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Georgia football celebrated a 52-7 win over Georgia Tech.

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.

But he was also ejected from the game for getting into a fight with Georgia Tech defensive back Tre Swilling.

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.

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.”

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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

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.

The Bulldogs and Tigers play at 4 p.m. ET next Saturday. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

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