SEC Championship Game Preview: No. 14 LSU Tigers vs. No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs

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The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs, 12-0, 8-0 SEC, look to defend their National Title, but first, they face SEC West Champion No. 14 LSU 9-3, 6-2 SEC, Saturday at 4 PM EST on CBS in Atlanta. Last year, the Bulldogs didn’t win the SEC title but went on to win the National Championship. This year they’d like to do both. These two teams didn’t play each other during the 2022 regular season.

Even with a loss, Georgia is probably in the Top 4, but they certainly won’t want to take any chances. LSU’s loss last week knocks them out of any chance to make the College Football Playoffs, even with a win in the SEC Championship. To make matters worse for the Tigers, QB Jayden Daniels has an ankle injury and was in a walking boot earlier in the week. Despite the injury, Daniels will start for LSU.

Daniels has thrown for 2,566 yards and 15 touchdowns. He’s the leading rusher for LSU with 824 yards on 174 carries and 11 touchdowns on the ground. He’s going to be facing the toughest defense all year. Georgia is only allowing 11.3 points a game and 270.7 yards a game, including just 79.5 on the ground.

Georgia QB Stetson Bennett has 3,151 yards in the air with 16 touchdowns. RB Kenny McIntosh has 123 carries for 654 yards and 8 touchdowns. Daijun Edwards is second on the team with 115 carries for 604 yards and 7 scores.

Georgia opened up the season with a 49-3 beatdown over then No. 11 Oregon. They didn’t allow a touchdown until week three against South Carolina, which was a 48-7 win. They beat then 1 ranked Tennessee on Nov 5 27-13.

LSU started the season with a tough 24-23 loss to Florida State. They would rebound to win five straight before losing to then-8th-ranked Tennessee 40-13. They followed that with wins against Florida and then back-to-back ranked games against Ole Miss and Alabama.

Written by Garin Turner

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