The No. 25 Missouri Tigers defeated the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs 41-26 in one of the biggest upsets of the season. They had control of this game from the very beginning and finished it strongly by answering every time that Georgia threatened to make a comeback. Missouri is now 6-0 and on top of the SEC East, but what can the Tigers achieve moving forward?
Unfortunately for Missouri, the win over Georgia came with a price. Quarterback James Franklin, who has looked spectacular so far this year, is out for the season with a separated right shoulder. Their backup quarterbacks played well, but they’re still not a replacement for Franklin and his production.
However, the Tigers didn’t win this game through offense, but defense. Their defense was all over the field and they put excellent pressure on the quarterback. They’ve come up with 12 sacks in the last two weeks. They picked off Aaron Murray, the best passing quarterback in the nation, twice, and recovered two fumbles — one of which went back for a touchdown.
If the Tigers’ defense can continue to play like this, they are going to have a chance to make it to the SEC Championship game.
Missouri’s schedule is about to get a lot harder. Their next opponents are the struggling, but extremely talented Florida Gators. After that, they have the South Carolina Gamecocks in a game that will probably decide who the winner of the SEC East will be. The Tigers control their own destiny in the SEC East; expect them to continue to be successful for as long as their defense can continue to dominate the line of scrimmage.