UGA’s next opponent at a glance: Missouri

Who: at Missouri

When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday

TV; radio: ESPN2; 750, 95.5

About Missouri

Record: 1-0 (0-0 SEC)

Last time played: The only previous football game between Georgia and Missouri came in the Orange Bowl at the end of the 1959 season. Georgia won 14-0 on two long touchdown passes by quarterback Fran Tarkenton.

Offense: Missouri’s spread offense revolves around dual-threat quarterback James Franklin, a 6-foot-2, 228-pound junior who last season passed for 2,865 yards and ran for 981. Starting tailback Kendial Lawrence, a senior, ran for 121 yards in a season-opening 62-10 victory over Southeastern Louisiana last week. The Tigers’ top receiver is T.J. Moe, who caught 146 passes in the past two seasons. Freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, a 6-foot-6, was the nation’s No. 1-rated high school receiver last year and caught three passes for 32 yards in his college debut.

Defense: Missouri allowed 380 yards per game last season, which ranked No. 61 in the nation but No. 4 in the offense-oriented Big 12. Outspoken defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, well-known for his comment that Georgia plays “old man football,” is a highly regarded player who transferred to Missouri from junior college last year. Cornerback E.J. Gaines was first-team All-Big 12 last season, when he had 16 pass breakups. Linebacker Zaviar Gooden has started 27 consecutive games.

Special teams: Sophomore Marcus Murphy returned punts 70 and 72 yards for touchdowns last week, becoming the first player in Missouri history with two two kick-return TDs in the same game.

What you should know: Missouri (8-5, 5-4 Big 12 last season) has won eight or more games in each of the past six seasons.

Coach: Gary Pinkel is in his 12th season at Missouri (86-54 record) and 22nd as a head coach (159-91-3, including 10 years at Toledo).

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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191 comments Add your comment

Destin Dawg

September 4th, 2012
3:24 pm

Destin Dawg

September 4th, 2012
3:27 pm

we’ll see.. it should be a huge test in Columbia at night with the Tigers jacked up to be in the SEC….. Go Dawgs.. win the SEC Champs THIS year !!

NC Dawg fan

September 4th, 2012
3:30 pm

Get things right on D and we will have nothing to worry about. We do not want to get in a shootout this week!

Bite that Tiger tail

September 4th, 2012
3:31 pm

Georgia just needs treat it like business. Get it done.

CPJ's maaaan boobs

September 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

Ray

September 4th, 2012
3:40 pm

If Georgia finds a way to lose this game it should be off with Mark Richt and Aaron Murray’s Heads(Fired/Benched) I already wasn’t too impress with last weeks game.

ATL Tiger

September 4th, 2012
3:41 pm

See you at the ZOU!!! I’m expecting a hard-hitting, fast paced game.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
3:44 pm

From which team @ ATL Tiger

Mizzou just plays extreme offense they’ll find out sooner or later that crap don’t pass in SEC FOOTBALL! Just ask Michigan how that worked out.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

I will say I was impressed by Gurley though this past game shows promise, but it won’t matter to most fans once he gets into trouble(hope not) ish always hits the fan before most facts come out.

UGA Insider

September 4th, 2012
3:46 pm

OK here again we are playing against a highly regarded special teams player like Honey Badger…. UGA has the worst punt team in the country… I am anxious to see what CMR will do. I bet he punts to the kid like he did Honey Badger.

NC Dawg fan

September 4th, 2012
3:53 pm

I thought punts went quite well last week. Kickoffs even better.

Remarkable

September 4th, 2012
3:54 pm

I am a life long Bulldog but I wasn’t very impressed with last weeks game either. Murray overthrew many of his most open receivers. I hope he has gotten the nerves out of his system.
I will say this, the running game looked good already. I’ll bet you will see three different backs with more than 50 yards. Todd Gurley should get another 100 yard game. I just hope it’s enough.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

@ Remarkable

This upcoming game we shouldn’t worry Mizzou is more offense first than defense just like with Texas A&M they’ll learn that crap don’t fly in SEC Football my friend.

