Why Missouri Should Upset Georgia

Why Missouri should upset Georgia

10/11/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Oct 5, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback James Franklin (1) runs with the ball against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY SportsWhen Missouri and Georgia meet on Saturday in Athens, it'll be a case of two teams heading in different directions.

And that's an odd statement to make considering one team is ranked in the Top 10, and the other has just entered the Top 25 for the first time this season.

But, it's true. Missouri comes in undefeated, and demolished a solid Vanderbilt team a week ago in Nashville in the Battle of the James Franklins. Meanwhile, Georgia somehow survived in overtime against Tennessee despite suffering numerous amounts of injuries to key players.

So, while the Tigers are red hot and blasting their way through opposing defenses with ease, Mark Richt's Bulldogs are simply trying to hang on to their BCS title hopes for dear life. 

What else should we expect from Georgia though? It's not like they wanted to be in this situation. Several weeks ago, after beating LSU in a thriller, this looked like a team capable of beating Alabama and winning a national championship. But now, after a stockpile of injuries on offense and continued defensive struggles, the forecast doesn't look so bright.

And it certainly doesn't help playing a team like Missouri next.

This is the perfect setup for Franklin and company. Georgia's defense is still having trouble finding ways to stop people, and that's not good considering that the Tigers are averaging nearly 47 points per game this season.

That means that Aaron Murray will need to lead this offense to a lot of points if they want to keep up. The problem is that Georgia won't have their two top running backs (Keith Marshall is out for the year and Todd Gurley is doubtful), and they'll be without a couple of top receivers as well.

Murray has proven that he's good enough to overcome huge obstacles, but even he may not be able to overcome all of this. 

Sure, they found a way at Tennessee when their backs were against the wall. But can they really do it a second week in a row against a much better team?

It's hard to see that happening. Missouri wins this game.
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