Early Bird Special: Georgia Travels to Missouri in Battle of Unbeatens

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 5:40 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 19, 2018 5:40 PM UTC

No. 2 in the latest AP poll, the Georgia Bulldogs carry an impressive 6-game SEC road win streak to Missouri as 14 point favorites on the college football odds board.

2018 Record: 2-1 (+0.90 units)

Georgia (3-0, 2-1 ATS) at Missouri (3-0, 2-1 ATS)Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NCAAF Pick: Missouri -14Best Line Offered: Heritage

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Hope you like your Saturday morning Bloody Mary’s spicy, because we’re turning up the heat in this week’s Early Bird Special with a battle of SEC unbeatens as the Georgia Bulldogs travel to the show-me state for a showdown against the Missouri Tigers.

The SEC East rivals each sport unblemished 3-0 records along with 2-1 marks against the spread, and it’s Georgia being asked to beat a 2-TD spread in this one in order to get the cover. Heritage is selling the Bulldogs at -14 – other shops carrying -14½ or -15 lines – along with a 64½-point total for bettors interested in playing the scoreboard.

Mizzou Must Shore Up Pass D That Allowed 572 Yards Through Air Last Week

Looking every bit like the squad that raced to a 13-0 record before falling in the 2017 National championship to Alabama, Georgia has battered its three opponents so far, including a 41-17 trouncing at South Carolina two weeks ago as 8½-point chalk. Sophomore Jake Fromm has completed better than 80% of his passes with only one pick to rank fifth in the country in the QB rating column (206.6), and three backs are sharing the load on the ground with the Bulldogs 14th in the country running for 272 yards per game. No to be outdone by the offense, Kirby Smart’s defenders rank second in points allowed (8.0 ppg) and seventh in total yardage (258.7 ypg).

After rolling past Tennessee-Martin and Wyoming, Missouri found itself in a shootout at Purdue last Saturday when the Tigers needed a game-ending field goal to get past the Boilermakers, 40-37, as 5½-point favorites on the closing NCAA football odds. The Tigers allowed Purdue’s David Blough to pass for a school-record 572 yards after surrendering less than 350 yards through the air in the first two weeks. Missouri’s Drew Lock, who has thrown for 11 scores the first three weeks, is hopeful to have his favorite target, Emanuel Hall (18 catches, 3 TD, for this one, the senior listed as probable after suffering a groin injury at Purdue.

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Rivalry Trends, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

Six of the seven meetings between the Tigers and Bulldogs have come since Mizzou joined the SEC, Georgia winning five of those – four straight – plus the one way back at the 1960 Orange Bowl. All six conference clashes have favored the Bulldogs, the Tigers covering four including the last three. Totals in Columbia have run 2-1 O/U.

Partly cloudy skies and temps in the upper-60s are expected at Faurot Field for the 11 a.m. boot local time. Missouri hung with Georgia for the first 20 minutes last season in Athens before Georgia turned it on for a 53-28 final as 4-TD chalk. Having the home crowd behind them will help the Tigers, but not enough to extend their string of covers in the series with my free college football pick on the Dawgs.

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