Even though I feel Georgia is overrated highly this year we should get past Mizzou I said it before if Georgia finds a way to lose the entire coaching staff should be fired on LIVE TV lol.

snoop dawgy dawg

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

UGA needs to get the lead and then run it down Mizzou’s throat

dawggirl

September 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

I think to say we’re the worst punt team in the country is an exaggeration. I said on Sunday that we shouldn’t kick to this guy, unlike how we did to HB. Hopefully, they’ll make the right call on that.

I’m nervous about this game, I have to say. So many people out. Not an excuse, but I’m not confident. Any word yet on the line?

Dawg Haus

September 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

If the Dawgs play D, they’ll win this game.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:05 pm

@dawggirl

While we may not be the worst we are still pretty bad especially to be #6 in the nation.

Honestly in SEC games are won and lost on how good/bad your Defense and Special Teams are lol.

Chilidawg

September 4th, 2012
4:10 pm

What is the purpose for not announcing how long our players are suspended?

Dave

September 4th, 2012
4:12 pm

Enter your comments here

Dave

September 4th, 2012
4:15 pm

From what I have read, it’s the dogs by three. Mizzou scored 62 pints last week, but of that, 28 was by the defense and 14 was on punt returns. I know it all counts, but their “high octane” offense only scored 20 points against a division 2 school. If we don’t have any breakdowns in special teams and no turnovers (OK…maybe one), we should be all right. UGA played a very vanilla defense and offense, because they could and still win. Hopefully, they will come out with their hair on fire for this one. I hope….if not…..*sigh

snoop dawgy dawg

September 4th, 2012
4:17 pm

@Chillidawg
Maybe to see how they act during that week to see if they deserve to play would be my guess

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:19 pm

@ Dave

SE LA is a D1(FCS) School not D2 I’m not going to lie I hate when people get that mixed up lol. Cause I actually go to a D2 school.

dawggirl

September 4th, 2012
4:20 pm

Ray, we’re #7, not #6.

Did we look good Saturday? No, horrendous at times. I just don’t see the point in making it out like we’re the worst team in the entire country. For god’s sake, Oklahoma barely squeaked by UTEP. We weren’t the only team to look bad. Do we have concerns? Yes. But we know what we’re up against with this team, and we know what our defense has to do. We just have to buck up and do it.

Go Dawgs!

DIT

September 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

I agree, defense shows up and the rest will take care of itself. With that said:
UGA 38 Mizzou 17

dawggirl

September 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

I should say, they have to buck up and do it. I will be sitting on the couch, not really helping out that much. ;)

Silly Bloggers

September 4th, 2012
4:21 pm

Not saying it means anything, but UGA just released their depth chart for the Missouri game and had both Tree and Rambo listed as starters. Granted, we can take almost all of our scholarship players to a game since we are way under the 85 man cap, but still found it surprising. Google Grady NewsSource UGA starting lineup and please let me know if I am missing something.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:22 pm

@ Dawggirl

Been in class since 11:00 so I haven’t seen update rankings and what not, but what’s the difference still feels highly overrated.

Silly Bloggers

September 4th, 2012
4:23 pm

Nevermind…they were included on the Buffalo game depth chart as well. Oh well, here I was hoping for nothing.

jalex49

September 4th, 2012
4:23 pm

This is a true test for both teams and Georgia needs all their players on board! Missouri is a good team but so is Georgia. I hope the defense gets it together and play like they are capable of playing. I believe they can and will be a top five defense at season’s end.

I think the offense looks much better and hopefully the line can protect Aaron Murray and the running backs.

Just play “Georgia football” which I was taught to mean”Hunker Down Dawgs”, it was surprising to hear they are playing old man football?

Old Man Football ? Where’s Hershel?

General Ledger

September 4th, 2012
4:25 pm

Actually, we pretty much saw the entire playbook on Satuday……..run up the middle, sling it 70 yards…….am I missing anything? Oh….wide receiver pass. We’ve added 50% to the playbook this year. However GO DAWGS!

dawggirl

September 4th, 2012
4:25 pm

After Saturday’s game, we’ll know whether we’re a good team or not.

I-DOG

September 4th, 2012
4:26 pm

Does that mean MO plays “old man” defense? Just kidding.

Thoughts on the first game…. I am in the middle, but overall concerned that we look an awful lot like last year’s team. Overall a C-

I thought the WR’s looked good and the running backs. Not too many penalties and no turnovers. Murray was very mediocre. I think Richt’s frustration in his play was heard in the one quote about him overthrowing King for an easy touchdown. OL played about like I thought they would. Certainly not dominant, but they look like they have some potential. David Andrews looked like he was getting his first action. He should be better by game four, but can we get by Missouri?

