The best thing about Missouri week is that Georgia gets a lot of attention from Bill Connelly. Over at Rock M Nation, you can read Bill’s early assessment of Georgia’s offense, but his conclusion is what I want to mention here:
The trick against Georgia isn’t necessarily stopping the Dawgs, it’s simply stopping themenough. The UGA run game is going to do well because it is awesome, but the Tigers will need to take advantage of passing downs. Again, we’ll go over this more on Friday, but UGA is 13th in Standard Downs S&P (unadjusted for opponent) but only 60th in Passing Downs S&P. You can get to Mason with a good pass rush (and lord knows that Mizzou has a good pass rush), and you can make stops if you knock them off-schedule. So give Gurley his random gains; just focus on making them as infrequent as possible, and on taking advantage of the stops you do make.
Now, of course this is easier said than done – keep in mind that Gurley’s worst yards per carry average in a game is still over six and a half – but it’s worth stating the obvious. Getting Georgia in second-and-long and third-and-long a bunch will slow the offense down. Call that this week’s first key to the game.