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Georgia looked a little shaky in its opener, beating Buffalo 45-23. Freshman tailback Todd Gurley ran for 100 yards and two TDs and returned a kickoff 100 yards for score. Gurley didn’t start but may have emerged as the Bulldogs’ future at tailback with eight highly productive carries, including scoring runs of 10 and 55 yards. The Bulldogs entered the season unsure who will be their lead tailback after Isaiah Crowell, last season’s freshman star, was kicked off the team. Georgia, favored by 37½ points, led only 24-16 at halftime. Aaron Murray opened the 2nd half with a 38-yard TD strike as UGA began to pull away.
The Dawgs played without two of their best defensive players, linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo. due to suspension and it’s still not clear if they will play this week. Both Rambo and Ogletree again are listed as starters like they were last week. Coach Mark Richt acknowledged after the Buffalo win that they were suspended, but has not said if they will play this week.
Missouri had no trouble in its opener, a 62-10 blowout of Southeastern Louisiana. Marcus Murphy scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 yards and Zaviar Gooden and Michael Sam each had early defensive touchdowns. Kendial Lawrence ran for a 76-yard TD and totaled 121 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns for the Tigers, who led 28-0 after running just 12 plays. Heralded freshman Dorian Green-Beckham had a 29-yard sideline catch in the third quarter for Missouri. Mizzou star QB James Franklin was 13-for-21 for 121 yards and a score and ran six times for 39 yards. He came out late in the third quarter.
It’s the first-ever trip to Missouri for UGA, while the Tigers have won two of three games at home in the friendly confines of Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium against ranked visitors in the last two seasons. Missouri has won 35 of its past 41 home games overall.
Georgia leads the all-time series 1-0, beating Missouri 14-0 in the 1960 Orange Bowl. Mizzou has played 40 games in its history against teams that currently comprise the Southeastern Conference, with the Tigers holding a 24-15-1 record. Twelve of those games came against fellow new member Texas A&M.
Bulldogs are 5-11 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Bulldogs are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in September. Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Tigers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Tigers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.