The first half of Saturday's game against Missouri did not go well for Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett or the rest of his team. Oct 1, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) is sacked by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Trajan Jeffcoat (18) during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

While Georgia was coming off of a less than overwhelming win against Kent State, there wasn’t much doubt that the Bulldogs were the best college football team in the country heading into Saturday’s game against Missouri. After two quarters, that has changed.

Georgia didn’t simply struggle against the unranked Tigers, who entered Saturday at 2-2. The Bulldogs were vastly outplayed. Missouri opened up a 13-0 win and while Georgia did finish the first half on a positive note with a field goal as time expired, the Tigers still led the Bulldogs 16-6 at halftime.

This is not something that Georgia has experienced much of — particularly in the Kirby Smart era.

The surprising first half left the Bulldogs visibly frustrated.

Others in the college football world reacted to the shocking first half.

What’s interesting is that as bad as things have been for Georgia, they could be worse. After the Bulldogs finally got on the board, Missouri’s Cody Schrader nearly scored on a 63-yard run, getting tripped up just before he could cross the goal line.

The Tigers then tried to play fast and in the process, committed a false start. From there, the Missouri offense stalled and Harrison Mevis was called upon to kick his third field goal of the first half.

Between that and the late field goal of their own, the Bulldogs did manage to take some momentum into the locker room at halftime. But they’re still in a lot of trouble. And perhaps worse than that, other, better SEC teams are no doubt watching this game and seeing Missouri exploit Georgia’s weaknesses and wondering if they can do the same.

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