Missouri Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs – Send Me an Angel
The Missouri Tigers will need a miracle, maybe an angel to upset the Georgia Bulldogs. I will be in attendance, which may be enough to carry us home. If only…
What would it look like if Mizzou was to take down the powerhouse, defending champion, Georgia Bulldogs? Well for one, Columbia, MO would look like Watts, CA 1965, because the town would burn, with joy. Can you even begin to imagine the Missouri Tigers beating the Georgia Bulldogs on primetime television? It seems impossible after last week’s difficult loss on the road at Auburn, but hear me out, the Missouri Tigers can win this football game if they can replicate some or all the high points from Saturday’s game.
- The Missouri Tigers’ defense held the Auburn Tigers to 217 total yards, including only 82 rushing yards.
- Auburn did not score a single point in quarters two, three, or four. They were in fact gifted 3 overtime points due to turnovers, questionable play-calling, and poor clock management
- The Tigers collected 179 yards through the air without one pass being caught by Luther Burden.
- Auburn successfully converted on third down, 19% (3/16) of the time against the Missouri Tigers’ defense.
- Mizzou’s offense averaged 5 yards per play, while the defense allowed 3.3 yards per play.
The bullets above generally equal victory if big mistakes are avoided, and the turnover margin is not lopsided. The Missouri Tigers did almost everything right in the second half. The key word being almost. Those mistakes alone did not lose the Auburn game. The timing and ball placement made these mistakes much more significant, and ultimately, they could not recover.
Should Mizzou repeat this performance against Georgia, I would expect them to not only compete but to win the game. Georgia is a much tougher task than Auburn, however, all the pressure is on the Bulldogs. No one expects the Tigers to be competitive in the game. The oddsmakers certainly do not, currently holding Missouri at a four-touchdown underdog.
The Missouri Tigers need to play their best football of the season
They will need to take chances. As mentioned in this morning’s article, playing conservative against the best of the SEC will not win you any games. Being careful with the football and being scared to take chances are two different things.
Sadly, I do not have the Tigers winning this game, but I believe it will be much closer than Las Vegas thinks. I have Mizzou losing by a couple of scores, but I am confident they can and will score. The defense showed out last week, and posted one of their best performances by a Mizzou team in conference play, all time. This week will be different, but we are watching the defense improve incrementally each week, which is a big positive.
Prediction: Georgia: 34 - Missouri 21
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