10 quick thoughts on LSU’s 37-10 SEC Championship win over Georgia.
SEC Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
10. That was boring. There wasn’t any real drama, it was clinical, and it was over. Georgia didn’t have the offense, LSU did what it needed to do to not screw up and let the inferior team get any cheap and easy scores, and that was that. LSU was the best team in the SEC all season long, and it just proved it with emphasis.
9. Georgia just didn’t have the offense. D’Andre Swift was a total non-factor – running twice for 13 yards – the receivers dropped passes on the opening drive when a tone could’ve been set, and there weren’t any answers to try catching up after getting down early on. The Georgia D could only do so much.
8. Give the LSU defense credit, though. Georgia might have been lacking at the skill spots, but the Tiger D swallowed up everything on the ground, and it didn’t allow much of anything down the field. Georgia was able to come up with a few midrange throws, but nothing all that threatening. The Tiger D – for the second straight week after the Texas A&M beatdown last week – seemed to take it personally that it had been dogged all year.
7. Rodrigo Blankenship obviously wasn’t the reason Georgia lost, but the two missed field goals really, really didn’t help. The offense was going to scrap all game long to come up with anything it could get just to stay alive, and the two near-misses were gut punches.
6. Georgia needed to be perfect. It had to be at least a +2 in turnover margin, and it was -2. It had to own third downs, and it only converted 3-of-13 chances. It had to grind this out, keep things moving, and take control of the clock and the game. That went bye-bye after the first drive.
5. Jake Fromm was beaten up, battered, and limping around, he was without his top targets – at least until George Pickens came back in the second half and caught four passes for 54 yards and a score, and he didn’t get any help whatsoever, but he also wasn’t sharp. 20-of-42 for 225 yards and a touchdown with two picks wasn’t going to be good enough. Georgia is now unbeaten when he doesn’t throw a pick, and 0-2 when he does.
4. The Georgia run D was the Georgia run D. It was only the fourth time all year the Dawgs allowed over 100 yards, but it shut down Clyde Edwards-Helaire and gave up only 132 total yards. Edwards-Helaire had one late 20-yard run, and Joe Burrow ran for a 17-yard dash, and that was about it. However …
3. The LSU receiving corps made up for the stalled ground game. Joe Burrow gets all of the love, and Ja’Marr Chase was held in relative check – catching just three passes for 41 yards and a score – but Terrace Marshall went off for 89 yards and two scores, Justin Jefferson caught seven passes or 115 yards and a score, and while Edwards-Helaire didn’t do much on the ground, he caught seven passes or 61 yards. This is one loaded team, and it showed it against one loaded defense.
2. So that’s it, right? 28-of-38 for 349 yards and four touchdowns, 11 carries for 41 yards. Joe Burrow might not win the Heisman by the largest margin ever, but … he might. He just lit up one of the best defenses in college football with stunning ease. Don’t take this performance for granted.
1. That’s what the College Football Playoff committee had to see, right? It doesn’t matter what Ohio State does in the Big Ten Championship, LSU just dropkicked the No. 4 team in the country in dominant fashion.
Throw in the wins over Alabama on the road, Florida, Auburn, and throw in Texas A&M and Texas, too, and this is almost certainly going to be the No. 1 team in the final College Football Playoff rankings.