No. 2 LSU finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0 and now has a date with No. 4 Georgia in the SEC title game. The Tigers’ high flying offense will be put to the test against a stingy Bulldog defense. What's more fascinating is the recent strong play of the LSU defense in the last two weeks. The Tigers gave up 4.8 yards a play against Arkansas two weeks ago and 2.4 yards per play last week in a win over Texas A&M. Georgia comes into the matchup shorthanded on offense. Running back D'Andre Swift is dealing with a shoulder injury, and WR George Pickens will have to sit out the first half of the game, after getting into a fight last week against Georgia Tech.
Georgia wants to keep the game low scoring late into the game. The Bulldogs have allowed more than 20 points only one time all season, in a 20-17 loss in overtime to South Carolina. Also, QB Jake Fromm is struggling to complete passes. On the flip side, Auburn was one team that had success slowing down the potent LSU offense, holding the Tigers to 24 points. Georgia will follow a similar game plan. The Bulldogs don't have the front four of Auburn, but features a much deeper secondary that can match up with LSU's skill players. The Tigers average 48 points per game. So what gives tomorrow in the SEC title game?
I would expect the Tigers to score some points, but it won't be at the rate they scored during the regular season. Georgia's defense is that good. The question becomes, can Jake Fromm and Georgia's offense keep pace with the Tigers? The short answer to that is simply no…they can't. This game will ultimately boil down to turnovers and big plays on offense. Whoever creates the big play on offense and controls the football will win.
Prediction: The Tigers are favored by 7 points, but who cares unless you have coin on the game. LSU will score points that's a given. Will the LSU defense continue their recent strong play? That’s a big question. Georgia will look to play coverage against Joe Burrow and the Tigers offense. Blitzing Burrow has proved fatal for other teams. Georgia wants to shrink the passing windows for Burrow by playing 7 to 8 guys in coverage. The Tigers get it done in a close one 28-20 over Georgia.