For the first time since 2016, the Georgia Bulldogs won’t be playing in the SEC Championship Game. With that said, the Dawgs are hoping to finish this truncated season on a high note. JT Daniels and the Bulldogs are set to head to CoMO to face fellow SEC East foe Missouri on Saturday morning.
Mizzou, ranked 25th in the nation, has been giving teams fits all year. While they aren’t all the way there yet, some foundation is being laid by first-year head coach Eli Drinkwitz. Connor Bazelak has been dynamic at quarterback and Larry Rountree III has been terrific on the ground. They have won three games in a row and four of their last five games played dating back to October 24. They’ve also seen their offensive numbers go off the charts of late. The Tigers have scored 91 points in their last two games against Vanderbilt and Arkansas. They’ll be facing a fierce Dawg defense, so we’ll see if those numbers can be replicated in any sense.
Georgia might not be playing for much anymore, but they’ve still been playing well lately. They’ve won two in a row over Mississippi State and South Carolina. What’s more is that the aforementioned Daniels has played his ass off in those games. He’s completed 70.3 percent of his passes on 54 attempts, thrown for 540 yards, and tossed six touchdowns to just one interception. Daniels has been as advertised for the Dawgs, and if not for his injury issues, they perhaps could have been even better positioned had he played the whole year.
If Mizzou’s defense plays as they did in their last go-around against Arkansas, this could turn into a shootout. Georgia’s offensive prowess has already been discussed here, as Daniels has been playing very well. With that being said, Mizzou’s pass defense has been pretty airtight this year. They’ve allowed just one team to complete more than 60.9 percent of their passes this season — the Alabama Crimson Tide back in Week 1. Apart from that, they’ve been really rock solid against the pass. Granted, if Georgia can exploit the weakness that is the Mizzou run defense, then they may be able to take advantage of that. We know by now that the Bulldogs have the weaponry to do so, so it will be all about executing for them.
On the flipside, while Georgia has one of the best run defenses in the nation, their passing defense has been poorish against great passing teams. They allowed 891 yards through the air against Alabama and the Florida Gators, and a gaudy 11.72 yards per attempt. Given how Bazelak and the Tiger passing attack has played lately, that might be a key weakness for the Dawgs. What’s more is that over the last six games, Georgia has allowed teams to complete 71.6 percent of their passes (211 pass attempts).
This should be a pretty fascinating one honestly, and it could be a pretty fun game if both teams play up to snuff.
How to Watch
Time: Noon ET/11 a.m. CT
TV: SEC Network
Watch Online: WatchESPN
Spread: Georgia -13.5
Moneyline: Georgia -590 | MIzzou +410