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The Missouri Tigers will play in their first Southeastern Conference game on Saturday night at home against the No.7 Georgia Bulldogs. It’s no doubt a tall task to get their new conference slate underway, but you can bet that Columbia will be rocking when the Tigers and Bulldogs kick the ball off.
It’s not just two conference teams playing each other on the field. It’s going to be a clash of cultures, a clash of different styles, and for Missouri, their first chance to prove that they can hang with the ‘big boys’ in the SEC.
The Tigers come in from the Big 12 conference, where there is no doubt that they play good football in that conference. But as we have seen over the better half of the last decade, football in the SEC is of a different breed. And you can bet that Georgia will want to come in and push Missouri around in their own house.
You know, with their ‘old man’ style of football.
Of course, by now Tigers’ DE Sheldon Richardson’s comments about Georgia’s pro-style offense has gotten all the way to Athens and back. Richardson called Georgia old man football and proclaimed that he turned the Bulldogs season opener against Buffalo off last weekend. Georgia won handily 45-23. But Richardson said that if Missouri executes, there is not a team in the SEC that can hang with them.
Richardson was also quick to mention the spread offense that the Tigers run. And while there is no doubt that the spread offense has a lot going on, the Bulldogs’ offense is anything but dull. Quarterback Aaron Murray likes to air it out, and in fact had three touchdown passes of over 30 yards against Buffalo.
But Georgia does operate in the prostyle, and runs the ball had up and down the field. And if freshman back Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall run anything like they did against Buffalo this Saturday night, Missouri will be in serious trouble.
But the key to the game will be how the Bulldogs’ defense handles the spread, given the fact that Georgia could be without several key players on defense for continued suspensions.
Georgia vs Missouri betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set the Bulldogs as two-point favorites over the Tigers on the road. To cover, Georgia will need to win by at least a field goal.
This one kicks off at 7:45 pm ET on Saturday night, with coverage picked up on ESPN2. Check out the betting odds for this game below, as well as the rest of the College Football lineup in Week 2 of the season below.