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LSU vs. Georgia: 10 Things We Learned from the Bulldogs' Win

Brian JonesContributor ISeptember 28, 2013

LSU vs. Georgia: 10 Things We Learned from the Bulldogs' Win

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    In what could be called the game of the year, the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the LSU Tigers 44-41. 

    Both teams made plays throughout the entire game, but the Bulldogs made one more play at the very end, which made the difference. 

    With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 in the SEC and have a chance to run the table if they continue to improve on offense and defense. 

    Here are 10 things we learned from the Bulldogs' win. 

Aaron Murray Can Win a Big Game

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    Aaron Murray already proved he can win a big game when the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina three weeks ago. But Murray proved it again with his performance against the Tigers.

    Murray thew for 298 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for a score in the win and was not sacked once. 

    After an average performance against Clemson, Murray has gotten better each game. If he keeps it up, he could be a finalist for the Heisman when the season comes to an end. 

The Offensive Line Is Getting Better

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    The reason Murray has been playing better is the offensive line is starting to come around.

    Murray was never sacked and was rarely pressured. The offensive line manhandled a young LSU defensive line, which is why the Bulldogs racked up close to 500 yards of total offense. 

Keith Marshall Can Carry the Load

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    Todd Gurley went down with an ankle injury in the first half and never returned.

    That opened the door for Keith Marshall, and he responded as he rushed for 96 yards on 20 carries. 

    It's unfortunate that Gurley could not finish the game because he was running the ball with authority. But the injury gave the coaches the opportunity to see if Marshall can carry the ball 20 times. Marshall did that and looked good doing it.

Chris Conley Is Emerging as the No. 1 Receiver

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    This is not to take anything away from Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett. But Chris Conley looks like he can be the No. 1 receiver for the Bulldogs.

    Conley caught five passes for 112 yards and had one TD reception. He had some huge catches downfield, and it looks like Murray is getting more comfortable with him as the season rolls on.

Marshall Morgan Is Improving

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    Marshall Morgan was suspended the first two games of the year. So he wanted to have a strong performance in this game, especially with both teams being similar in key areas.

    He did have a strong showing against LSU as he made three of his three field-goal attempts, including a big 55-yarder in the first half. 

    After a shaky freshman season, Morgan looks more comfortable, and he will have to be in order for the Bulldogs to win the SEC East because some of the games they will play down the stretch will come down to a field goal, just like the one against LSU. 

The Defense Is Still a Work in Progress

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    We know that the defense is going through some growing pains as the young players try to get better. So it's really not a surprise it gave up 41 points and 449 yards of offense.

    That said, the defense made plays at the end of the game, which is all that really matters. As long as the players continue to learn and work, it will be a solid unit by season's end. 

Josh Harvey-Clemons Is Starting to Get It

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    Josh Harvey-Clemons is starting to get comfortable at strong safety. 

    Harvey-Clemons led the Bulldogs with 15 tackles and also had two pass breakups.

    He was all over the field, and he will only get better the more SEC offenses he sees this year. 

Leonard Floyd Is the Team's Best Pass-Rusher

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    Leonard Floyd showed what he can do off the edge once again.

    He was only credited with one sack, but he was all over Zach Mettenberger the entire game.

    With his size, strength and speed, Floyd is looking like a natural. It will be interesting to see if he can keep it up. 

They Have Lifted the College GameDay Curse

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    Normally when ESPN's College GameDay covers a game which features the Bulldogs, they lose. 

    It was the case earlier this season when Georgia played Clemson, it was the case in the SEC Championship Game last year and it was the case in 2008 when Georgia lost to Alabama, which was the last time College GameDay was in Athens.

    But the Bulldogs got the win despite all of the distractions going on all over Athens. Credit goes to Mark Richt and his coaching staff for getting the Bulldogs focused for the SEC showdown. 

Georgia Is the Best Team in the SEC

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    I know Alabama is the No. 1 team in the country, and the Tide are the defending national champions. But if both teams were to play each other right now, I'm not sure if the Crimson Tide would win the game.

    The Bulldogs still have their issues on defense and special teams. But even with the injury to Gurley, they are near unstoppable on offense because they have depth and experience at every position. 

    This doesn't mean they will win the SEC with ease, but the Bulldogs are playing like the best team in the conference right now.

    And they have the ability to get better, which is a scary thought.

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