Even though the game was moved up from 7:15pm Eastern to 12:00pm Eastern due to the ramifications of Hurricane Florence, Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart applauded the effort from all parties.
“You always concern yourself with distractions, but I certainly did not think from the point they made the decision, it didn’t affect us,” Smart said Saturday. “Our kids are prepared to do anything. We would have gone to a movie, we did not go. We would have had a walk-through on Saturday, we did not have a walk-through on Saturday. We had it on Friday. It moved some things up for us.
Our kids understand it. And I will be honest with you, our kids kind of embrace playing in the heat. They think it is an advantage for them and they like doing it.”
As the ‘Dawgs look forward to facing off against the Missouri Tigers, the first order of business is containing the SEC’s best NFL Quarterback prospect, Drew Lock. Lock has thrown for more than 3,300 yards in the last two seasons. Last year, Lock completed 57.8% of his passes, threw for 3,964 yards, had 44 touchdown passes to only 13 interceptions. Those statistics plus the arm talent Lock possesses drew two legendary comparisons from Smart.
“I hate comparing guys like that,” Smart said Tuesday. “There’s arm strength [that’s] Stafford-like, Cutler,” Smart said. “Those were guys I had to coach against who had elite arm talent. He’s a good athlete as well, one of the better quarterbacks we’ll face. He’s in a league of his own.”
Also, the Tigers have been committed to running the ball, much more than usual. Mizzou currently averages 4.3 yards per carry.
“They’ve been more committed to [the run game], they’re using more traditional run plays and they still have a lot of the same run plays that all of America is running now,” Smart said. “They have similar run plays to what we have. They run power, they run counter, they run a lot of plays that you’ve got to be physical to run and they’re creating that brand of football.
“To have the commitment and play in the SEC you’ve got to be able to run the ball, and the last three games, their commitment to that has allowed them to get one on one matchups outside.”
The Georgia Bulldogs travel to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers. Kickoff is 12pm.