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Missouri Takes On Georgia In First SEC game

The night we've all been waiting for.

The Missouri Tigers start their SEC campaign with an immediate test in the Georgia Bulldogs. Both teams are coming into this game 1-0 with the realization there can only be one team that leaves unscathed.

Missouri will look to quarterback James Franklin to lead the offense past a Georgia defense suffering from injuries and suspensions. Although UGA head coach Mark Richt is staying mum on the availability of linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo, it is believed that they will indeed miss the SEC opener for the Bulldogs. Georgia is already without cornerback Sanders Commings and outside linebacker Chase Vasser, so that will further hinder its defensive effectiveness.

Another interesting storyline is Mizzou defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson's comments after watching tape of Georgia’s first game. When asked if he had watched Georgia’s game against Buffalo, Richardson said in an interview with the Columbia Tribune,” I watched that game. I turned it off, too. It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old-man football.”

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel scolded Richardson and the matter was handled internally. Regardless, it’s never a good thing to give a top ten team bulletin board material.

The Tigers will have a large crowd to welcome Georgia. This atmosphere will rival the Oklahoma vs. Missouri game from two years ago when the Sooners were ranked No. 1 overall.

The receiving core will be an important part of the Tiger’s offense on Saturday night. Receivers T.J. Moe and Dorial Green-Beckham will need to have more of an impact than they did in last week’s game when each had less than 50 yards receiving.

The Bulldogs' offense is under the leadership of captain quarterback Aaron Murray, who threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns last week against Buffalo. The junior will test Mizzou cornerback E.J. Gaines' covering skills all night - a matchup that will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the game.

As of this morning, the oddsmakers have slotted Georgia as a 1.5 point(s) favorite. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. ET.