Missouri's 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia validates the Tigers' perfect first half. The win, its sixth, exceeds Missouri's win total from the entire 2012 season – a year defined by a slew of injuries on the offensive side of the ball.
The victory also vaults Missouri to the top spot in the Southeastern Conference East Division at the midway point; in turn, this throws the Tigers' name into the national championship conversation. With Florida losing at LSU, there are only two teams without a loss in SEC play: No. 1 Alabama and Missouri.
But the win came with a cost. Senior quarterback James Franklin suffered a shoulder injury and will miss an indefinite period of time, forcing Missouri to turn to backup Maty Mauk for at least the next two games against East Division rivals South Carolina and Florida. Can Missouri maintain this pace? Two more key divisional games stand ahead, but Saturday's win against the Bulldogs makes Missouri one of the day's big winners.
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