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Posted October 2, 2022 12:37 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. — After a closer-than-expected win over a MAC opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs return to SEC play today and will hit the road to do so.

No. 1 Georgia (4-0, 1-0 SEC) is set for a 7:30 p.m. ET showdown with Missouri (2-2, 0-1 SEC) in Faurot Field in Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs are coming off a 39-22 victory over Kent State; Missouri, meanwhile, is fresh off a tough 17-14 overtime loss on the road against Auburn.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart had plenty of positive things to say about Missouri in the lead-up to the Saturday matchup.

“A team I have a lot of respect for,” Smart said Monday when discussing Missouri. “Any time you go on the road in the SEC, we talk about it all the time, it's tough to win on the road in the SEC and I have a lot of respect for Eliah [Drinkwitz], the job he's done, what he does offensively and defensively. They do a good job. I've always thought a lot about the job he does offensively and the issues they create defensively, as well. This year, they have big personnel upfront. They play physical.

“They just played a really tough game against Auburn. A tough way to lose a game. But we're looking forward to getting ready for these guys and going on the road in the SEC.”

Georgia is looking for success against Missouri much like it has found since the Tigers joined the SEC. The Bulldogs have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Tigers, including a 43-6 victory in Sanford Stadium last November.

The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s action with multiple players dealing with a wide array of injuries. Here’s the latest on each of those players as the Bulldogs prepare to take on the Tigers.

Note: Please be sure to revisit this story pre-game, as we will update as various Bulldogs warm-up for the game.

Freshman running back Andrew Paul impressed during his first fall camp as a Bulldog, but he wound up tearing his ACL during the team’s second scrimmage of the fall. Paul was scheduled to have surgery earlier this week as he turns his attention to his rehab.

Georgia run-game coordinator Dell McGee spoke about Paul in August and convincing him to come to Georgia.

“He’s a great kid from a great family. Very quiet, hard worker, so he fits all the character of things we’re looking for in our football players. We also needed another running back. We always like to keep five in our roster. Our lineup number is six, but we’ve been kind of shorting that number because of the talent that we’ve had in the room,” McGee said. “He has family from Georgia, so there was a connection there. The running back tradition here speaks for itself. That tradition was developed way before I got here.

“Just getting in there late in the month of December and January allowed me an opportunity of getting to know him and his family and him getting to know me — and just what he wanted in goals and aspirations — it just fit coming to Georgia.”

The Bulldogs had a real scare last Saturday when it appeared running back Kenny McIntosh had taken a shot to his knee in the fourth quarter of Georgia’s victory over Kent State. Luckily, the injury was not as serious as it looked as McIntosh was helped on the sideline.

McIntosh was among his teammates during pregame warm-ups and appears all set to play tonight. How much he plays will be the question.

McIntosh spoke to media members on Monday and described the injury as a quad contusion. McIntosh's availability is crucial for Georgia given he stands third among the team's non-quarterbacks in total yardage this season (97 yards).

"I'm going to be fine. You know, a lot of ice baths ahead of me, that's all. I'll be straight," McIntosh said. "It's been nagging me a little bit, but [the defender] just kind of took a shot on it. That's all it was. Just a little bruise. I'll be straight."

McIntosh has been a weapon as a ball carrier and as a receiver through four games this season. In total, he's taken 25 carries for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns and also caught 21 passes for 227 yards. McIntosh was the team's leading receiver through two weeks this fall.

Smart explained on Monday that McIntosh is expected to be available on Saturday.

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