The LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs arrive at a game that both teams need in order to remain football betting favorites in their respective divisions in the Southeastern Conference. LSU needs this game in order to maintain leverage in the SEC West while Georgia needs this one in order to stay on top as the unquestioned leader of the SEC East. LSU needs this game more for its division, but Georgia needs this game more in terms of polishing its reputation. Which team will prevail in Athens…“Between The Hedges”?
LSU Tigers @ Georgia Bulldogs
Saturday, September 28th – 3:30 PM ET
Sanford Stadium – Athens, GA
NCAA Football Odds: Georgia -3
Why The Tigers Can Cover The Spread:
Their defense might be able to stand out in this contest. The Tigers didn’t quite shut down TCU in the season opener back on Aug. 31, but it has to be said that LSU’s defense still did a very good job against the Horned Frogs. A few mistakes on offense and special teams led to a number of TCU’s points. LSU’s defense was not impressive at times, but it played reasonably well on that night. LSU’s defense was similarly solid – just not spectacular – this past Saturday against Auburn. LSU’s speed and physicality were evident for most of the evening. The Tigers did get bored at times, but they were never in any real danger of losing. LSU’s defense knows it is facing a supreme challenge in the form of quarterback Aaron Murray and the rest of the Georgia offense. Expect LSU’s defense to meet that challenge and substantially improve its level of performance. If the Tigers can merely hold Georgia under 24 points, they stand a very good chance of winning this game, simply because the Bulldogs’ defense has not been very resilient this season. Georgia gave up 38 points to Clemson and allowed 30 to South Carolina on a night when the Gamecocks fumbled inside the Georgia 35 and got stopped on fourth and goal at the Georgia 1-yard line. LSU has a very reasonable chance of scoring around 30 in this game, so if LSU holds Georgia to 24, head coach Les Miles would have to like his team’s chances.
Why The Bulldogs Can Cover The Spread:
They’re playing at home a few weeks after winning a very big conference home game. The Bulldogs’ week-two clash against South Carolina was a must-have, but Georgia withstood the pressure of that afternoon and defeated the Gamecocks, a foremost rival in the SEC East. Georgia’s ability to pull through in that situation revealed the mental toughness on this team. Head coach Mark Richt saw his players execute in difficult situations while responding to several strong drives mounted by South Carolina’s offense. Georgia’s offense always had an answer for South Carolina that day, and that could form the basis for how this game will flow as well. Georgia’s defense won’t shut down LSU’s offense in this game, but if the Bulldogs and Murray perform at their best, Georgia can hang 42 points on LSU’s defense. That will be enough to win this game… at least, it should be.
Georgia’s offense should be able to do what it needs to do to win this game. Aaron Murray is so comfortable in this offense and his running backs are good enough to help him out, making the Bulldogs’ offense sufficiently balanced and diverse. Take the Bulldogs to win and cover the football spread.
Pick: Georgia -3