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Monday December 11th, 2017 11:39PM

No. 4 Georgia to face Missouri, looking for 7-0 start

By The Associated Press

Missouri (1-4, 0-3 SEC) at No. 4 Georgia (6-0, 3-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network).

Line: Georgia by 29 ½.

Series record: Georgia leads 5-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Georgia is looking to protect its undefeated record, its track toward a possible spot in the College Football Playoff and its lead in the SEC East. Missouri is looking for its first SEC win after showing improvement in its running game in last week's 40-34 loss at Kentucky.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia's secondary against Mizzou QB Drew Lock and WRs J'Mon Moore, Johnathon Johnson and Emanuel Hall. The Tigers showed more balance in their offense with a strong running game last week, but the biggest plays come through the air. Moore (20.9) and Hall (25.89) have gaudy per-catch averages. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in pass defense in conference games, allowing 118.3 yards per game through the air.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Missouri: QB Lock. The SEC leader with his average of 272 yards passing, Lock ranks sixth in the nation with 15.98 yards per completion. He has 13 TD passes and six interceptions.

Georgia: TB Nick Chubb. The senior is one of only eight players in SEC history with 4,000 yards rushing. He leads the SEC with 618 yards rushing this season despite sharing carries with Sony Michel, D'Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and others.

FACTS & FIGURES

The last two meetings have been decided by a combined four points. Georgia won 9-6 in Athens in 2015 and a 28-27 in Columbia last season. ... Missouri's only win over Georgia was a 41-26 decision in Athens in 2013. ... Mizzou is trying to snap a four-game losing streak. ... The Tigers are tied with Rice for 127th in the nation with their minus-2 average turnover margin. ... Mizzou ran for a season-high 213 yards against a Kentucky defense that began the day ranked third in the nation against the run. ... Georgia out-rushed Tennessee and Vanderbilt 717-126 the last two weeks. ... The Bulldogs have played 17 true freshmen, tied for the fourth-highest total in the nation. Georgia starts two true freshmen on offense — quarterback Jake Fromm and right tackle Andrew Thomas. ... Georgia's last 7-0 start came in 2005, also the Bulldogs' last SEC championship season.

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