Social media sounds off on George Pickens, previews Georgia-LSU SEC championship game
The Georgia Bulldogs picked up a 52-7 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday to wrap up its regular season with an 11-1 record. But the massive win is hardly what anyone was talking about after the game.
The biggest social media talking point was the actions of freshman wide receiver George Pickens. He was suspended during the first half due to a violation of team rules. He then scored a touchdown in the third quarter and really helped open up the Georgia offense.
— Hiro Katsuki (@KatsukiFB) November 30, 2019
But he was also ejected from the game for getting into a fight with Georgia Tech defensive back Tre Swilling.
Georgia WR George Pickens will be suspended for the first half of the SEC Championship after this fight today.
He leads the team in receiving yards and TD. pic.twitter.com/etNgh746dc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 30, 2019
Pickens is Georgia’s top receiver and the Bulldogs will already be without Lawrence Cager, who had ankle surgery on Friday. That’s what makes his decision, and suspension for the first half of the SEC championship game such a significant loss.
George Pickens with an all-time stupid decision to get himself ejected and compromise his status for the game Georgia must win next week. Unbelievable.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 30, 2019
Yooo! Y’all look at the ref during this George Pickens fight!!!
He said, “y’all don’t pay me enough to break this up!” pic.twitter.com/vM3tSVhvmm
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) November 30, 2019
George Pickens in the second half next week pic.twitter.com/JNbWyWCIEO
— parker 🗣💯 (@proyster12) November 30, 2019
George Pickens really slung that man into the wall like a rag doll 😭😭😭😭
— hashim (@___hash___) November 30, 2019
This is the rule that states Georgia WR George Pickens will miss the first half of the SEC Championship Game vs. LSU after he got tossed for fighting today. pic.twitter.com/LNbd9cDgjO
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) November 30, 2019
George Pickens certainly made an entertaining show out of his 10 minutes of football today.
— Benjamin Wolk (@benjaminwolk) November 30, 2019
Lawrence Cager: injured in practice
Deandre Swift: injured on fumble
George Pickens: kicked out of game possibly suspended next week pic.twitter.com/LBuWg0cMpN
— Eli Samuel Camel (@Eli_Pulkinen) November 30, 2019
Every replay I see, shows the guy coming after Pickens. Why wasn’t he kicked out??
— FOST (@GeorgeFoster72) November 30, 2019
George Pickens will still be respected in the streets for this fight. He may not be on the field the first half next week, but we will watch this on repeat until next week. #GoDawgs #WreckTech https://t.co/CWOhUI7ihZ
— DawgsForever (@dawgs_forever) November 30, 2019
Nobody made him engage and stay engaged with the guy — up to and including dragging him into a wall by his facemask. That was his decision. https://t.co/E1hZZfcj3W
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 30, 2019
I checked with @FOXSports rules expert Dean Blandino. #UGA WR George Pickens will miss the first half of SEC champ game after getting throw out today for fighting. For a second fighting penalty in same season you miss entire next game.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 30, 2019
After the game, Pickens’ teammate Monty Rice was honest about how he felt about the Pickens situation.
“That’s a huge lesson for him to not have him do something dumb like that,” Rice said. “He’s a vital part of the team, vital part of the offense. You see how productive he is. He’s just gotta be smarter.
“Ain’t no way around it. Ain’t no woulda’, coulda’ shoulda’. All you have to do is not throw a punch or slap or whatever it was. You just have to be smart.”
As for what lies ahead, the Bulldogs now turn their attention to LSU. The Tigers dominated Texas A&M on Saturday to pick up a 50-7 win and cap off a 12-0 regular season.
The Tigers and Bulldogs met in 2018, with LSU winning 36-16. And that was before LSU had one of the top offenses in the country, led by likely Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.
Add in the fact that it’s a College Football Playoff play-in game, and this is clearly the biggest game of the week, and possibly the season
Compare vs. Texas A&M
LSU 1st HALF:
324 yds gained
40 yards allowed
Georgia FULL GAME:
260 yards gained
273 yards allowed
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) December 1, 2019
Georgia national defense ranking
2nd points allowed (10.4)
4th yards allowed (257.0)
3rd pass eff. defense (106.7)
3rd red zone defense (.650)
LSU national offense ranking
2nd scoring (48.7)
2nd total yards (560.5)
4th pass eff. (197.0)-Joe Burrow 2nd
2nd red zone offense (.967)
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) December 1, 2019
Georgia will be without Lawrence Cager and will have to sit George Pickens for the first half of the 2019 SEC Championship Game after the freshman threw some punches.
D'Andre Swift also got banged up against Georgia Tech.
Good luck upsetting LSU.
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 30, 2019
When you see pundits talking about Georgia’s chances against LSU next week, just remember that 90% of them picked Alabama to win a low-scoring Iron Bowl this week. 👀
— Jon Tweets Sports (@JonTweetsSports) December 1, 2019
Will re-evaluate after latest #CFBPlayoff rankings, but…
I think Ohio State and LSU are in. I’m reasonably confident Clemson is in too, but I’d probably lean more toward “win and in” status for the Tigers given some of the competition still out there.
Georgia is “win and in.”
— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) December 1, 2019
Didn't know if LSU could do enough to catch Ohio State as the @CFBPlayoff #1 seed.
While they won't catch them this week, it might now be in play if they have a convincing win over Georgia next week because of this complete domination of A&M.
The #1 seed is crucial this year
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) December 1, 2019
"We're not buying that."
Many talking heads will say that no matter what happens in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, #LSU is in the CFP Playoff. But the Tigers are hungry for their first conference title since 2011. pic.twitter.com/nYIZYZ9HzK
— Jacques Doucet (@JacquesDoucet) December 1, 2019
Here’s my top seven: 1. LSU 2. Ohio State 3. Clemson 4. Georgia 5. Utah 6. OU 7. Baylor
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 1, 2019
After the win over Georgia Tech, Georgia coach Kirby Smart was cagey about what he had seen from the Tigers to this point.
“I don’t feel like I know enough about them. I know at the surface, from what I’ve seen with the teams we’ve overlapped with, Florida and Auburn,” Smart said. “It seemed like we’ve had them on tape, so you get to see them. But I can’t answer that question because I don’t know.”
As for how the players celebrated post-game, they very much basked in the victory of beating Georgia Tech. But they also know they have to quickly turn the page to LSU.
To hell with who?
— Cade Mays (@cade_mays) November 30, 2019
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 30, 2019
Love bro🤞🏾 https://t.co/TLw2NWrzdZ
— Brian Herrien (@brianherrienn) December 1, 2019
— Marvin James (@sportsguymarv) November 30, 2019
Thank You God and GoDawgs🎸🖤
— Isaiah Wilson〰️🏵🎸 (@_LayZay_) November 30, 2019
The Bulldogs and Tigers play at 4 p.m. ET next Saturday. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
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