Friday, September 7, 2012

UGA - Missouri: Recruiting Comparison

The Bulldogs open their SEC season once again in Columbia.  However, the trip will take them through the air instead of down Interstate 20.  The Tigers of Missouri will play their first SEC game against the defending East division champs.

While a home crowd will certainly help, Gary Pinkel's team is lacking in recruited talent when compared to Mark Richt's efforts.

Over the last four years, UGA's average recruiting ranking is 9th (7th best nationally) while Mizzou's average rank is 35th (good for 32nd nationally) according to Rivals.

Mark Richt has pulled in a top 15 class each of the last four offseasons.  Gary Pinkel's best class was in 2010 rated 21st nationally.

Georgia opened as a 3.5 point favorite, but that line has narrowed to just 2 points.  However, the Bulldogs have recruited significantly more talent to their roster.

School 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 4 yr avg
Georgia 7 6 15 5 12 9.4
Missouri 25 40 21 48 31 34.6

Home field advantage and the emotion of playing your first SEC game will help , but Gary Pinkel and his Mizzou team will have to play one of their best games in recent memory to pull of this upset.


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