Mizzou fans didn’t know much about last week’s opponent, Southeastern Louisiana. In contrast, the Tigers play Georgia this week, and there is plenty of information available about the No. 7 Bulldogs.
Georgia struggled at home in it’s first game against Buffalo. The Bulldogs prevailed 45-23, but giving up that many points to a team that went 3-9 in the MAC last year isn’t encouraging.
Last week, quarterback Aaron Murray carved up Bulls for 258 yards and three touchdowns. Murray is one of the best signal-callers in the country, and a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Murray’s top weapon is Tavarres King, who had six receptions, 117 yards and a touchdown in the opener.
Freshman running back Todd Gurley shined last weekend with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns on eight carries. Gurley also added a 100-yard kickoff return for another touchdown. Ken Malcome is listed ahead of Gurley on the official depth chart, but they both (along with freshman Keith Marshall) should get looks against the Tigers on Saturday.
Georgia boasts numerous SEC-recognized defensive players. Linebacker Jarvis Jones was named to the All-SEC first team and is considered by some (ESPN) to be the best overall player in the conference. Safety Bacarri Rambo (first team), nose tackle John Jenkins (second team), defensive end Abry Jones (third team), linebacker Alec Ogletree (third team) and cornerback Sander Commings (third team) also made preseason all-conference teams.
Commings will be suspended for the Mizzou game and the statuses of Rambo and Ogletree are in question. Both were suspended for the game against Buffalo, and Georgia coach Mark Richt has kept quiet on whether they will be activated before Saturday. Georgia’s defense didn’t play up to par in its opener and will took to bounce back against a more talented opponent in Missouri.