing 989 yards and is tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. Badi also has 40 receptions for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Georgia, which leads the nation in defense scoring with its average of 6.6 points, ranks second in the nation by runs, allowing 75.6 yards per game.
players to watch
Missouri: QB Conor Bazelek threw 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Vanderbilt before leaving the game in what coach Eli Drinkwitz called a “soft tissue” injury. Bazelek has made 13 touchdown passes with eight interceptions, completing 68.2% of his passes this season. If Bazelock cannot play, Tyler Macon or Brady Cook are likely to fill the place.
Georgia: Senior RB Zamir leads a committee approach for the White Bulldogs with 505 yards and eight touchdowns. White is running confidently after slowing down due to injuries to both knees early in his career.
Facts & Figures
Missouri’s only victory over Georgia came in Athens. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 41-26 in 2013. … Missouri ranks last in the nation, with 283 yards per game. … Baddie had a career-high 31 carries for 254 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-28 win at Vanderbilt last week. … Missouri is the only team in the country that hasn’t lost a single rumble. It recovered its only rumble on September 11, against Kentucky. … Georgia’s defense scored four touchdowns and allowed five. … the Bulldogs have allowed 53 points, the lowest allowed by Georgia through eight games since 1971, when it allowed 46.
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