Georgia football double-digit favorite at Missouri despite cloudy key player availability
ATHENS —The No. 2-ranked Georgia football program has opened as a 13-point favorite at Missouri on Saturday in a battle of unbeaten SEC teams.
The Bulldogs (3-0) are coming off a 49-7 victory over Middle Tennessee (1-2) Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The Tigers (3-0) won at Purdue (0-3) on Saturday, 40-37.
The betting line for the game was among the last ones posted by VegasInsider.com on Sunday, perhaps because Georgia has a couple of players with questionable playing status.
Bulldogs tailback D’Andre Swift didn’t touch the football after the first two drives and has reportedly dealt with a groin injury.
Receiver Terry Godwin, the leading returning receiver from last season, limped into the locker room with ice wrapped around his lower leg and didn’t play in the second half.
Smart said Godwin may have hurt his shin in the game, but Godwin has also dealt with a calf strain and knee injury that kept him out most of fall drills.
Sophomore left tackle Andrew Thomas, who injured his ankle the first offensive play of the second half at South Carolina on Sept. 8, was held out of the Middle Tennessee game and his status is also unknown.
The Georgia football game with Missouri starts at noon on ESPN, and can be heard on Atlanta radio WSB 95.5 FM, 750 AM.
Renowned national oddsmaker Danny Sheridan said before the season he felt Missouri could be “the surprise team in the conference” and “win at least eight games and have a great chance to upset Georgia.”
The Bulldogs won last season’s game at Sanford Stadium, 53-28, but halfway through the second quarter the score was 21-21.
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who led the NCAA with 44 touchdown passes last season, threw four touchdown passes and one interception against the Bulldogs.
Georgia was content to pound the Tigers on the ground with 370 yards rushing on 51 attempts.
Lock is 78-of-113 passing for 1,062 yards with 11 TDs and one interception. Fromm leads Georgia, 37-of-46 passing for 479 yards with 6 TDs and one interception.
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