The LSU defense will have their hands full trying to slow down one of the top quarterbacks in the SEC in Aaron Murray. LSU travels to Athens to take on Georgia in a battle of top ten teams. It will be a battle between former roommates, Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray roomed together before Mettenberger was dismissed from Georgia for pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery. Now both quarterbacks are performing at high levels for different SEC powerhouses.
Mettenberger has been a completely different quarterback this year under first year offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. Through four games he has thrown ten touchdown passes, only two short of his total from all of last year. His ten touchdowns trail only Johnny Manziel’s twelve for tops in the SEC. Mettenberger has been sensational, turing the LSU passing game from a weakness to a major threat.
Part of his newfound success needs to be credited to the emergence of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Both receivers made huge improvements during the off-season, becoming reliable targets for Mettenberger. The receiving duo has combined to catch all ten of Mettenberger’s touchdown passes. With an improved passing game, Mettenberger and company have created more opportunities for Jeremy Hill to terrorize opposing defenses.
On the flip side, Murray has been a great quarterback since his freshman year, and is doing much of the same as a senior. He has put up jaw dropping statistics as a bulldog including a Georgia record 11,131 yards through the air. Murray has also thrown for 102 touchdowns throughout his career at Georgia, 30 more than any other quarterback in school history.
This year Murray is showing no signs of slowing down. He has thrown for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in just three games this year. Similarly to Mettenberger, Murray has a lethal running back to help take pressure off the passing game. Todd Gurley has been a defensive nightmare running for over 125 yards a game. With LSU worried about containing Gurley, Murray will have the opportunity to put together a great game.
Both schools come into the game with complete offenses led by their senior quarterbacks. The winner of this contest will be the team that can come up with stops defensively.