LSU travels to Athens, Georgia this Saturday in a battle between top ten teams with National Championship dreams on the line. Georgia is already coming to the end of the heart of their schedule, but a loss to LSU would knock them out of championship contention. LSU comes in undefeated but still has to face Texas A&M and Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Vegas has Georgia favored by three points but did they get it right?
Both teams come in with major question marks on defense. The Bulldogs and Tigers have plenty of talent defensively but have yet to display results. Georgia has faced stiff competition and the defense has failed to respond. They rank 85th in the nation in points allowed with nearly 30 points allowed a game.
LSU has faced far inferior competitors, but have failed to display dominance against weaker teams. They allowed 437 yards to an Auburn team that failed to win a conference game last season. We will see how they perform against their first major opponent.
LSU and Georgia feature two of the most complete offenses in all of college football. Georgia has an elite fourth year starter in Aaron Murray, and a Heisman candidate running back in Todd Gurley. Murray has been having another great year, he has already thrown for over 1,000 yards through just three games. Todd Gurley has been electrifying this season with 377 yards in three games including several dazzling highlights.
LSU’s offense is led by a man who never touches the ball. The difference in the offense has been night and day since Cam Cameron took over as the offensive coordinator this season. Mettenberger has made huge improvements from a year ago, utilizing star wide receivers, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. After sitting out the season opener and receiving limited snaps in week two, Jeremy Hill has been unstoppable. His season has been highlighted by his week four performance against Auburn that earned him SEC Player of the Week honors.
Both schools have great football teams this year, but at the end of the day only one team will be victorious. The LSU tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs may very well be the game of the year when it’s all said and done. LSU is going to establish a solid running game primarily using Jeremy Hill to control the tempo of the game and open up the field for Mettenberger to find Landry and Beckham. My bold prediction is the game will be an exciting contest throughout, but at the end the LSU Tigers will pull away and win by ten points.