Bring It – Coming off an emotional showdown against Florida with superiority in the Southeastern Conference East Division on the line in a classic rivalry game, the Bulldogs hit the reset button. Georgia is the more talented team, but the Bulldogs must have that famed Erk Russell “a bad case of the wants.” If not, it’s trouble. Missouri beat LSU earlier this season and would love to add another signature victory. Missouri will be rested and focused, coming off an open date. The Bulldogs don’t have the most explosive of offenses, so the margin for error is slim. Every Saturday is tough.
Run It – The Bulldogs have an excellent stable of backs and Matt Luke’s offensive line has displayed some downright first rate blocking, really grinding in the rushing attack. When the Dogs can lead and dictate with the running game, it plays right into what Georgia wants to do. Move the chains, work the clock, wear down the opposing defense and get the ball in the hands of outstanding runners, while setting up downfield play-action.
Round Up Rountree – one of the true workhorses in the SEC, Missouri’s running back Larry Rountree carries the load for the Tigers. He averages over 20 attempts per game, 86.4 yards per contest and has scored four touchdowns. Georgia’s defensive front is beaten, battered and nowhere near full strength. The Tigers, with a big and physical offensive line will try and wear down the Bulldogs defensive front. It will take all hands on deck for the Dogs defense Saturday and the rest of the way.
Bother Bazelak – Missouri found its spark offensively against LSU in redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak. At 6-3, 220-pound, Bazelak has the measurables and the makings of being the Tigers next outstanding quarterback. They have had a bunch of standouts in the 21st century, including Blaine Gabbet, Chase Daniel, James Franklin and Drew Lock. With all the injuries on defense, the Bulldogs depth will have to continue to shine. Pressuring Bazelak and making him uncomfortable is a must.
Turnovers and Windy kicking –In any game, turnovers and sound special teams play are essential. The way these Bulldogs are built, Georgia can’t afford to squander possessions. Turnovers opened the door for the opposition in wins over Tennessee and Kentucky, two teams that aren’t as good as Georgia. A pair of picks at Alabama were killers. The winds blow hard in the midwest. Jake Camarda must be a weapon, and the Bulldogs return men sure-handed. For Jack Podlesny, making the kicks that “should” be made – as in anything under 40 yards and the PAT’s – are a must.