Georgia football: What one matchup with LSU could swing the SEC championship game?
DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The “Cover 4” concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement on that opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the big matchups to pay attention to for Saturday’s Georgia-LSU game.
DawgNation continues with the “Cover 4” concept. The focus is always a timely look with each of our guys manning the secondary on a pertinent topic.
The quick in-and-out game remains. It is designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Nick Chubb scored his third touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year.
The latest “Cover 4” question is of the fill-in-the-blank variety:
What is the one matchup which will largely decide the SEC Championship game?
Brandon Adams: The UGA secondary vs. LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase
The “why” from “DawgNation Daily” here: “It’s not easy to identify LSU’s best receiver, but Chase might win the Biletnikoff Award. The Bulldogs also faced the Biletnikoff winner in last year’s SEC championship game and held Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy to three catches for 24 yards (including a touchdown).”
Mike Griffith: Georgia offensive line vs. LSU defensive front
The “why” from “On the Beat” here: “Georgia has to run the ball effectively on first down to have success against the LSU defense.“
Connor Riley: Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs Georgia’s linebackers
The “why” from “Good Day UGA” here: “Edwards-Helaire has been phenomenal this year. When Georgia saw him in 2018, he rolled up 145 yards on the Bulldogs. Georgia’s group of linebackers have to be better and win that matchup for the Bulldogs to win the game.“
Jeff Sentell: Kirby Smart, Dan Lanning, J.R. Reed and Richard LeCounte III versus Joe Burrow, Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger.
The Intel here: “Plays + players. That’s the winning equation here. Can Lanning and Smart make the calls that lead to big stops on the back end from Reed and LeCounte? If so, the Bulldogs can limit the LSU quarterback and the game plans laid in place by Brady (passing game coordinator) and Ensminger (offensive coordinator) which have transformed LSU football in 2019.”
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