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The October Gauntlet Volume 1: What will it take to top the beasts of the East?

The Tigers come into October with a relatively clean bill of health, and momentum from five straight wins, none bigger than last week's 51-28 drubbing of Vanderbilt, a team considered to be a dark horse SEC contender in August. Missouri hasn't looked this good all-around in a long time, and fans are anxious to see what the next three weeks will bring. Mizzou's road trip continues in Athens this Saturday in their first Top 25 matchup of 2013 against Georgia, who just a season ago nearly toppled Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Although hobbled by injuries, the Bulldogs still provide the toughest test for the Tigers so far. The road doesn't get any easier afterward, Missouri returns to Faurot Field and hosts both #17 Florida and #14 South Carolina, both crucial games that could decide the division winner this year. Anything is possible in the world of College Football, Missouri could shock the world three times in a month, or scrape through the month underperforming on the big stage of SEC football. Each team presents different threats and challenges, but they can be defeated.

-#7 GEORGIA BULLDOGS (4-1, 3-0 SEC)

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One of the best teams in college football this year, Georgia displays how good it can be week in and week out. Led by Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs are sitting in the Top 10 with exciting wins over South Carolina, LSU, and Tennessee, where Murray passed for 11 Touchdowns and just one interception. Success has not only come from the Quarterback position, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have shared the workload at Running Back as well, accounting for almost 700 yards and 5 TDs. After their win over Tennessee on Saturday, UGA had a lengthening list of injuries, which included season ending injuries to five different players. Gurley, who didn't play against the Vols due to an ankle injury sustained against LSU, has been downgraded to "Doubtful" for Saturday's game. Georgia's backups are very capable of providing the same spark to both the offense and defense that the starters did, but the 'Dawgs will definitely miss those key players on Saturday. The Tigers key to win in Sanford this weekend will come down to how well James Franklin plays. Will we see the Franklin who got the offense to a lightning fast start against Vanderbilt, or the Franklin who struggled against Florida in the Swamp? Healthy this year, Franklin has thrown for over 1,400 yards so far, rushed for 250 yards, and has 15 total touchdowns this season. Similar to the stat line of another mobile quarterback Georgia has faced this year, Tajh Boyd. Boyd was only sacked once in Clemson's 38-35 win in Week 1, and totaled 5 TDs in the Tigers victory over the Bulldogs. Defensive play will have to be at their best to keep the game in reach, especially on the front line with Michael Sam and Kony Ealy. The Tiger D will also look to extend their streak of forcing a turnover to 36 straight games, and continue this season's "pick party" with 11 interceptions so far. If Franklin and the Tigers can set the pace early against Georgia, and the Defense keeps Murray at bay, the Tigers could finish their road trip at 6-0 before coming home to Columbia.

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