Defensively, there were some concerns which everyone has pointed out. There were excuses, suspensions, MM’s sprained ankle, the savage heat and humidity, and the fact that we played vanilla.

Georgia would have likely avoided a touchdown if the proper call had been made on a blatant hold on our freshman DE as he was bearing in for his first career sack. That would have set up 3rd and VERY long on their side of the 50.

Still, we were told that this defense has 10 future NFLers on it and this is CTG’s 3rd year teaching the 3-4, and that we will be DOMINANT. We simply weren’t.

Tough to learn alot about the team when playing a weak opponent, but we will learn plenty Saturday night. Does anyone else think that MO will be running some planned and unplanned quarterback draws up the middle? Maybe 20% of their offense?

I’d still like to see us get a 1st down or two on a drive before throwing the ball deep on a 2nd and 10 or 3rd and 6 when we haven’t really moved the chains yet. I disagree with Bobo philosophically on that and I understand that Buff. took their chances with a lot of press coverage, but I’d rather see us take that shot over the top on a 2nd and 3 or 1st and 10 after we have gotten a couple of first downs on a drive. Rest the D. Wear their D out, gain some rythym and confidence. If we don’t hit the TD pass on 2nd and 3, we can still either run or pass on 3rd down. Same if it becomes 2nd and 10 because we missed on a deep pass, it isn’t a drive killer.

Overall C-

Dave

September 4th, 2012
4:27 pm

@Ray…oops….my bad. That being said, Mizzou could get out of hand quickly if we don’t go full speed. Talent wise, I’d say we win and win going away (Defense, mostly), but I’ll be pacing and swearing sometime around 8:30 PM. Hoping for good things….

Dave

September 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

And they outta give Marshall and Gurley the rock 25-30 times between the both of them. Samuel gets 2 carries and Boo gets 5. RUN THE DAMN BALL and keep their offense off the field.

CHDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:28 pm

Dave, I counted 5 offensive TDs. MO has a very strong team and they will be amped higher than a bowl game, but they are at home. I look for something similar to last year’s SC game. 40-50 and a shootout, unless we come out flat and then it could be embarrassing. I’m going to be shocked if we beat them worse than we did Buffalo. I do think we were looking ahead, but all of the suspensions and injuries are hurting us, too. We could be out 6-8 starters. It is going to take a great game imo.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:29 pm

@ jalex49

I think that comment was more so because of last year’s abysmal performance to Michigan St. in that bowl game and honestly when a SEC team loses to B1G team something is definitely wrong.

Still though Mizzou can’t talk BIG 12 is known for playing high offense games with little to no defense except for a few teams Oklahoma(whenever they’re really good) comes to mind.

Hotdawgrunnin

September 4th, 2012
4:30 pm

Chilidawg – CMR understands the art of war. Keeping the slightest advantage over your opponent is the coaches responsibility. By bringing the slightest amount of doubt into the minds of the Mizzou O line, those kids will not be able to mentally prepare themselves for who they will be up against as a unit. By bringing attention away from certain matchups and focusing on the drama he has to deal with, Mizzou will have a harder time being prepared.

CMR has done an excellent job with the press. I remember when our team would have taken the bait with the stupid ‘old man football’ comments and lost all focus. Now with their canned responses we are showing real discipline, representative of a cohesive team! I’m proud of the program he has built, and even with suspensions I know our boys can welcome Mizzou to their first SEC game by handing them a L.

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:31 pm

Well UGA has been at the top of the SEC in punting team more so than the bottom. Not sure worst in the nation is exactly accurate.

We downed several inside the 20 Saturday. The only return yards that they gave up was on a punt obviously kicked too flat (same mistake that happened in the CG).
(And it was worth it to see Lynch completely blow the guy up)

Most were very high .5 punts, only one returned. 51 yrd average.

I thought that the punt team was actually a pretty bright spot.
We’ll see against a real team, if they have a handle on it or not.

