SEC Championship: LSU Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs

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Not many anticipated the LSU Tigers to win the SEC West. Even fewer expected them to do it via offense. LSU’s surprised many of us not just by beating Alabama and winning the division, but by the way they’ve played. Led by a transfer quarterback, the Tigers have the most explosive offense in school history. They’re looking to add a conference championship against a team that can’t keep up with their scoring pace. If Georgia finds a way to slow this game down, things get interesting. It just seems like this LSU team’s destiny is the playoff.

Date: Saturday, December 7th
Start time: 3:00pm CT
How to watch: CBS
Line: LSU -7
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, GA)


Impact Players

LSU Tigers

QB Joe Burrow
WR Ja’Marr Chase
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
LB Jacob Phillips
S Grant Delpit

Georgia Bulldogs

RB D’Andre Swift
QB Jake Fromm
S J.R. Reed
S Richard Lecounte III
LB Tae Crowder

LSU Tigers Outlook

One more test. That’s all the Tigers need to pass in order to guarantee a spot in the playoff. The Tigers surprised many by moving their way up to the top of the SEC behind their offense. Yes, the offense led the LSU Tigers to an undefeated season. That’s something you don’t read every day. Their quarterback elevated the offense to a new level, and they’re three wins away from a national championship.

Joe Burrow finds himself in the Heisman conversation after a monster year which produced two 1,000 yard receivers and a 1,000 yard rusher. Burrow’s development as a passer remains the biggest key to LSU’s success. The Tigers scored 40 or more points in every game except one this year, and scored 50+ in half of their games. It didn’t take long to get used to watching, but it’s definitely a new look for this program. Georgia has their hands full this weekend.

Georgia Bulldogs Outlook

Georgia’s been on a wild ride this season, but still managed to win the SEC East. Even with Florida supposedly right behind them, the Bulldogs reclaimed the division title. It hasn’t been easy, and fans lost a few years off their lives with the number of close games their team won this year. Five or Georgia’s games were decided by one score, which makes many worried given the team they play this weekend. Their defense isn’t the problem, though.

Jake Fromm worked in a number of new receivers this year, and D’Andre Swift hasn’t found a ton of room to run so far. Outside of last week’s blowout win against Georgia Tech, the Bulldogs haven’t score more than 30 points since October 5th. Relying upon the defense to keep them in games won’t help them much this weekend, so the offense must step up. Fromm needs a new threat to step up with George Pickens suspended the first half, but it might be too late by the time he comes back.

Prediction

Georgia plays elite defense, but can’t seem to score. LSU lights up scoreboards with a balance attack, and we’ve only seen one team slow them down (Auburn). Georgia’s loss to South Carolina remains a head scratcher, furthering concern that they’re not ready for LSU. The Tigers simply have too many weapons for Georgia to stop, and we’ve yet to see the Bulldogs keep up with an offense like LSU’s. LSU 38 GEORGIA 24

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