Georgia Bulldogs Football: Win vs. Missouri Sets Stage for an SEC East Title Run

Lance KnudsonContributor IIISeptember 9, 2012

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Prior to Georgia facing Missouri at home, there were several people doubting that UGA could march into a hostile environment and come out with a victory. 

Not only were Missouri fans doubting Georgia, but UGA fans themselves were questioning this team's ability to pull off the victory. After last week's shaky 45-23 win against Buffalo, Georgia's defense was called into question, and Aaron Murray did not look like a Heisman contender.

Missouri was not a ranked team and they just made the switch to the SEC, but they are not a squad to take lightly. This was evident, as a seventh-ranked UGA (in both polls) was only favored by three points over Missouri. 

If no one had heard of James Franklin prior to this week, they sure have now. 

There were plenty of predictions of how Georgia would have so much trouble stopping the running quarterback and how good Franklin is at passing and running. 

UGA, with four key defenders missing, slowly started to look like the "underdawgs" in this one.

It could be safe to say that in prior years, UGA may have let this one slip and gone home with a loss.  This year, there seems to be a different attitude, on and off the field. This is a team with an attitude of resiliency and a desire to win no matter what.

There are many aspects of the game which the Dawgs need to work on, and that cannot be overlooked.

Aaron Murray needs to become more comfortable early in the game. The offensive line must get better. The receivers need to make the catches. The turnovers must be reduced. The PATs need to become more consistent.

The four suspended defenders are going to be welcomed back with open arms. 

With all of these aspects Georgia needs to work on, UGA beat a good Missouri team on the road, 41-20, and are 1-0 in the SEC East. In years past, James Franklin would have made the UGA defense look silly and the offense would've stalled the entire game. 

Not this time, UGA fans.

This year, UGA is going to continue to give the fans a reason for optimism and keep that resilient attitude all the way to the Dome.