(Hello. This is a belated blog: Three quick thoughts on Georgia’s win over Missouri. Now, they’re obviously not “quick thoughts” because I’ve been occupied with other things, but, well, never mind . . .)
If you missed it, here is my column off the game. Now, about what stood out Saturday night:
SHORT TAKES: Georgia vs. Missouri
1. Georgia’s defense has best-in-nation potential: If the Bulldogs ever actually get to the point of having everybody off suspension — what a concept — they have the potential to have the best defense in the nation. Think about it. We saw how outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (who had a sack and an interception that led to two touchdowns) can take over a game. What happens when they get back two of their best players, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo (who most likely would’ve prevented Missouri’s 69-yard touchdown pass play to L’Damian Washington)? Rambo and Ogletree likely will miss two more games. Two other starters, cornerback Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser, should be back next week.
2. Missouri is going to struggle this season: The Tigers put on a good show for most of their first SEC game. But they seemed to wear down on both sides of the ball in the fourth quarter, a telltale sign for a program that has been playing in a less physical conference (Big 12). There’s no reason Missouri won’t be able to recruit bigger linemen and eventually compete for the SEC East title, but it won’t be for a while.
3. Todd Gurley is the man: The freshman wasn’t nearly as dominant against Missouri as he was against Buffalo (no surprise), but he clearly has been established as the No. 1 tailback by coach Mark Richt. Gurley, who finished with 10 carries for 65 yards, got the ball on five of the seven rushing plays by Georgia backs in the first quarter. The other freshman back, Keith Marshall, finished with only 32 yards on 12 carries, a 2.7 average. This is Gurley’s job to lose.
– By Jeff Schultz