5 things to watch LSU vs Georgia

#13 Tigers host #2 Bulldogs

Kristian Garic
October 12, 2018 - 6:45 am

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LSU lost last week for the first time this season.  Now 5 and 1, the Tigers are the underdogs against Georgia despite home field advantage.  Here are a few things No. 13 LSU has to do in order to pull off a major upset against No. 2 Georgia Saturday afternoon in Death Valley.

  1.  Respond! How will the Tigers handle their first setback of the season? Will LSU still maintain their confidence?  Those are all yet to be determined. I think LSU will bounce back and play well.  It’s not often you get the No. 2 team in the country at your place.  The atmosphere is going to be insane in Tiger Stadium.
  2. Joe Burrow has to bounce back at quarterback.  The Tiger signal caller had two costly turnovers against the Gators.  Joe Burrow has ice water in his veins, and the Florida game is ancient history.  In order for LSU to win this game, Burrow is going to have to come up with some big plays in the passing game.
  3. Pull out the stops.  Just like they did against Auburn, I wouldn’t be surprised if LSU reaches in their bag of tricks offensively and on special teams.  The Tigers can’t go punch for punch with the Bulldogs all game long.  So, I think Coach O might push the envelope a little, maybe going for it on fourth down or calling a few trick plays on special teams.
  4. Tiger Fans! You play a role in this game! I want to see the electric environment in Tiger Stadium.  It should be the loudest it has been a while.  Georgia is a really good road team, and rarely gets intimidated away from home. If LSU is able to get three fan impact plays, that will go a long way in getting a win.  A fan impact play is simple, the noise causes mistakes from the other team; such as a false start, lining up wrong or poor decisions.
  5. Stop the run.  LSU’s defense has had issues stopping the run this season, Florida gashed them pretty good last week for over 150 yards on the ground. That can’t happen this week, or Georgia will win this one going away.  Mission number one for the Tigers is stop the run! As crazy as it might sound, the approach should be to make Georgia QB Jake Frohm beat them through the air.  The Tigers match up better in the passing game than in the running game.

LSU is entering a brutal portion of their schedule starting this weekend with Georgia.  In the next three games (all at home) against UGA, Mississippi State, and Alabama the Tigers have to find a way to win one or two of the three. If they manage to win two out of three, the Tigers are in great shape to win ten games this season.  A feat few people thought possible. 

Prediction:  LSU falls at home in a close game 24-20.

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