Ahead of Georgia's matchup with LSU, The Red & Black takes a look at who has the edge at offensive and defensive position groups.
LSU’s Joe Burrow didn’t throw an interception the first five games of the season. The bad news for the Tigers? He threw two against Florida on Oct. 6. Meanwhile, Jake Fromm has been one of the nation’s most accurate passers. Both teams will face tough defenses, but Fromm has proven he can win games with his arm.
Each team boasts a dangerous running back tandem. Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have combined for more rushing yards than Georgia’s top options, Elijah Holyfield and D’Andre Swift. At the same time, the Bulldogs appear to be deeper at the position. Both teams are known for running the ball, and either team could have the upper hand on Oct. 13.
Welcome back, Terry Godwin. The senior caught his first touchdown pass of the season on a 75-yard bomb against Vanderbilt. The catch shows Godwin is returning to health after a nagging leg injury and Georgia’s receiving corps is only getting deeper. Combine Godwin with Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Jeremiah Holloman, and you get a unit that LSU can’t match.
Both offensive lines have battled through injuries and questionable performances. Georgia has lost both starting tackles and surrendered three sacks against Tennessee. LSU is coming off a loss to Florida in which the Gators sacked the quarterback five times. It’s tough to say how either will respond when faced with each opponent’s menacing front seven.
A year ago, Georgia would have undoubtedly taken this category. This season, injuries and a lack of standout talent at inside linebacker have taken some of the bite out of the Bulldog defensive front. LSU’s front seven, led by linebacker Devin White, look better heading into the matchup.
Both secondaries are near nightmares for opposing quarterbacks, with All-American cornerbacks roaming each team’s defensive backfield. Cornerback Tyson Campbell and safety Richard LeCounte have performed admirably for the Bulldogs, but they are still young. The Tiger secondary has recorded an interception every game this season, so it’s hard to pick against them.