GEORGIA GAMEDAY

THREE STORYLINES

Next men up. There is no sense in bemoaning it. Georgia is going to be without its top two backs and three of its top four receivers Saturday and beyond. So the Bulldogs are looking to freshmen such as J.J. Green, Brendan Douglas, Reggie Davis and Blake Tibbs to get the job done.

Defensive presence. The Bulldogs haven't had one to date. Early on, the thought was it was simply a bunch of youngsters trying to grow up against high-octane offenses such as Clemson and LSU. But then Tennessee's previously inept squad lit them up last week. Enter Missouri, who may be even more explosive and plays at an even faster pace.

Afternoon atmosphere. The "Cardiac Canines" have drawn a spot on national television once again. But this time they're kicking off at Sanford Stadium at noon. UGA's student body is notoriously late to such early proceedings and not nearly as rambunctious. The Bulldogs may need to jump-start their fans, as opposed to vice-versa.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Georgia LT Kenarious Gates vs. Missouri DE Michael Sam. Sam (6-foot-2, 255 pounds) leads the SEC in sacks and has had six sacks in the Past two games, including three against Vanderbilt. Playing on a gimpy right ankle, Gates (6-5, 327) will try to keep Sam at bay. The Bulldogs have allowed only seven sacks this season and one in the past two games.

TWEET OF THE WEEK

“When you on that stage, you tune out the noise and just perform at your best. People have their opinion whether it’s good or bad but only you can decide the outcome.” — @KenGates72 (Georgia LT Kenarious Gates)