The Face of LSU Football
Les Miles has been the head football coach at LSU since January of 2005. The grass eating Michigan man has had his fair share of critics during his time in Baton Rouge, and the NCAA is currently investigating his old team, (Oklahoma State) but Les Miles continues to find ways to win.
The Dawgs Will Have Home Field Advantage
SB Nation reports that ESPN College GameDay will be in Athens this weekend. The hedges will come alive with the national television spotlight squarely on Athens, Georgia. This stage offers a great opportunity for Georgia to regain the momentum they lost on opening night in Clemson, South Carolina.
The LSU Tigers have let the good times roll to four straight victories to begin 2013. Conversely, the young Georgia team has had trouble stopping the opposition on a consistent basis. The Bulldogs pass defense is a particular concern heading into this weekend, having given up 238 yards through the air to North Texas.
Welcome Home, Zach Mettenberger
Zach Mettenberger is likely salivating at the thought of playing the inexperienced Dawg secondary. Mettenberger has inserted himself into early Heisman chatter by tossing ten touchdowns and only one interception this season. In addition, he has thrown for 1,026 yards.
CBS Sports is reporting that UGA head coach Mark Richt has given Zach Mettenberger’s mother the week off to “Enjoy this time of year.” If the Bulldog defense does not shore things up, Mrs. Mettenberger will be one of the only Georgia residents who delights in Saturday’s presentation.
The Georgia Defense Must Grow Up Now
Georgia cannot afford to get into another game of who has the ball last with a top-tier Southeastern Conference opponent. The Bulldogs need to be able to make occasional stops on defense in order to take some of the burden away from the offense. Failure to get the Tigers off the field will result in a long afternoon in Athens.
This is the Litmus test for Georgia football
Georgia came into 2013 with sky-high expectations. If the Bulldogs can manage to overcome LSU, the path to Atlanta will become very clear. If they come up short, the Dawgs will fall back to the pack in a messy SEC East.
Bulldog Nation possess the talent to beat LSU, but UGA will need to have their best outing of the season to turn back the Tigers. The Advocate reports that Louisiana State University’s defense may be peaking at the wrong time for Georgia fans. The Tigers gave up 49 total yards in the first 17 and a half minutes of the game against Auburn. LSU also forced three turnovers against those other Tigers.
Georgia has been telling everyone who will listen they are primed to win a championship. If that statement is accurate, losing to the Bayou Bengals is not an option.