Georgia vs. LSU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, October 13
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Georgia (6-0) vs. LSU (5-1) Game Preview
One Reason Why Georgia Will Win
It’s time to start putting Jake Fromm in the Heisman conversation.
He’s not getting any hype in a conference with Tua Tagovailoa, and with Justin Fields – who might just be the stronger overall quarterback prospect – waiting in the wings.
The LSU defense has been amazing so far, and the secondary is loaded with NFL talents, but it gives up yards. Fromm doesn’t have to bomb away, but he needs to be himself. So far, that means connecting on 72% or more of his passes – he’s done that in five of the six games so far – and he’s been careful with the ball.
If anyone can handle the pressure of what’s coming in Death Valley, it’s Fromm.
On the other side, Joe Burrow has been okay, but can he be consistent enough or accurate enough against one of the most talented secondaries in college football? He hung in there last week in the loss to Florida, but he also gave up his first two picks of the year.
To pull this off against this defense and this team, Burrow needs to be the best quarterback on the field.
One Reason Why LSU Will Win
Time to get into the theoretical.
Georgia hasn’t looked all that great so far on a consistent basis, but it’s also been clobbering everyone. It’s looking every bit the part of the No. 2 team in college football in terms of talent, explosion and …
The Bulldogs haven’t really beaten anyone.
Getting by South Carolina on the road wasn’t without it charm, but is that as good as taking down a jacked up Miami team in the season opener?
Winning at Missouri is … fine. Whatever. It’s not beating Auburn in Jordan-Hare.
Middle Tennessee? Austin Peay? Tennessee? Vanderbilt?
You can only beat who’s on the schedule, but so far, Georgia has beaten a fat load of jack … squat.
The Tigers have wins over the Canes and Auburn away from Baton Rouge, and they got even more battle-tested with the nasty fight with Florida last week in The Swamp.
For the first time all year, Georgia is about to deal with a defense with NFL talent. It’s also about to get hit by an O line that’s got some injury issues, but has held its own against three amazing defensive fronts.
Georgia has to now figure out how to turn on the intensity and not just go through the motions and win by 25. LSU’s dial has been set on 11 all year.
What’s Going To Happen
Georgia is about to get punched in the face.
LSU has answered the bell when challenged all year, and that includes the loss at Florida – it played just fine in an impossible setting against a team that does most of the same things as well as it does.
The Tigers are going to feed off the energy of the crowd to come up with a brilliant defensive performance to take control early, but …
They won’t be able to put the game away when they have the chance.
The Bulldogs are going to take the hit, and after holding the Tigers to field goals on the key early drives, they’ll settle down and take over in the second half. Fromm will hit the mid-range throws, will keep the offense moving, and will get the scoring drive needed to get back in it.
And then Georgia will go Georgia.
It’ll get the key pick off a deflection at the right time, and/or it’ll come up with a big special teams play, and/or it’ll get the throw by Fromm that finally swings things back its way.
It’ll be a terrific game and a fantastic win for Georgia going into the break. It’ll be just what the team needs to get ready for Florida, at Kentucky, Auburn.
The 2018 Georgia season starts now.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Georgia 27, LSU 19
Line: Georgia -7.5, o/u: 50.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 5
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