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The five Bulldogs who are going to lead Georgia to a victory over LSU

Connor Riley

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The Friday Five, LSU edition

You know the drill by now. Obviously Georgia is going to have to play well as a team to win on Saturday but some players will need to have a better game than others. These are the five that we think will have strong games for the Bulldogs.

Richard LeCounte, sophomore safety: In each of Georgia’s first two road games, the defense has scored a touchdown on the opposing team’s opening drive. The last time Georgia played LSU in Baton Rouge, Georgia’s defense, thanks to linebacker Darryl Gamble, scored a touchdown on LSU’s opening drive. If that strange trend is going to continue, we think it will be Richard LeCounte’s doing. He’s had a phenomenal year so far and always seems to be around the ball.

Cade Mays, freshman offensive lineman: With Ben Cleveland out again, Georgia will look to Mays to fill in. It appears that left guard Solomon Kindley will be good to go so that will help sure up Georgia’s offensive line. If LSU is going to try and pressure Jake Fromm, look from them to try and attack Mays. It will be interesting to see how Mays keeps LSU linebacker Devin White off Georgia’s running backs and Fromm.

Riley Ridley, junior wide receiver: LSU’s secondary is very good, and some could say it might even be better than Georgia’s. So if the Georgia passing game is going to work, it will be because Georgia’s wide receivers are consistently able to win their one-on-one matchups against the likes of Greedy Williams and Kristian Fulton. While Ridley isn’t Georgia’s most explosive wide receiver, he is Georgia’s best route runner. He showed against Alabama last year he can get open against an elite secondary and he’ll have to do so again on Saturday if the Bulldogs are to come out on top.

D’Andre Walker, senior outside linebacker: Florida showed that if you could pressure LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, you can shut down the LSU offense and force Burrow into some errant throws. Walker is Georgia’s best pass rusher by a large margin. This might finally be the game where Kirby Smart and Mel Tucker turn him loose on every play and just tell him to bring down Burrow by any means necessary. And given LSU’s banged up offensive line, Walker might just be able to do it.

Jake Fromm, sophomore quarterback: The last time Georgia played LSU, Georgia’s quarterback played perhaps the finest game of his life, as Aaron Murray tossed four touchdowns and threw for 298 yards to lead Georgia to a 44-41 victory over a loaded LSU squad with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. If Georgia is going to produce a similar result to that memorable 2013 clash, Fromm is going to need to bring his A-game. He’s looked good against Missouri and South Carolina this year, but last year he struggled on the road against Tennessee and Auburn. This will be the toughest road-test (the national title, Rose Bowl and SEC Championship game were all neutral sites) Fromm has faced yet. And if he delivers a Murray-esque performance, Georgia should come away with another win over LSU.

College Football Picks for Week 7

After a fifth straight non-losing week (3-2-1), things continue to look well, but as anyone whose watched Rounders knows, you’re luck can change real quick. And again please don’t actually put your hard-earned money on these picks.

No. 2 Georgia at No. 13 LSU, 3:30 p.m. ET,  CBS, Radio-WSB 95.5 FM and 750 AM: As Brandon Adams’ pointed out on DawgNation Daily this week, just above every national media expert expects this to be a close game. LSU doesn’t lose to top-10 teams at home unless they’re Alabama. And the most Alabama has beaten LSU by in its recent stretch of dominance in Baton Rouge is 10 points. But most of those records came during the Les Miles era. And we think that Kirby Smart is a significantly better coach than Ed Orgeron. Which is why we like the Bulldogs to win and cover, because that’s what great teams do.  Georgia 30 (-7), LSU 13

Pitt at No. 5 Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC: Look, Notre Dame is a much better football team than Pitt. But Pitt knocked Miami from the unbeaten ranks last year and took out eventual national champion Clemson the year before. So why not roll with Pitt and see what kind of college football magic can happen. Notre Dame 31, Pitt 27 (-21)

Michigan State at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC: Penn State is going to be very annoyed entering this game, given what happened both against Ohio State earlier this year and what happened against Michigan State last year. We expect Penn State to win and win big. Penn State 44(-9.5), Michigan State 23

No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2: We like a good home dog, and the Ducks are getting 3.5 points. Washington didn’t look great against a terrible UCLA team last week and Oregon might be sneaky great thanks to quarterback Justin Herbert. We like Oregon to win at home and establish themselves as the clear best team in the PAC-12. Oregon 38 (+3.5), Washington 30

No. 22 Texas A&M at South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network: Remember what I said about home dogs? Well that doesn’t count for South Carolina, who has been all over the map in recent weeks. Meanwhile Texas A&M is fresh off a win over Kentucky. Jimbo Fisher might have things rolling in College Station quicker than most expected. Texas A&M 31 (-2.5), South Carolina 16 

No. 15 Wisconsin at No. 12 Michigan, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC: I still can’t believe College GameDay picked this game instead of Georgia-LSU. Regardless, we know how this game goes, with Wisconsin keeping it close before losing late. Michigan 24, Wisconsin 20 (+9.5) 

Record on the season: 20-14-2(Against the Spread)

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