Get ready for a monumental battle in Georgia, everyone.
No. 6 LSU, coming off a 35-21 victory over SEC opponent Auburn, heads to Athens on Saturday to take on No. 9 Georgia.
The Tigers have defied preseason expectations, rising six spots in the AP rankings in four weeks. That includes a season-opening 37-27 victory over then-No. 20 TCU.
But Georgia has bounced back since the Week 1 loss to Clemson. The Bulldogs have won their last two games, including a 41-30 victory over then-No. 6 South Carolina on Sept. 7.
In the 45-21 victory over overmatched North Texas last week, Georgia's defensive unit only allowed one touchdown. The Mean Green scored two touchdowns off a kickoff return and a recovered blocked punt.
Will Georgia make a statement in Week 5? Or will LSU continue its winning ways?
*Statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
Betting Line (via Covers.com): Georgia -3
LSU Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: G Josh Williford (Concussion)
Georgia Injuries (via USA Today)
Questionable: TE Jay Rome (Ankle), LB James DeLoach (Concussion), WR Jonathan Rumph (Hamstring)
Top Storyline: Can Georgia's Defense Limit LSU Enough to Win on Saturday?
Georgia has allowed 29.7 points per game this season, 85th in the nation.
The question is, was the performance against North Texas a sign of things to come, or simply a byproduct of playing an overmatched team?
Obviously, that's a hard question to answer, but there's no question the Bulldogs looked better defensively last week. They allowed 245 yards of total offense, including 5.8 yards per pass attempt and 0.3 yards per carry. They also notched two sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and 10 tackles for loss. Both sacks, four QB hurries and two tackles for loss came from freshman outside linebacker Leonard Floyd.
Prediction: Georgia 35, LSU 34
This was a tough game to call, but I ultimately think Georgia will emerge victorious because of home-field advantage.
I also believe LSU's defense is overrated this season. It certainly isn't as dominant as it was last year. The Tigers rank 37th in the nation in points allowed per game after ranking 12th last season. They also haven't faced an offense that compares to Georgia's unit.
While LSU will undoubtedly rack up its fair share of points on Saturday, the Bulldogs have already proved they can rack up points against high-quality opponents.
Everyone talks about Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, but sophomore running back Todd Gurley helps create balance offensively for the Bulldogs. He ranks 23rd in the nation and third in the SEC in rushing yards, and he played his best against Clemson and South Carolina.
LSU has allowed 3.56 yards per carry (42nd in the nation) and seven rushing touchdowns this season (86th). Auburn running back Tre Mason scampered for 132 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers last week. This defensive unit can be hurt by Gurley.
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