As a part of TC Sports’ weekly series, we will be breaking down the top BCS game of the week. Our next BCS Game of the Week: a SEC shootout between No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Georgia:
WHY LSU WILL WIN: We’ve talked about this team before, and I absolutely love the style of play the LSU’s offense has had under Cam Cameron. He has helped Zach Mettenberger reach his star potential as a quarterback, and the Tigers’ rushing attack of Terrence Magee, Jeremy Hill, and Alfred Blue could be simply too much to stop. Any one of these backs is capable of burning this Georgia defensive line, and the vertical threats of Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry make the LSU offense one of the most lethal in the SEC. This may be a game between two SEC teams (a conference known for its defensive prowess), but the difference in this game will be in the offenses. Georgia’s defense has looked shaky, especially in wins over South Carolina and North Texas. Clemson may have burned them week one, but their most troubling game may be that North Texas game, which was tied 21-21 in the third quarter before the Bulldogs turned it on to win 45-21. This game is expected to be a close one, and LSU head coach Les Miles certainly has a reputation for winning close games. Georgia, not so much.
WHY GEORGIA WILL WIN: With a veteran quarterback in Aaron Murray and a running back that may be the best in the country, Georgia certainly has its share of offensive weapons as well. Running back Todd Gurley has 377 rushing yards on 63 carries this year (a whopping 6.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns for the Bulldogs, and absolutely bullied a stacked South Carolina defensive line (which included possible No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney). LSU’s defense is a little banged up too, as they have suffered some injuries in recent weeks. Georgia also has had the “benefit” of having play one of the toughest schedules in the country within their last couple weeks (playing against No. 3 Clemson, No. 12 South Carolina), whereas LSU’s toughest opponent thus far has been their game last week against Auburn (W 35-21). Georgia will also have the benefit of playing the game “Between the Hedges” at home, with a chance to take control over Florida and South Carolina in the SEC East rankings.
PREDICTION: This matchup between smashmouth SEC teams will turn into an offensive shootout in the second half. I expect Todd Gurley to play a key role in the second half with several crucial runs to secure a 35-31 win for the Bulldogs. Georgia’s win sets up a potential rematch of last season’s SEC Championship Game vs. Alabama, once again with potential national championship implications.
LSU travels to take on Georgia at 3:30 ET and will be shown on CBS