I have a couple of questions that will serve as a preview of the Missouri game.
What kind of offense does Missouri run?
Missouri runs a spread offense that is proficient at running the ball, leading the SEC in rushing yards per game. They have a trio of running backs (Russell Hansbrough, Henry Josey, and Marcus Murphy). They also have a very talented and mobile senior quarterback James Franklin. Missouri is 2nd in the SEC in scoring offense and total offense. They are first in the conference in rushing and 4th in passing.
What kind of offense does a Grantham coached team struggle against?
Credit will be given out to “any offense other than the high school offense Georgia Tech runs,” but the answer I was looking for was the exact kind that Missouri has.
Who is Dorial Green-Beckham?
He was the VHT #1 receiving prospect in the nation. He is only 6’6” and 225 lbs. And is 5th in the SEC from recieving, right behind Beckahm and Landry from LSU who gave our secondary fits.
What is the weakest position group for the Georgia defense?
I think that about sums it up.
Look, Missouri hasn’t played anyone of consequence so they aren’t exactly battled tested. But, our team might be a little too battle worn.
I have no doubt Missouri will score points on the defense. No doubt. At this point, anything under 30 points will be a major accomplishment.
With the injuries on the team, the offense went from being the most dynamic it has ever been to going back to 2003 type play. Georgia’s biggest strength was it could I-formation, Pistol, 4 wide in consecutive plays, with great success in each formation, running and passing. The injuries and the depth have taken that away. Now are we going back to a very basic, vanilla offense again? That is OK. It works for Alabama and LSU, and it worked for us for many years. But for that vanilla offense to work, you have got to have a good defense. Otherwise, you are just a more athletic version of Arkansas.
You can’t trust this defense to make a stop on 3rd and long and 4th down, much less make a series of stops or create turnovers to put the now depleted offense in a good situation.
I am going to say this, and I don’t want to seem overly dramatic. This Missouri game might be the most difficult and pivotal game on the schedule until the SECCG (if we make it). More so than Florida. At least by Jacksonville, e Gurley should be back and the offense will have more time to gel and get more acclimated to the new normal. Notice I didn’t say anything about the defense improving because I am not holding out hope for that anymore.
But after what happened against Tennessee, this game sets up awful for us. Noon game at home, a half asleep crowd, a senior quarterback and very talented receiver leading an offense that will put up points.
The Dawgs couldn’t catch a break and get Kentucky or a Sun Belt team at this point. Can the offense respond and put up the necessary points?
We shall see. But this game is very important and will chart what the Dawgs do the rest of the way.