On Saturday, the Mizzou Tigers will be hosting the Georgia Bulldogs in a significant early season SEC East division game.

Georgia enters the contest unscathed (2-0), but the Bulldogs certainly have some cause for concern. Kirby Smart’s team trudged through a narrow 26-24 victory last weekend against Nichols State. Georgia struggled somewhat to run the football, and true freshman signal-caller Jacob Eason came back down to Earth after a strong performance in the opener against UNC.

Mizzou sits at 1-1, after its 61-21 blasting of Eastern Michigan. Yes, Barry Odom’s team feasted on a tasty cupcake, but the offense looked much better than it’s been in recent years.

Rising sophomore signal-caller Drew Lock threw for 5 touchdowns and 450 yards. On the year, he’s yet to throw an interception. Mizzou also has a deep core of receivers — led by Alabama transfer Chris Black, J’Mon Moore, Ray Wingo, and Johnathon Johnson.

Defensively, the Tigers have the most talented unit Georgia will have faced to date. Mizzou possesses a ferocious defensive line led by all-everything defensive end Charles Harris. It’s also the first true road game for a freshman quarterback to navigate against.

This is a big-time game for both Odom and Smart. It’s the initial conference game for the first-year coaches, and each will want their respective programs to come away with a win.