Georgia vs. LSU: 5 Reasons Bulldogs Can Pull off Upset in SEC Championship
The Georgia Bulldogs will be the underdog in the SEC Championship game, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pull off the upset.
We’ve seen this before, back in 2001 when the LSU Tigers upset the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC Championship game, so it’s not that crazy to think about upset here.
After all, the Tigers come off of an emotional victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks, and they have to turn right back around and play another dangerous football team.
Georgia has enough firepower to beat LSU, and this is how the Bulldogs could pull off the upset.
The SEC Championship game is played in the Georgia Dome every year, and that bodes well for the Bulldogs.
For obvious reasons, they’ll have the home crowd, and the place will be buzzing with Bulldog fanatics. Georgia’s not only playing for an SEC Championship, but they’ve been playing to salvage Mark Richt’s job all season long.
I’m not saying that Richt’s job is still in jeopardy after winning nine games in a row, but his team will still be playing in his honor. Hot seats in the SEC are a funny thing, aren’t they?
Just look at the guy coaching on the opposite sidelines from Richt.
Isaiah Crowell’s Ability to Rush the Football
There have been a lot of electrifying freshmen around college football this season, such as DeAnthony Thomas at Oregon and Sammy Watkins at Clemson, but Isaiah Crowell might have a better collegiate football career than both of those guys.
Crowell is a strong, physical back who can evade tacklers and really change a game with his athletic ability.
Everyone knows that passing against LSU would be to play against their strength, so if a team wants to beat these Tigers, they’ll have to run the football. And they’ll have to run it effectively.
This is where Crowell comes in to play. So far this season, Crowell has gained 832 yards on the ground and has five touchdowns. Look for Crowell to play an enormous part in the Bulldogs’ attack this Saturday.
Georgia's defense might not be as talented as LSU’s or as physically intimidating as Alabama’s, but this group is pretty darn good.
Led by Bacarri Rambo in the secondary, this Georgia defense can create turnovers, and they’re one of the best groups in the league.
Rambo leads the team with seven interceptions, and he’s going to need to come up big once again when they play a team that very rarely turns the ball over.
The Bulldogs are 11th in the nation when it comes to points scored against them, so this game is really setting up to be another defensive struggle.
The Bulldogs have the second-best defense the Tigers will play all year long. At least, the Bulldogs hope so for their sake.
Georgia is peaking right now, and they are a very dangerous football team. The team is led by a great quarterback in Aaron Murray, and the defense has really turned up the heat over these past couple of weeks.
The only thing about Georgia peaking right now is that LSU is peaking as well. Heck, they’ve been peaking all season long, and they’ve only had one close football game this year.
Georgia will have to play sound football and have their best game yet against LSU to pull off the upset, so it’s a great thing that this team is hot when it needs to be.
Can the Tigers Really Get Up One More Time?
This has been the question I’ve asked about LSU every single week, and they respond every time with a resounding "Yes!"
After such a brutal schedule of playing ranked team after ranked team and one big game after another, these Tigers are resilient and tough to shake.
It’s like they play better when more is on the line and their game is in the spotlight. Well, they’re in the spotlight once again, and I have to ask it once again: Can they get up again?
Having played football, I know how difficult it is to get up for big games, especially if there are so many of them. The Bulldogs just hope that the Tigers finally fold to the pressure.