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FACTS AND FIGURES
It’s the first time Florida State plays a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in football. Florida A&M, located just a few blocks from the Florida State campus, is a MEAC member and the Rattlers defeated Savannah State 47-7 last season … Oklahoma State scored six touchdowns before Savannah State managed its second first down last week … Florida State has outscored its three previous FCS opponents during the Fisher era by a combined 190-19 margin … the Seminoles most lopsided win came in 1949 in a 74-0 romp over Whiting Field … K Dustin Hopkins needs 53 points to become the all-time scoring leader at Florida State and the Atlantic Coast Conference.
No. 7 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Missouri (1-0, 0-0), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN2)
Line: Georgia by 2 1/2
Series Record: Georgia leads 1-0, won 14-0 in 1960 Orange Bowl
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Missouri totaled 48 wins its last five seasons in the Big 12 yet there’s a perception it must prove itself worthy all over again in SEC. This is the first step, and an overflow crowd is expected to witness a game coach Gary Pinkel said “will go down in history.” Georgia seeks to build momentum after dropping one notch in poll following an unimpressive 45-23 opening victory over Buffalo, picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the MAC. Getting back some or all of the players who missed the opener because of disciplinary suspensions or injury would help.
Missouri QB James Franklin vs. Georgia defense. Franklin is dangerous with his legs as much as arm after rushing for 15 TDs last year. He’ll put pressure on a defense that will be without CB Sanders Commings and LB Chase Vasser, expected to serve out two-game suspensions for offseason arrests. No word yet whether two others suspended for the opener, S Bacarri Rambo and ILB Alec Ogletree, will be back this week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: Freshman TB Todd Gurley was SEC co-freshman player of week after rushing for 100 yards in eight attempts and two TDs and returning kickoff 100 yards for TD. QB Aaron Murray is the active SEC career leader in total offense, completions, TD passes and yards passing.
Missouri: Marcus Murphy was SEC special teams player of week after setting school record with punt returns for TD of 70 and 72 yards in opener. Murphy is backup TB behind Kendial Lawrence, who had career bests with 76-yard TD and 121 yards rushing overall. LB Zaviar Gooden had 20-yard INT for TD in opener and has an interception in last three games.
FACTS & FIGURES
NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton was Georgia QB in only meeting between schools. … Georgia has lost its last two SEC openers, both times against ranked South Carolina teams. The last time Georgia faced a school other than South Carolina in the SEC opener was in 1991. … Georgia had seven NFL draft picks last season, tying Oklahoma for second-most in nation. … Missouri plays its first four games at home, where it’s 2-1 the last two seasons vs. ranked opponents including a win over No. 3 Texas in 2010. … Missouri has won five in a row. … Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is 9-2 against SEC members, including 5-1 against fellow ex-Big 12 member Texas A&M. … Tigers scored five TDs on offense, two on defense and two on special teams in opener.
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