It would be easy to write the Georgia Bulldog’s upcoming game against the Missouri Tigers off as a noon kickoff snoozer with zero intrigue other than whether or not the Dawgs cover the massive spread.
We all know better than that though. College football is like an onion – lotta layers. And while the on-field intrigue probably will revolve around how badly the Dawgs put it on the Tigers, there could be some recruiting implications in play.
Missouri recently secured a commitment from standout wide receiver Luther Burden, a five-star prospect out of East St. Louis who chose the Tigers over the Dawgs after decommitting from Oklahoma.
Georgia fans should know by now that Kirby Paul Smart and his assembled recruiting Avengers never give up on a recruit until the ink is dry and the fax (are faxes a thing we still do in 2021?) is received.
Missouri is coming off of its lone SEC win of the season, over lowly Vanderbilt, where they needed a career-best 254 yards from running back Tyler Badie to clip the Commodores.
Georgia, meanwhile, enters Saturday’s ballgame fresh off a dominant win over their bitter rival Florida, to push their record to 8-0 and all but lock up the top spot in the initial release of the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night.
Saturday’s matchup gives the Dawgs an opportunity to make an on-field recruiting pitch to Luther Burden and highlight the massive disparity between these two programs.
This sleepy noon kick with no intrigue may end up leading to an NSD flip for the Dawgs come December. How can you not love college football?
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Missouri Tigers odds for Week 10:
Missouri’s only non-directional school win of the season is over a Vanderbilt team that is destitute of SEC-level football talent. The Mizzou defense is the worst in the SEC, allowing 475 yards and 36 points allowed per game.
The Missouri offense is buoyed by running back Tyler Badie, the SEC’s leading rusher fresh off a career-best performance against the Commodores. Unfortunately for Badie and the Tigers, Georgia’s defense is like the Bermuda Triangle for opposing rushers.
The Dawgs Department of Defense, led by Commander-in-Chief and should-be Heisman candidate Nakobe Dean, has thus far been impenetrable, holding opponents to 74.6 yards per game on the ground – a measly 2.5 yards per attempt – en route to allowing only 6.63 points per game.
Georgia’s offense averages 6.7 yards per play and 9.8 yards per pass attempt, both of which are tops in the SEC, while scoring 38 points per game.
Georgia enters the final conference game of the season Between the Hedges with Missouri as a 37.5 point favorite according to the latest odds from WynnBET. WynnBET currently lists even odds for both Georgia and Missouri at -110 to start the week (bet $110 to win $100).
If you like betting totals, WynnBET currently lists the over/under for Dawgs-Tigers at 58.5 points. There are also currently even odds on the total, with both the over and the under sitting at -110 (bet $110 to win $100).
Georgia Bulldogs vs. Missouri Tigers Prediction for Week 10:
Through eight games of the 2021 college football season, two things are abundantly clear – Georgia’s defense stops everybody and Missouri’s defense can’t stop anybody.
I’m not a smart man, but if Missouri can’t score on Georgia and Georgia can score at will on Missouri, it seems like it’s going to be a long Saturday in Athens for the Tigers.
Georgia’s offense looked like it had a little hitch in its step against the Gators, but the Mizzou defense is the prescribed elixir for all that ails an offense. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken will dial up some deep shots early and Georgia’s offense will be off to the races a la the UAB game.
The Georgia Department of Defense will show the Missouri offense no quarter, limiting Tyler Badie to well under his season average and harrying quarterback Connor Bazelak all afternoon long resulting in multiple turnovers.
37.5 feels like an enormous number, but this game feels like Vanderbilt: Part Deux. The Dawgs repeat their performance in Nashville and cover early, while also putting enough points on the board to come close to hitting the total all by themselves. But, because Georgia’s defense will likely shut out its 3rd SEC opponent of the season, the under looks like the play.