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Wednesday Morning Dawg Bites Wants to Remind You that Defense Wins Championships

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Tyler Clark is good at football.

Good morning, Dawg Nation. How are y’all feeling about our upcoming game on Saturday night with Mizzou? Vegas still has the spread at -30.5 as of this moment. That’s a ton of points against a team who can pitch ‘n catch. That’s a lot of points for a Conference game. Georgia showed great focus on the road. Now, they’re home. Here’s hoping that attention to detail and concentrating on the task at hand when everything is still ahead of them comes to fruition.

Through 5 games, Georgia has 10 team sacks. We didn’t record any vs. Vandy (or, against Mississippi State). Is this an issue? It could be because Mizzou does a decent job protecting Drew Lock. In fact, they are ranked 13th nationally in sacks allowed with only 5 through 5 games. I’m sure Mel Tucker is aware of this. It would be good to dial up some pressure on Lock, who has 13 touchdowns/6 interceptions (1470 yards/294 per game) on the season. Lock had a very good game last week vs. Kentucky (355 yards/3 TD/0 Int), and will hope to replicate similar numbers.

The Missourian is looking at some lessons learned following Mizzou’s close loss at Kentucky. Watch out for emerging running back, Ish Witter (5’ 10”, 200 lbs) who accounted for over 150 vs. UK catching and receiving. He may get the start over Damarea Crockett.

Evidently, Mizzou is “scoring challenged” in the first quarter of games this season. They’ll be arriving in a super-charged environment on Saturday night as Georgia’s 2-week business trip has now concluded and all the momentum in the world has seemingly swung in our favor; wins, recruiting and tattoos. Here’s hoping the crowd can disrupt Mizzou early and often and we jump on ‘em. Sanford should be rockin’.

Georgia’s 5-headed running back hydra should be able to run against Mizzou’s defense, which ranks 99th nationally in rushing defense (allowing 193 yards/game). Todd Gurley thinks his former teammates are pretty good. Don’t ever argue with TG III. Personally, I think the offensive script will look a lot like it did last Saturday, but with Mizzou’s pass defense being even worse (110th nationally/295 yards per game allowed) the Dawgs should be able to exploit their secondary. On paper, the Tigers simply don’t match up well.

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#5 could have another big night...

Steve Spurrier thinks Georgia could beat Alabama. Now why in the hell is SOS weighing in on this now, and why should we care? In two weeks, he’ll probably be pontificating on whether or not we can beat Florida because, well, distractions. Your ulterior motives don’t fool me, Gator.

That big club that Georgia’s Davin Bellamy is wearing on his broken left hand hasn’t really slowed him down too much. Hopefully, he’ll be shedding that contraption by the time we roll into Jacksonville in a few weeks, which sort of reminds me of the business end of an Ankylosaurus. Here’s hoping Davin helps club Mizzou into submission in a few days.

It’ll be another big-time atmosphere and some big-time recruits will be in attendance on Saturday night. I think Georgia will come out focused and loose on defense after not playing as well as they could have, especially early on, against Vandy. I wish I was gonna be there.

Have a great day, err’body.

As Always,