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Mizzou's problems start with sluggish running game

COLUMBIA, Mo. — There’s a common thread among the Missouri football team’s three losses: an inefficient run game. Now the Tigers travel to Athens, Ga., coming off back-to-back road losses to face the nation’s No. 4 run defense.

The Georgia defense has yet to allow a rushing touchdown, and through eight games has held opponents to a Southeastern Conference-best 77.6 rushing yards per game. If the Tigers (5-3, 2-2 SEC) have any hope of earning their first road win of the season at No. 6 Georgia (7-1, 4-1), they’ll have to stop their most troubling trend.

“Georgia is one of the best defenses in the country,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said this week.