ATHENS - Georgia head coach Mark Richt refuses to divulge whether two defensive starters are suspended, stating there is a competitive advantage to the opponent not knowing.
So is Missouri hurt in its preparation, not knowing whether Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree will play?
That's not entirely clear, based on what Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said when asked about the suspensions on Monday.
"You prepare for the scheme. Obviously I don't know if they are going to be back or not," Pinkel said, according to the Columbia (Mo.) Tribune. "We can't worry about that. We have enough things to be concerned about that we have control over. If they play, they play. I don't know what else to tell you."
Richt was asked Tuesday whether he felt the uncertainty on the suspensions gave his team an advantage over Missouri.
"Oh I don't know. I'd just assume not give them all of our business," Richt said. "But if there is any uncertainty at all, just like any kind of personnel on either side of the ball, if we're not sure about if this guy is playing or is that guy playing, it's just one more thing on gameday that you have to make certain your players understand who is in the game. So it could be helpful."
Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost was also asked about Georgia's suspensions and how it affected his preparation. He ended up jut talking about what how Georgia and Missouri handled the opener, and didn't really address the Rambo-Ogletree issue.
"We didn't run our whole offense in the first game because we wanted to put ourselves in a good position," Yost said. "Also, what we were seeing defensively was a little odd so we tried keeping it real simple for our kids. I'm sure they were the same way playing Buffalo in the first game. They didn't bring out all the stops. I'm sure we'll see some other looks and some other packages from them in that way.
"We have to plan for everything we saw on video from them from last year and anything we've ever had issues with. If there was something Southeastern Louisiana did that got to us or if there's anything on video from last year that worked against us, we always work on those things and put a plan in for it. That's a constant deal. And it comes down to can we execute against what we want to do versus what they want to do."
UPDATE: Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham weighed in after Tuesday's practice on why the suspensions should be kept secret.
"Here's what I think: I don't know why you'd tell anybody, because it's not a league rule," Grantham said. "Unless everybody is gonna disclose all their information, why would you talk about your team in that regard? Because you know, to me, you don't talk about things like that, unless ...
"Like when I come from the NFL it was a league rule. So everybody talked about it. Everybody did the same thing, so I'm cool with that. But if everybody's not gonna talk about it and not be on the same page, then I don't think you say anything."
Does that also include injuries?
"Injuries or anything. Until it's a league rule, and you have to say something, until everybody plays on the same page, you do as least as you can," he said. "So until they have in the SEC or the NCAA, why say anything? Because everybody's not playing from the same deck."