Clanton Dawg

September 4th, 2012
4:31 pm

The Dawgs didn’t show anything on offense or defense this past week against Buffalo. They may not have even had a game plan other than to just win. Expect the exact opposite this week. UGA plays better, gets the win, and dances at the post game party before flying back to Athens. Go DAWGS!!!

Say What???

September 4th, 2012
4:31 pm

If their QB is truly a duel threat, this game will be a good indicator of how our defense will play against South Carolina. We need shut down their “young boy” offense and take the home crowd completely out of it.

I wish I could say I wasn’t worried… But I can’t. Our defense showed me nothing to get excited about. I hope it was a combination of looking past Buffalo and the use of a very limited playbook…

UGA Insider

September 4th, 2012
4:33 pm

I said we have the worst punt team in the country and we do! We are terrible and some kid ripped off 30 yards against us every time it seemed like. You guys must have been taking Valiums like the team that day.

I-DOG

September 4th, 2012
4:35 pm

Anyone else happy we played a cupcake week 1? If Florida, Georgia, or even South Carolina had played a top 25 team, I’m not sure any of us win. Starting with a quality opponent week 1 is always scary. Glad we weren’t playing MO in week 1.

We don’t beat last year’s Boise team either if we play them last week. That is what has me worried, we looked a lot like last year’s team in many ways. Especially defensively.

I hope we are much better than we showed in week 1, but am certainly concerned that we lose 2-3 games out of MO, SC, TN, Auburn, and FL.

Not good enough in my opinion. 10 NFLers on the defense. 4 seniors in the defensive backfield PLUS Mitchell (though two of them are suspended at present) and a 3rd year starter at QB with more than adequate firepower at RB and WR.

Florida hasn’t shown that they are back yet, USC looked very beatable, TN isn’t quite there yet, and Auburn doesn’t seem to have a juggernaut. No Bama, LSU, or ARKY and a cupcake out of conference schedule.

Hope we can play up to the level of talent and make it a special year.

Ray

September 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

@ UGA Insider out of 120 teams I doubt we’re worse than say the Idaho Vandals LOL!

or even FIU, Utah St. Wyoming etc etc.

We are pretty bad for an SEC team, but worst is a far stretch.

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

I meant The freshman averaged 51. We cut into that overall, with the pooch punts, of cource.
(which is interesting for them to have a designated pooch punt kicker this year)

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:42 pm

Well if by “every time” you meant one time, then yes.

AltamahaDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

I don’t think that I could have imagined the others (3 downed inside the 20, 1 TB) with no returns.

Buckhead Bulldog

September 4th, 2012
4:50 pm

If I hear “well we will know what kind of team UGA has after Sat.” one more time I’m gonna go bonkers. Mizzou is NOT EVEN ranked and we will find out what uga is all about after Sat? No we wlil find out out what UGA is all about after playing the Cocks in Columbia,,,,Mizz is a cake walk!

LOYAL DAWG

September 4th, 2012
4:57 pm

Dawg fans I know we didn’t impress vs Buffalo, but we’ll be fine in all 3 phases of the game. It seems like everybody wants to be uptight and nervous about this game and understandably so, but I don’t think they better than Tenn or Vandy quite honestly. So what they can score a few point with a big mobile QB. All those run and gun Big 12 teams don’t really impress me. We just have a better team and we as dawg fans should expect something like dawgs 27, tigers 19 and that’s only cause we going into a hostile environment. Relax Dawg fans, get you some medium/extra crispy wings and enjoy the game!

DirtyDawg

September 4th, 2012
4:57 pm

Not real sure about our FG kicker. His leg just didn’t look that strong. Kickoffs were OK but since they’ve moved them to the 35 YL everybody’s leg looks OK. The pooch kicker didn’t seem to do more than 30-35 yards on his ‘end-over-end-style’ kicks. Maybe thats all they want or need, but then if the line of scrimmage is on the opposition’s side of the 50, sometimes you gotta go for it. Didn’t try but one screen pass that I recall and it sucked, but you’ve got to get Messers Marshall and Gurley open in space.

MizzouTiger88

September 4th, 2012
4:57 pm

@Say What???? Our “young boy” offense is gonna run twice as many plays and wear out your “old man” defense by the 4th quarter. Our dual threat QB “Tony the Tank” should scare you as should Vegas only making a “top ten” team only a 3 point fav against an unranked squad. M-I-Z-S-E-C!!!!!