Saturday Preview: Missouri-Georgia
No. 25 Missouri (5-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 7 Georgia (4-1, 3-0 SEC), Noon (ESPN)
Line: Georgia by 9
Series Record: Georgia leads 2-0
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Georgia lost wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley and tailback Keith Marshall to season-ending knee injuries in last week's 44-41 overtime win at Tennessee and could be without tailback Todd Gurley (ankle) for a second straight week. Undefeated Missouri is trying to validate a strong start after last week's 51-28 win at Vanderbilt.
Missouri QB James Franklin vs. Georgia secondary. Franklin, a senior, threw four TD passes against Vanderbilt, giving him 13 for the season with only three interceptions. Georgia, which ranks 12th in the SEC in pass defense, likely will start two freshmen defensive backs, free safety Tray Matthews and cornerback Shaq Wiggins.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: RB J.J. Green. After Marshall left last week's game in the first half, Green took the lead role in the running game. The freshman had 17 carries for 129 yards, showing for the first time his potential to be more than a complement to Gurley and Marshall.
Missouri: DE Michael Sam. The senior has recorded three sacks in back-to-back games against Arkansas State and Vanderbilt. He has 10 tackles for losses and has forced a fumble.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray needs 325 yards to top Tim Tebow's SEC record for total offense (12,232) in a career. ... Missouri is making its first visit to Sanford Stadium. ... Georgia won 41-20 at Missouri last year in the Tigers' first SEC game. ... Missouri has matched its win total from 2012. This is the Tigers' fifth 5-0 start in coach Gary Pinkel's 13 seasons. ... Missouri has caused a turnover in 35 consecutive games, the longest streak in the BCS. ... Georgia LB Ramik Wilson leads the SEC with 52 tackles, including 15 at Tennessee. ... Missouri ranks second in the SEC, behind Texas A&M, with 46.6 points per game. Georgia is fourth at 39.8 against a schedule that has included three top 10 teams. ... Georgia has played 14 true freshmen. Ten freshmen have played on defense, including five who have started at least one game.