1 – Bring the Fire:
Georgia will have to deliver the energy and passion Saturday night. The Tigers have lost two straight – both on the road – and have been stewing during the open date. All of that time and energy has been spent on coming up with the upset plan against Georgia. Hey, South Carolina did it in Sanford Stadium, Mizzou is certainly thinking “why not us?” Coming off what is annually amongst the most emotional games of the year, that next week is tough. Last season, after Georgia beat Florida in Jacksonville, the Bulldogs took that momentum and beat an excellent Kentucky team on the road. Florida, meanwhile, disappointed a year ago, lost to Missouri 38-17. Gator coach Dan Mullen said, while ‘taking nothing away from Missouri,’ that Georgia beat them twice.
2 – Sanford Stadium Energy:
The Saturday night kickoff should help have the red and black faithful on full tilt. Georgia’s players and fans feed off one another, and the Bulldogs 12th man will have to be on its A-Game. This is the fourth of five foes Georgia will play coming off an open date (the Bulldogs also had open dates before their games at Tennessee and against Florida), and the second of three straight. Missouri is looking for a road win. Georgia’s fans can create an environment to help make that more difficult.
3 – Run that ball:
The Missouri defense is built to stop the run. Since the Tigers arrival in the Southeastern Conference, Missouri has annually put out one of the league’s top defensive lines. In previous meetings with Georgia, including the last one against the Bulldogs in Athens in 2017, Mizzou has stacked its defense, practically daring Georgia to throw the football. Jake Fromm did with great success two years ago between the hedges, and the running game got opened up behind that. But in the end, this Georgia team wins when the Bulldogs dictate with the running game. This will be strength versus strength.
4 – Strike Big:
Georgia is looking for the big plays. To come out on top, how about this, the Bulldogs need at least three of those “chunk” plays offensively, or on defense or special teams. Last season in CoMo, it was Tyson Campbell’s fumble return for a score and Eric Stokes blocked punt, scoop, and dash to the end zone that accounted for Georgia’s two first-half touchdowns. A big play in the passing game and a N.O.T., or big play on D or in the kicking game could be what puts Georgia over the top.
5 – Contain Albert O:
Missouri’s Southeastern Conference foes were all disappointed when the sensational tight end Albert Okwuegbunam announced that he would bypass the NFL Draft and return for his redshirt junior season with the Tigers. He is one of college football’s ultimate weapons. With great hands, tremendous size and speed, this John Mackey Award Finalist and First Team All-SEC selection is the definitive matchup nightmare. Georgia’s defensive staff will have to have a great plan, and the Bulldogs defenders will have to be on their A-game to slow down Mizzou’s best tight end since the incomparable Kellen Winslow.