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Building the best case (and worst case) scenario for Georgia this weekend
We’re trying something new on Wednesday’s where we’ll lay out the best case scenario for Georgia from both a game and national-view point prospective for this weekend’s game. We will also look at the flip side of the coin and consider what is the worst thing (injuries or cataclysmic events not included) that could happen to the Bulldogs this weekend.
Best case: Remember the third quarter of the South Carolina game, where Georgia’s offense couldn’t be stopped and the South Carolina offense crumbled, turning a 20-10 game into a 41-10 game in the course of a few minutes? Yeah, that’s the best case scenario only Georgia does it for all four quarters.
Both Jake Fromm and Justin Fields continue to thrive in their roles, while each one of Georgia’s running backs make plays. Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley prove to be too much for the LSU secondary and hey even the Georgia tight ends catch a few passes. Defensively, Georgia stuffs the run early, forcing Joe Burrow to have to throw the ball a lot more than any LSU fan would be comfortable with.
The Bulldogs cruise to an easy win in Tiger Stadium, something that not even Alabama has really been able to do in the Nick Saban era. It’s the clear “statement game” that many in the national media are looking for, and just about everyone agrees that Georgia is closer to the level Alabama is on than it is to Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame. The Bulldogs cruise into the bye week and look forward to a Florida team that squeaks by Vanderbilt. Georgia is even able to grab a couple of first place votes off of Alabama in the polls that come out on Sunday. Oh and Notre Dame loses to Pitt, because that’s how college football works.
Worst case: Remember the South Carolina game from 2012? In that game the Bulldogs were overwhelmed by the crowd and an other-worldly defensive player (Jadeveon Clowney) and Georgia got curb-stomped 35-7. The worst case scenario is that but this time it’s in the daylight and the ride home is a lot longer.
Devin White, LSU’s star linebacker, shows Georgia fans what it was basically like to play against Roquan Smith last year, as White and the LSU front-7 overwhelm a banged up offensive line. The LSU secondary gets the better of the matchup with Georgia’s wide receivers and Greedy Williams puts forth a very good argument for why he should be considered the best cornerback in college football.
On the other side of the ball, LSU is able to consistency run the ball on Georgia. When that has happened in the past under Kirby Smart, Georgia usually loses. Joe Burrow never gets pressured as Georgia fails to register a sack and the LSU offense, while rarely spectacular, just churns out yards and chews up the clock, keeping the Georgia offense off the field.
As far as the national perspective, many people turn on Georgia and some even suggest that the Bulldogs might be the third best team in the SEC East behind Florida and Kentucky. That doesn’t mean much in the grand scope of things but it’s still going to be incredibly to annoying to read about. And Notre Dame does not lose to Pitt, because Pitt is not a good football team.
Georgia could get some good news in recruiting on Wednesday
It hasn’t been a great week for Georgia on the recruiting trail, as the Bulldogs have lost three commitments since the start of the month. Most notably, 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, the no. 3 player in the country, backed off his long-time pledge to Georgia.
But fear not Georgia fans, because the Bulldogs could be getting a big-time addition to the 2019 recruiting class on Wednesday, as 4-star safety Lewis Cine will announce his decision.
Cine is the No. 59 player in the country and the No. 3 overall safety recruit in the 2019 class per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s from Texas by way of Massachusetts and he’s set to decide between Michigan, Penn State, Texas, Florida and the Bulldogs.
Should Cine pick Georgia, he would become the only defensive back in the class following Jalen Perry’s de-commitment last week and would help Georgia close the gap on Texas A&M and Alabama for the No. 1 overall spot in the 2019 class rankings. Georgia has the No. 3 class in the country as of Wednesday morning but that will not change even if Cine does pick the Bulldogs.
If you’re looking for a time to check Twitter for Cine’s commitment, the 4-star defensive back tweeted that the news was coming at 1 p.m. ET, Noon CT.