The week 3 schedule brings a matchup between a pair of SEC East opponents. The #16 Georgia Bulldogs travel to face the Missouri Tigers Saturday night. Kickoff from Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri is set for 7:30 pm ET. The game has national television coverage courtesy of the SEC Network. The current odds have Georgia favored by 6.5 points in this contest with the over/under set at 55 points.
Georgia improved to 2-0 but they were hardly impressive in a 26-24 home win over Nicholls State last week. Missouri rebounded from a season opening loss by rolling over Eastern Michigan 61-21 at home last week. This is the sixth all-time meeting between the teams. Georgia holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Bulldogs won the last two in the series, including a 9-6 win at home last year.
Early Lean on Georgia -6.5
Georgia played down to the level of their competition last week against FCS program Nicholls State. The Bulldogs were a 52.5 point favorite in the contest but had to hang on to get a win in Kirby Smart’s home debut. Georgia held a 373-236 edge in total yards in the game as well as a 17-12 edge in first downs. Both teams turned the ball over three times in the game. The Bulldogs had a scoop six in the third quarter as part of a two touchdown burst in 53 seconds. The quarterback play was shaky enough that Smart wouldn’t commit to who will start in this contest.
The Bulldogs are 87th in passing offense (195.5 yards per game) and 34th in rushing with 228 yards a game. Georgia is tied for 73rd in scoring offense (29.5 ppg) and 66th in scoring defense as they allow 24 points a night. Freshman Jacob Eason is 19 of 32 for 335 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Last year’s starter, Greyson Lambert, is 7 of 11 for 56 yards. Chubb leads the team with 52 carries for 302 yards and three scores. Brian Herrien has 15 carries for 106 yards and a score. Last year’s leading rusher, Sony Michel, has only three carries for three yards. Isaiah McKenzie is a solid receiver as he leads the team with eight catches for 183 yards and two scores. Michael Chigbu (five catches, 47 yards) and Terry Godwin (four grabs, 70 yards) are other targets for Eason.
Missouri bounced back in a big way to get in the win column last week. Of course, it came at the expense of a badly overmatched Eastern Michigan program. Missouri jumped to a 33-7 halftime lead and poured it on in the second half. Quarterback Drew Lock tied a school record with five touchdown passes while throwing for 450 yards in the win. All told, Missouri picked up 647 yards of offense and 30 first downs despite holding the ball for only 21:16. The Tigers added touchdowns on a punt return and an interception return in the contest.
The Tigers are 9th in the nation in passing offense (371.5 yards per game) and 71st in rushing with 175 yards per game. Missouri is tied for 48th in scoring offense (36 ppg) and tied for 62nd in scoring defense (23.5 ppg) this season. Lock is 47 of 88 passing for 730 yards and six scores. Marvin Zanders is four of five passing for 29 yards. Ish Witter leads the team in rushing with 93 yards and a score on 23 carries. Alex Ross (20 carries, 72 yards) and Damarea Crockett (14 carries, 72 yards, TD) are in the mix. J’Mon Moore leads the Tigers with 10 catches for 124 yards. Johnathon Johnson (121 yards, TD), Chris Black (102 yards, TD) and Dimetrios Mason (58 yards) each have six catches.
The Tigers piled up points and yards against Eastern Michigan. It’s a safe bet that both will be harder to come by against a Georgia team that needs to prove itself. The Bulldogs were flat last week and that’s not a recipe for success in conference games. Smart is being coy about who starts under center but the safe bet says Eason gets another go. Chubb is a dynamic back that can cover up a lot of shortcomings. With the line being under a touchdown, Georgia is the safe bet here. For more week 3 picks, click here!
Georgia is 7-2 ATS in their last nine on the road and 6-2 ATS in their last eight on fieldturf. Missouri is 0-4 ATS in their last four conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last six after a straight up win.