Talk about a scenario that not many people predicted before the season. The biggest game in the SEC East goes down on Saturday as No. 12 Missouri goes on the road to face No. 2 Georgia with the month of November underway and the homestretch in the College Football Playoff race here. The division will more or less belong to the Bulldogs — again — with a win over the Tigers as they’ll have a two-game lead. Meanwhile, Missouri would draw even with UGA and own the head-to-head tiebreaker if it’s able to spring the upset.
The Bulldogs throttled rival Florida 43-20 last week to extend their winning streak to 25 games. Quarterback Carson Beck was solid in Georgia’s first full game without star tight end Brock Bowers, who underwent ankle surgery two weeks ago. The defense was all over the Florida offensive line early, which allowed the Dawgs to pull away and never look back.
The Tigers were off last week, which makes this game even more intriguing. Brady Cook and Luther Burden III have become one of the best quarterback-receiver duos in the nation, and there’s no doubt that coach Eli Drinkwitz used the bye week to draw up a unique game plan for the undefeated Bulldogs
Let’s break down the matchup and make a pick for the big game between the hedges.
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It’s all on Cook: The junior signal caller is third in the nation in completion percentage in passes of 15 or more air yards without being pressured at 59.6%, trailing only LSU’s Jayden Daniels and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. What’s interesting is Georgia has struggled mightily in the sack department — which is a 180-degree turn from what it has been in previous seasons. The Dawgs are only…