The Missouri Tigers are 30-point underdogs in Saturday night's road game against Georgia, where they will try to snap a four-game losing streak. (File)

By Spencer Gleason

The Missouri Tigers football team has lost five consecutive games only twice since 2000 – but it will take a major upset on Saturday to keep it from happening again.

The undefeated Georgia Bulldogs are a 30-point favorite over Missouri in Saturday night’s game in Athens, Ga. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. St. Louis time and the game will be televised by the SEC Network.

The last time Missouri was a 30-point underdog was in 2000.

Georgia has outscored its opponents 210-60 and is averaging 35 points a game through the first six games of the season. In their first three conference games the Bulldogs have outscored Mississippi State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt by a combined margin of 117-17.

“They’re a heck of a team,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said. “They’re playing as good as anybody in the country.”

Missouri is 0-3 in the SEC so far this season and has not won a conference game on the road since November 2014 and are currently riding a nine-game road losing streak against conference opponents.

“It’ll be a great environment,” Odom said of competing in front of more than 90,000 fans for Georgia’s homecoming game.

Although the Tigers lost 40-34 last week against the Kentucky Wildcats, they will look to build off of a solid showing in which they tallied more yards (568), passing yards (355) and rushing yards (213) than their opponent.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart is fully aware of the Tigers’ potent offense.

“This is an extremely high-powered offense, extremely explosive,” he said.

But Smart is defensive minded, and the Missouri offense will have to go up against a Georgia team that leads the SEC in total defense and is ranked fifth nationally in stopping the run.

The Bulldogs have allowed an average of 86 rushing yards per game, creating the challenge for running backs Damarea Crockett and Ish Witter, who helped Missouri rush for 213 yards against Kentucky.

“They’re a very good running football team when it comes to execution,” Smart said. “They get people out of the box. They spread you out and then they’ll attack you. If you don’t control the run game then it’s going to be a long night because they’ll just do that. Now, can they throw the ball vertical downfield? Yeah. They throw it good and they have some weapons to do it with.”

Missouri’s passing offense ranks second in the SEC with an average of 294 yards per game. Quarterback Drew Lock is ranked sixth nationally in yards per completion, 15.98, and wide receiver J’Mon Moore averages 26 yards per catch.

“(Lock) has as good an arm as anybody in the league,” Smart said. “He’s got two really outstanding wide outs, not to mention some big tight ends.”

Smart’s defense has been particularly strong when opponents get inside the 20-yard line, ranking second in the conference in red zone defense.

“They’re not giving up very many yards and not giving up many points,” Odom said.

The Bulldogs are ranked first in scoring defense in the SEC, allowing just 10 points per game.

“They’re athletic,” Odom said. “They’re aggressive and playing really, really solid.”

Missouri is 1-5 all-time against Georgia, with their only win coming at Sanford Stadium in 2013. Last year in Columbia Georgia escaped with a 28-27 victory.