ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia will face its third and final regular-season, top-10 opponent this Saturday in Athens. The Bulldogs are a three-point home favorite this week, against the No. 6 LSU Tigers.
Saturday’s showdown could be yet another foreshadowing of the SEC Championship. The last time these two teams met was in the Georgia Dome at the 2011 SEC Championship where the Tigers dominated in a 42-10 over the Bulldogs. Georgia is seeking revenge and ready to prove it can handle top-ranked teams.
After having an opportunity to recognize and correct their issues against North Texas last week, Georgia is looking to control its destiny towards its national championship dreams.
Here are a few things to keep a lookout for:
- Todd Gurley and Jeremy Hill: The two sophomore running backs boast a combined 242.7 yards per game. Georgia’s Todd Gurley ranks first in the SEC and 11th nationally with 125.7 yards rushing per game and six yards per carry. LSU’s Jeremy Hill ranks third in the SEC and 18th nationally with 117 rushing yards per game and 8.3 yards a carry. They have 11 touchdowns between the two of them this season. On the field Saturday you might just see two of the best ball carriers in the nation.
- Georgia’s defense: Georgia’s defense is improving, and it showed against North Texas. The Bulldogs only allowed 245 yards of offense and seven yards on the ground. However, LSU’s offense will bring the heat. The Tigers are averaging 43.3 points a game and 480 yards of offense per game. Eyes will be on Georgia’s secondary to finally make plays.
- Georgia’s special teams: The special teams units allowed 14 of North Texas’ 21 points, including a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. If Georgia wants to come out successful, there has to be an improvement here this week.
- The crowd: Sanford Stadium’s 92,746 Dawg fans were able to have an effect on South Carolina three weeks ago. The same is expected this week, especially considering former Georgia quarterback and current LSU passer, Zach Mettenberger is coming home in a different uniform. Although, LSU is used to crowd noise, Georgia’s young defense will be amped by the crowd.