Nick Chubbs

Georgia’s complete game proves why they are beast of SEC East

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No. 13 Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) is going to play for the SEC Championship. Most likely. The Bulldogs put together what may be the most impressive performance of the season we have seen from Georgia, a 34-0 drubbing of No. 23 Missouri (4-2, 1-1 SEC) on the road. They did so without their best player, running back Todd Gurley, and made it look incredibly easy.

On Saturday Georgia proved there is much more to this team than Gurley, who is now indefinitely suspended while under NCAA investigation. Hutson Mason was not Aaron Murray, but he was incredibly efficient with his passing and avoided forcing plays and risking a bad play. Without Gurley, Nick Chubbs stepped in and carried the football 37 times for 143 rushing yards and a touchdown. Brendan Douglas chipped in as well as Georgia dug deep on the roster to make do. Douglas rushed for 36 yards and had  a flip into the end zone. Mason had a touchdown run as well.

Georgia’s defense was awesome too. There is no other way to say it. Missouri had five turnovers in the game, including four interceptions thrown by Maty Mauk (who was also 9-of-20 for 97 yards). Missouri was held to 147 yards of offense and went 0-for-7 on third-down conversion attempts.

Georgia and Missouri have now played three times, starting when Missouri joined the SEC. So far, the road team has won each time.

Georgia’s next few games are not exactly automatic wins, but if Georgia plays the way they did Saturday afternoon in Columbia then it should be safe to assume they will be in a good position heading into a mid-November SEC finale against Auburn. Georgia travels to Arkansas next week, and that is followed by a pair of home games against Florida and Kentucky. So there is still work to be done before Georgia fans start making plans for a trip to Atlanta, but it looks as though Georgia has the best all-around team in the division at this point in the season.

Missouri will hit the road next week with a trip to Florida. Florida should have quarterback Treon Harris available to play by then. Harris was reinstated by the team on Friday but is not expected to play against LSU open Saturday. Treon Harris available to play by then. Harris was reinstated by the team on Friday but is not expected to play against LSU open Saturday. Missouri is certainly not out of the mix just yet in the SEC East. One slip by Georgia could sway the pendulum back in Missouri’s favor.

Georgia in full control of Missouri without Gurley

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Playing without their top offensive player, and perhaps the best player in the country, Georgia looks just fine this afternoon in Columbia, Missouri. The Bulldogs own a 20-0 lead on the defending SEC East champions at the half. Not having Todd Gurley has been noticeable, but the Georgia offense has not letup. Neither has the defense.

Georgia’s offense has been lacking in the explosive plays department, but a confident and poised approach has led to Georgia methodically moving down field with their offensive possessions. Quarterback Hutson Mason has picked apart the Missouri defense by completing 17 of 20 pass attempts for 123 yards and a touchdown. Mason also rushed for a touchdown. Taking over the bulk of the carries with Gurley suspended, Nick Chubbs has carried the football 18 times for 55 yards. The offense has been productive, but the Georgia defense has slammed the door shut on Missouri.

Maty Mauk threw a poor interception in the first quarter. Ona  bubble screen, Mauk was off the mark to running back Marcus Murphy and Georgia’s Damian Swann got his hands on the ball to take over at the Missouri 25-yard line. The Tigers bailed out Mauk by holding Georgia to a field goal. It was a poor start for Mauk, who was intercepted twice on his first four pass attempts of the game, and the other two attempts fell incomplete. Missouri has turned the football over three times.