The No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs will have to quickly find a way to shutdown No. 6 LSU running back Jeremy Hill, or face a long Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.
In their first two games of the season the Bulldogs gave up 197 and 226 yards to Clemson and South Carolina, respectively. They split those two games with a victory over the Gamecocks, and found their footing against North Texas, allowing seven yards on the ground.
But thus far Georgia hasn’t faced a rusher like Hill this season. The sophomore from Baton Rouge leads the team with 350 yards and six touchdowns, and his 184-yard performance last week versus Auburn earned Hill SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He’s also well on pace to surpass his inaugural year of 755 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Bulldogs have their own stud rusher in Todd Gurley, who’s posted 377 yards and four touchdowns in his second season. He’s averaging 125.7 yards per game, but faces his strongest test to date against a Tigers squad that’s only allowing 3.6 yards per rush.
The last time the two teams met was LSU’s 42-10 victory in the 2011 SEC Championship Game, and the Tigers are 16-12-1 in the all-time series. LSU also holds a 7-6 edge at Sanford, according to The Times Picayune.
This time around Zach Mettenberger is making his case for the SEC’s best quarterback, totaling 1,026 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. And receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry have combined for 44 receptions and 753 yards and all of Mettenberger’s scores.
Leading the Georgia secondary is freshman free safety Tray Matthews, who is the only Bulldog with an interception this season, while junior inside linebacker Ramik Wilson leads Georgia with 31 tackles.
The game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast by CBS, or watch live online at CBS Sports here.
Betting Odds: Georgia is favored by 3 points.
Over/Under: 62 points
Prediction: LSU 34, Georgia 20