Missouri Still Undefeated After Upset of Georgia

10/12/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   62 respect

Oct 12, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers players react after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY SportsThe setup couldn't have been any better for Missouri heading into their matchup with a Top 10 Georgia team in Athens.

The Bulldogs were without several top stars on offense, and the defense was prone to giving up a ton of yards and points.

It simply was the perfect scenario for quarterback James Franklin and his high-powered offense.

So the Tigers decided to take advantage of that, jumping out to a 28-10 lead at the half, and hanging on for a 41-26 victory.

Missouri now moves to 6-0 on the season, and will likely find themselves ranked inside the Top 20 next week.

I hate to say I told you so, but.....I told you so. Given the way the Missouri offense has steamrolled through defenses this season, there was no reason they couldn't do the same against a struggling Georgia defense. 

The reason why the Bulldogs were (key word "were" since they won't be after this loss) a Top 10 team in the first place was because their offense had enough studs to score a lot of points. So we knew that not having those players due to injury would completely change how this team played. Not even Aaron Murray, who has looked Heisman worthy at times this season, could be a big enough difference maker today to offset the defensive flaws.

But let's not forget about Missouri here. They did exactly what they were suppose to do: they came in and took care of business. And did so in convincing fashion.

A lot of people questioned whether or not this team was for real since their most challenging opponent heading into this game was a struggling Vanderbilt team. Today though, they quieted those doubters with an outstanding performance between the hedges.

However, the win did not come without a bit of bad news. Franklin left the game with a separated shoulder and likely won't play next week against Florida. Unfortunately, the Tigers may know what it feels like to be Georgia right now when they host the Gators.

For now though, Gary Pinkel's team should enjoy this win.

It was a statement win, and you better believe that the rest of the SEC, and country for that matter, will know that this team is for real.

UPDATE: Reports suggest that Franklin could now be out for the regular season. This.....this is not good for Missouri.

 
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