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Richard LeCounte looks to continue to build upon his impressive sophomore season.

The five Bulldogs who need to play well for Georgia to beat Missouri

Connor Riley

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The five key Bulldogs for a Georgia win

Obviously Georgia is going to need to play well as a team to go into Columbia, Missouri and beat the Tigers on Saturday. But there are a few who are going to have key roles in either slowing down a potent Missouri offense led by quarterback Drew Lock, or finding a way to rack up yards and points. The five below are the ones we feel need to have good to great games for Georgia to win with ease on Saturday.

1. Richard LeCounte

Much has been about how Lock and receiver Emanuel Hall were able to beat the Georgia secondary for multiple deep touchdowns last year. If there’s a man who is going to be in charge of preventing those big plays, it’s going to be the sophomore safety Richard LeCounte. He had a strong showing against South Carolina, as he led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles that day. He’ll need to be all over the field once again if Georgia is going to successfully slow down the Missouri offense.

Related: Richard LeCounte has been the real breakout star for Georgia

2. Monty Rice

While Lock has gotten a lot of press, the Tigers also have another big time weapon in tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. Last season, he tied for the SEC lead in touchdown receptions with 11 and has already hauled in 2 this year. Georgia thrives on getting stops when the opponent crosses the 50-yard line, and sophomore Monty Rice and the rest of Georgia’s inside linebackers will need to put a body on Okwuegunam to keep him from finding the end zone. This is a game where Georgia will really miss Roquan Smith’s abilities.

3. D’Andre Walker

Much has been made about the fact that Georgia is last in the country in sacks. If there’s one guy who can beat the man in front him of and bring down the quarterback on Georgia’s team, right now it’s the senior outside linebacker D’Andre Walker. If Georgia can get out to an early lead and force Missouri into some obvious passing situations, Walker is capable of making life miserable for Lock. He’ll almost certainly need to do that on Saturday given how good Lock can be when he has time to throw.

4. Elijah Holyfield

With questions swirling about D’Andre Swift, Georgia is going to need a running back who can carry the load and help the Georgia offense play keep away from the Missouri offense. Junior Elijah Holyfield has gotten off to a great start this year, and his combination of size and ability make him the Georgia running back most likely to carry the load. He’s coming off his first career 100-yard rushing game and if he can do it again on Saturday, Georgia might be one-step closer to find it’s bell-cow running back for the season.

5. Cade Mays

Sophomore offensive tackle Andrew Thomas’ status is still unknown for Saturday. And if he can’t go look for Georgia to trot the freshman Cade Mays back out at left tackle. He got off to a shaky start as he got whistled for a holding penalty and then had a whiff in pass coverage that led to a strip sack. But he seemed to settle in from there and if he can continue keep quarterback Jake Fromm clean on Saturday, he may find himself playing a lot more.

Another great night at Marlow’s

Last night was another great night at Marlow’s (from the Brookhaven location) where we got to talk football with a number of great Georgia fans.

In addition to DawgNation’s Brandon Adams being on hand we where also joined by Mike Griffith, who really brought his A-game, as the DawgNation expert dropped all kinds of nuggest and notes about the likes of JR Reed, Andrew Thomas and Jake Fromm.

But really the coolest thing about these events is that it’s a reminder of why we do all of this in the first place. For the those passionate, die-hard Georgia football fans. So thanks to you guys who came out and followed along. Hopefully we’ll see you at the next Marlow’s event.

Week 4 College Football Picks

Went 4-2 last week thanks to a Ohio State deciding not to add on any more points in its 40-28 win over TCU. We also had Vanderbilt covering and nearly beating Notre Dame, even though we were very wrong about Mike Bobo against Florida. As always, please don’t actually put money on these picks.

  • No. 2 Georgia at Missouri, Noon ESPN, Radio-WSB 95.5 FM and 750 AM: A lot has been made about how good Drew Lock and the Missouri offense is. But not enough has been made about how bad the Missouri defense was against Purdue. The Tigers gave up over 600 yards, against a team that still hasn’t won a game. Because of this, I like Georgia big. Georgia 52 (-14), Missouri 20
  • No. 3 Clemson at Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC: Clemson didn’t look all that dominant a week ago against Georgia Southern and hasn’t shined like Alabama and Georgia have this year. But we think that changes against Georgia Tech, whose defense has been down right horrible, even for Georgia Tech standards. Clemson 42(-15.5), Georgia Tech 21
  • No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS: Alabama has steamrolled every team its played this season. But it hasn’t played a team as good as Texas A&M, who went the distance with the aforementioned Clemson Tigers. Jimbo Fisher is a good coach and he managed to keep last year’s Florida State-Alabama game close despite what we found out was a mediocre Florida State team. That and 26 points is a lot. Alabama 35(-26), Texas A&M 16
  • No. 17 TCU at Texas, 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX: I know TCU hung with Ohio State last week, but I’m willing to say that Texas is back, folks. The Longhorns lost a baffling game to Maryland in week 1 before thoroughly beating USC last week. Give me the home dog and the Longhorns to win outright. Texas 27(+3), TCU 21
  • No. 14 Mississippi State at Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN2: This might actually be the best SEC game of the week, as both teams enter the game unbeaten and things have been pretty chippy in the run-up into the game. The Wildcats beat Mississippi State the last time these two met in Lexington, Kentucky, and given how Nick Fitzgerald looked against Kansas State a few weeks ago, we expect Kentucky to keep this one closer than the experts think. Mississippi State 28, Kentucky 24(+9)
  • No. 7 Stanford at No. 20 Oregon, 8 p.m. ABC: Oregon is one of the few teams in the country who is yet to play a Power 5 team. That changes on Saturday when the Ducks welcome Stanford and Bryce Love into Autzen Stadium. In the first three games of the year, the Stanford defense has once again looked great. We expect them to make it four great defensive games in a row after this one. Stanford 27(-2.5), Oregon 17

Record on the season: 9-9(Against the Spread)

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