Five storylines: Missouri Tigers 

September, 6, 2012
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1. Will the spread offense hold up against an SEC defense? Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Saturday’s game is the clash of cultures between Missouri’s James Franklin-led offense and Georgia’s prototypical smashmouth defense. Missouri got off to a fast start with a 62-point, 452-yard outburst last week against Southeastern Louisiana, while Georgia’s defense did not have its best day in the opener against Buffalo, allowing 23 points and 347 yards.

2. Can Missouri make something happen in the return game? Marcus Murphy returned two punts for touchdowns last week and Georgia was atrocious at defending kick returns a season ago. The Bulldogs focused heavily on improving in that area during the offseason and did a decent job last week against Buffalo.

3. How will an enthusiastic crowd affect the game? Some Missouri fans say this is the biggest home game in school history and believe the crowd will bring never-before-seen energy to a game in Columbia. Georgia has played in plenty of bigger SEC stadiums during key games, but Tigers fans hope the electricity on an historic evening will help charge up their team on the field.

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