ATHENS, GA. -- The Bulldogs got out of Knoxville by the skin of their teeth last Saturday.
In Georgia’s 34-31 win against Tennessee the Bulldogs lost three keys pieces to their offensive puzzle—running back Keith Marshall and wide receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett.
No.7 Georgia is looking to bounce back this week against No. 25 Missouri despite the injuries they’ve recently suffered.
Expect to see new additions to the offense to fill the void of Scott-Wesley, Bennett, Marshall and Todd Gurley, who has been listed as doubtful to play this week.
Georgia’s young defense will have to put the pressure on Missouri’s offense. Missouri hasn’t really been tested this season they’re looking to give the Dawgs their second loss and improve to 6-0 on their first trip to Athens.
Offensive control: For the first time this season, the offense is looking a little sketchy for Georgia. Georgia is proving why its depth is important with five offensive play-makers out. Missouri’s offense is looking to make big plays and capitalize on Georgia’s inexperienced defensive unit.
Quarterback Aaron Murray will need to keep not only the offense calm, but he’ll need to keep the entire team calm. Look for Murray to hit wide receiver Chris Conley often and try to sustain long scoring drives. The Bulldogs must also convert on third down. Against Tennessee the Dawgs were 4-for-13. If they can improve on third-down conversions they’ll limit Missouri’s time on the field against a young defense.
Defense: Georgia’s defense is loaded with talent, but that talent is still meshing together. Georgia will have to make stops on third down. Last week the Volunteers converted 50 percent of their third- and fourth-down conversions.
This young Bulldog defense will also have to put the pressure on Missouri’s senior quarterback James Franklin, who has tallied 1,685 yards, 15 touchdowns and has only thrown three interceptions this season. Therefore pressuring Franklin is crucial. Last year the Bulldogs put the pressure on Franklin with nine hurries and two sacks.