Georgia vs Missouri College Football Betting Prediction

Georgia vs Missouri College Football Prediction

Written by on October 8, 2014

This coming weekend, an exciting clash is anticipated at the Memorial Stadium, Columbia as the No. 23 Missouri Tigers host the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs in one of the top matches heading to Week 7. As the NCAA Football odds indicate, fans can expect a close game with a tight score. Both teams have gotten off to an impressive start to the season and will enter the game with the SEC’s East Division title in their minds. While the Missouri Tigers are boasting of a 4-1, 1-0 SEC record, the Bulldogs trail them at 4-1, 2-1 SEC record. This Saturday, Oct. 11, the Bulldogs will be on the road to challenge the Tigers and both teams will be keen on bettering their records. The match is to kickoff at 12:00 PM ET will be aired live on CBS TV. This game has added importance for both teams, as the winner will have an added advantage in the already crowded division standings. More importantly, the win will boost the players’ morale as the teams head to the second half of the 2014 season.

Analyzing the Bulldogs vs Tigers College Football Betting Match Up

Why Take The Missouri Tigers To Win

The two squads have met three times, with two victories for Georgia and one for the Tigers. During the Bulldogs’ last trip to Missouri, they struggled at the start of the game, but eventually grew stronger as the game progressed. The Bulldogs finally won 41-20. The Tigers successfully held South Carolina’s running back Mike Davis to 104 yards on 22 carries, and they need do a similar job and contain Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley, who has put a remarkable record of 773 rushing yards in five appearances. His jaw-dropping talent adds creativity to his team giving his opponents headache each time he touches the ball. Gurley and second-choice QB Brice Ramsey’s brilliant performances in the recent games may carry the Bulldogs past the Tigers. In addition, Missouri RB Russell Hansbrough has also not been in a great form, so getting past him and other defensive players may be much easier for athletic players like Gurley. Even if Gurley is capable of leading his team to victory, relying on a late-game effort can be suicidal. A quick start for the Bulldogs is necessary against a tough opponent like Missouri. The Tigers are good at forcing turnovers, which has been their strength in most of their previous games. Although the Tigers know how to corner rivals, they need to take advantage of the turnovers and convert as many points as possible.

Why Take The Georgia Bulldogs To Win

For Georgia, they must avoid ill-advised passes and secure the ball in the ground attack. QB Hutson Mason has been criticized for his continuous interceptions, especially in his last two games against Vanderbilt and Tennessee, and that’s an issue the Bulldogs must address if they want to beat the Tigers on the road. Whereas some fans criticize Mason for Georgia’s shaky passing attack, Tigers’ Maty Mauk has not displayed a much better performance. Mauk has thrown a record 58 passes and recorded a good number of TD and yardage. However, because of his frequent interceptions, Mauk still trails Mason in completion percentage as well as QB ratings. In this Saturday’s clash, Mauk must capitalize on Georgia’s porous defense, which has suffered the dismissal of two of their defensive backs over the past two weeks. A good display by Mauk on Saturday and home ground advantage may be all that is required by the Tigers to emerge triumphant.

My Pick and Betting Prediction:

Even though Missouri’s pass rush remains solid and the team has a good home record, Saturday’s clash with the Bulldogs may prove a bit too much for them. The 3-poing football spread does not represent a challenge for the Bulldogs, and with magnificent players like Todd Gurley and Malcolm Mitchell on Georgia’s squad, a win by a close margin is more likely for the visitors.