LSU vs Georgia Preview: A Top 10 Clash Between the Hedges
A familiar question pops up again: can Mark Richt and Aaron Murray win the big game? That question will be answered Saturday afternoon when No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Georgia square off in Samford Stadium
Heading into this game, Georgia has had the toughest schedule in the entire country, This game will be Georgia's fourth game of the year and already the third game against a top-10 team. With a 40-31 win over South Carolina earlier this year, UGA has proven they can win a big game.
LSU enters the game at 4-0 after a 35-21 victory over the Auburn Tigers. Many fans across the country have been impressed with LSU's new look offense thanks to first-year offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The Tigers have been able to put points on the board, which has been a struggle for them in the past.
The most highly anticipated match-up of this game is the quarterback battle. LSU signal-caller Zach Mettenberger will return to Athens for the first time since being dismissed from the Georgia football team in 2010. Before leaving Athens, Mettenberger was competing for the starting quarterback job with current Georgia starting quarterback Aaron Murray. The two were very close friends when they were teammates together.
So far this season Mettenberger and Murray's numbers are almost identical. In four games this year Mettenberger is 59 of 91 for 1026 yards and 10 touchdowns and has only thrown one interception. In one less game Murray, has thrown for 1040 yards, completing 59 of 81 passes including 7 touchdowns with only 2 picks.
Mettenberger has surprised many fans across the country with how well he has played this season. It will be very interesting to see how he performs Saturday in a very hostile environment
As Murray and Mettenberger lead their respective teams through the air, watch for a couple of guys to lead their teams on the ground. Georgia has two very talented running backs in its backfield. The featured back Todd Gurley has had a strong start to the season, carrying the ball 63 times for 377 yards and four touchdowns. The most impressive number from Gurley is the six yards per carry average.
The other Bulldog running back is sophomore Keith Marshall. Mashall hasn't carried the ball as many times as Gurley but has been effective when given the opportunity.
Look for LSU to establish a running game early with big back Jermey Hill. The 235-pound sophomore is averaging over eight yards per carry this season and has six touchdowns in only three games.
Georgia will try and make this game a shootout. It has a very good offense that has shown it can put a lot of points against good teams like Clemson and South Carolina. LSU will try to win with its defense because it does not want to have to score with Georgia
Either way this game will be very physical and will have possible national championship implications to it.
This game will be on CBS at 3:30 pm ET.