Mizzou Tigers Face Crucial Test Between The Hedges


November 17, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; A general view of the field looking over the hedges prior to the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Sanford Stadium is one of the more iconic college football venues in the country. It’s been nicknamed “Between The Hedges” because of the hedges that surround the field. The home field advantage that the Bulldogs enjoy is quite evident. In the past 5 years, the Georgia Bulldogs have a 28-6 record Between the Hedges. The Missouri Tigers will try to make that record 28-7 this Saturday to get their first win over a ranked SEC opponent in the SEC.

News and Notes:

– The Missouri Tigers are trying to go 6-0 for the first time since 2010. It’s no coincidence that 2010 was the last time Mizzou beat a top 10 opponent (Missouri beat #1 Oklahoma 36-27) so the Tigers have not done well historically in these games.

– While the Bulldogs have Keith Marshall out for the season and Todd Gurley doubtful for the game on Saturday doesn’t the Bulldogs won’t have any good running backs. Freshman JJ Green and Sophomore Fullback Quayvon Hicks have broken off big runs in the young season. Mizzou will have to focus on Aaron Murray but they shouldn’t forget about Green or Hicks or they will burn you.

– Biggest surprise so far for Mizzou has to be James Franklin. Yes, he has been the starting quarterback for the Tigers since 2011 but he has stepped his game up for his senior season. He is taking care of the football and making defenses respect that he can throw the football as well as run the football.

– This is a huge 4 week stretch for the Missouri Tigers. The Tigers are 5-0 and that should be commended but the road gets tougher. After playing Georgia, the Tigers come home to play the Florida Gators, the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Tennessee Volunteers. The Tigers could be undefeated or 5-4 after this 4 week stretch of games. These 4 games will determine the 2013 season and affect the outlook of the 2014 season.

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