LSU favored over Georgia, first time Bulldogs are underdogs this season
Georgia football will wear the title of “underdog” for the first time this season in the SEC Championship Game.
LSU has opened as a 4-point favorite over the Bulldogs, per VegasInsider.com.
The Tigers (12-0) dominated Texas A&M, 50-7, on Saturday night in Baton Rouge.
LSU overwhelmed an Aggies team that Georgia (11-1) struggled to hold off just one week earlier in a 19-13 win at Sanford Stadium.
“We earned the right to be in it (SEC Championship Game),” UGA coach Kirby Smart said on Saturday. “So we’re going to roll our helmets out there and give it the best shot we can.”
The Bulldogs will be without their top two receivers when the SEC Championship Game kicks off at 4 p.m. next Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Smart revealed that senior graduate transfer Lawrence Cager had ankle surgery last Friday that will likely end his season.
Georgia freshman George Pickens will be suspended for the first half of the SEC Championship Game after getting into a fight in the third quarter against Georgia Tech with his team up 38-7 en route to a 52-7 win.
The Bulldogs saw leading rusher D’Andre Swift leave the game in the third quarter and get treated for a shoulder injury, but Smart said Swift could have returned if needed.
LSU and Georgia met last season in Baton Rouge, and the Tigers gashed the Bulldogs by a 36-16 count.
LSU won the game in all phases, offense, defense, special teams and coaching.
This marks Georgia’s third straight trip to the SEC Championship Game, Smart becoming the first East Division coach to accomplish the feat since Steve Spurrier did it at Florida from 1994-1996.
“We’ve played a different opponent each time, but we’ll prepare for these guys like we do anybody else,” Smart said, noting UGA played Auburn two years ago in the league title game and Alabama last season.
“We’ll go through our normal week, you guys will make a bigger deal out of it, and we’ll prepare the same way we always do, put the best plan together we can and go throw our team out there.”