COLUMBIA, Mo. — Greetings from Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. They use both names around here, but we’re going with Faurot Field. Why? Because it’s alliterative, because there are just too many Memorial Stadiums in the world as it is, and because I read Loran Smith’s column on DawgNation this week explaining who Don Faurot was.
I’ll resist the temptation use this forum to discuss how Georgia should name its field for one of its former coaches. After all, Steve Spurrier and Pat Dye each have received that honor. Like I’ve always said, Vince Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium has a nice ring to it. But I digress.
We’re here today to chronicle the Georgia-Missouri game. I’ve been here for the last two the Bulldogs played here, and both were exciting and surprising for different reasons.
Georgia played here in Missouri’s inaugural SEC game in September of 2012 in what has come to be known as the Jarvis Jones game or the Grown Man game. What has largely been forgotten about that affair was that the Bulldogs trailed in the third quarter before coming roaring back.
In 2014, of course, all the talk going in was about Todd Gurley and how long he might be suspended for accepting money for autographing memorabilia. It turned out to be four games, but Georgia fans were less concerned after seeing Nick Chubb rush for 143 yards on 38 carries.
The Bulldogs would like to see Chubb run for 143 yards again today, even if it takes him 38 carries to get it. Actually, Chubb’s 4.0 yards per carry against Nicholls State was the junior tailback’s lowest average since that day here two years ago, when he went for only 3.76. But it’s about moving the sticks and possessing the football, and Georgia will need to do that against Missouri’s quick-pace spread offense.
As for the quarterbacks, we’ll know soon if Jacob Eason or Greyson Lambert is going to be the primary signal-caller for the day. All signs have been pointing toward the freshman from Washington taking over permanently and Lambert serving as sort of a relief pitcher to come in and close things when they get tight. We’ll see and let you know as soon as it’s clear.
As for Missouri, the Tigers are eager to break their two-year TD drought against Georgia. It appears they might be in position to do that, with a 36-point average and 6 TDs in two games from sophomore quarterback Drew Lock.
Be sure to check in later for a Facebook Live update and some other video elements before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.