SEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia fearless prediction and game preview.
SEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia Broadcast
Date: Saturday, December 7
Game Time: 4:00 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA
Georgia (11-1) vs. LSU (12-0) Game Preview
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Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The SEC Championship
– It’s a College Football Playoff quarterfinal game … sort of. That’s probably the wrong way to put it. It’s a playoff game for Georgia, who’s a mortal lock to be in the top four in the final College Football Playoff rankings with a win over LSU. Lose, and it’s off to the Sugar Bowl.
If LSU loses, it’ll almost certainly still be in the CFP based on its body of work throughout the regular season, but that would likely mean a No. 4 seed and a date with Ohio State. However, win in a wipeout, and that could lead to a jump up to the No. 1 spot and a date with – most likely – Baylor, Oklahoma or Utah. That’s a whole lot better than facing Clemson. That’s all why …
– It’s the one conference championship game that really, really, really, really, really matters when it comes to the big picture this year. Utah can obliterate Oregon for the Pac-12 title, and either Oklahoma or Baylor could win the Big 12 Championship in a walk, and it’s all just for t-shirts and confetti unless LSU beats Georgia. If the Tigers win, the potential will be there for a massive Saturday night fight over who that fourth team will be. Again, Georgia can slam that shut with a win.
There’s going to be a sizable segment of the college football world with a whole lot of love for LSU on Saturday afternoon.
– There’s no Alabama here. Four of the last five games and five of the last seven have included the Crimson Tide – with Nick Saban’s team winning them all – and now there’s a chance for one of the two coaches to come up with something special.
Either Kirby Smart wins his second SEC title in three years at Georgia, or Ed Orgeron goes from being on everyone’s Hot Seat Coach list to start last year to the SEC champion head man.
Meanwhile, in other news, while Orgeron – a former interim head man at USC who was miffed when he didn’t get the permanent gig – is in the SEC Championship, Trojan fans aren’t exactly pleased that the school is keeping head coach Clay Helton.
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Why Georgia Will Win
– The Georgia lines are the real deal. This isn’t a thrill-a-minute team like LSU, and it’s not doing anything that seems all that much to worry about, but a strong infrastructure can be sexy. The Bulldogs, arguably, have the best lines in the country, with an offensive front that’s the best in the SEC at keeping defenses out of the backfield, and a defensive front that’s No. 2 in the nation behind Utah against the run.
– Jake Fromm will be the coolest guy in the room. The stats might not be there, and he’s not the NFL prospect that Joe Burrow is, but he’s been through the wars – this is his third SEC Championship game – and he’s not going to be bothered by anything the LSU defense throws at him.
Yeah, the Tigers were terrific defensively against Texas A&M last week, but the secondary has been picked on time and again throughout the year and will give up big throws in key spots. Fromm doesn’t have to be amazing, but he has to be sharp.
– The Dawgs do all of the little things right. They might have failed against South Carolina, but they’ve been able to come through in close fight after by not screwing up and relying on those lines when the games are on the line. Fromm has thrown three picks on the year – all in the loss to South Carolina. That’s it. The D is a killer on third downs, there aren’t a slew of penalties, and most of all, the secondary has been fantastic. But …
Why LSU Will Win
– Just how healthy is Georgia? Everything is supposed to be fine, but the secondary is banged up, star RB D’Andre Swift has a shoulder injury he’ll be trying to play through, and then there’s the receiving corps. Lawrence Cager is out for the year with an ankle injury, and George Pickens is out for the first half after being suspended for his role in a fight against Georgia Tech. This isn’t a passing game that can afford to lose parts, much less not have the top two targets against an NFL secondary.
– Oh yeah … and LSU has that Joe Burrow guy. The Heisman doesn’t have his name engraved on it yet, but he can put this thing away with a brilliant performance to close out a phenomenal season. Not only has her hit 78% of his passes for 4,366 yards and 44 touchdowns with six picks, he’s connecting on deep ball after deep ball.
This isn’t just some dink-and-dunk, low-risk passing game to keep things moving; he’s averaging 11 yards per pass. Consistent, clutch, and unflappable in the big games, he might not have the big game resumé experience of Jake Fromm, but without that much of a pass rush from Georgia to worry about, it’s bombs away. Best of all …
As wonderful as Georgia’s secondary is, it does absolutely nothing to take the ball away. The pass rush is just okay – it’s not enough to consistently force quarterbacks to hurry. The secondary is strong overall, but it’s come up with just six picks on the season and just one in the last seven games.
What’s Going To Happen
Georgia just won’t have enough O.
Auburn and Florida were able to keep things tight against the Tigers with just enough midrange passes to get by, and helped by their fantastic lines. Again, Georgia’s lines are better, and they should be just good enough to to keep LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire from doing his job as the closer, but where’s the Dawg offensive pop going to come from?
LSU will be held in relative check after a hot start, but just when it seems like Georgia is going to creep in this and take over, Mr. Burrow will decide it’s time to win the Heisman with the first of two second half scoring throws that will cement the award, and the SEC Championship.
SEC Championship: LSU vs. Georgia Prediction, Line
Must See Rating: 5
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SEC Championship History
2018 Alabama 35, Georgia 28
2017 Georgia 28, Auburn 7
2016 Alabama 54, Florida 16
2015 Alabama 29, Florida 15
2014 Alabama 42, Missouri 13
2013 Auburn 59, Missouri 42
2012 Alabama 32, Georgia 28
2011 LSU 42, Georgia 10
2010 Auburn 56, South Carolina 17
2009 Alabama 32, Florida 13
2008 Florida 31, Alabama 20
2007 LSU 21, Tennessee 14
2006 Florida 38, Arkansas 28
2005 Georgia 34, LSU 14
2004 Auburn 38, Tennessee 28
2003 LSU 34, Georgia 13
2002 Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
2001 LSU 31, Tennessee 20
2000 Florida 28, Auburn 6
1999 Alabama 34, Florida 7
1998 Tennessee 24, Mississippi State 14
1997 Tennessee 39, Auburn 29
1996 Florida 45, Alabama 30
1995 Florida 34, Arkansas 3
1994 Florida 24, Alabama 23
1993 Florida 28, Alabama 13
1992 Alabama 28, Florida 21