I know I’m out of the gate a little sooner than usual with this post, but it’s nut cutting time in Athens, boys. I watched a replay of the LSU-Mississippi State game yesterday and between that and my Saturday night in Athens, here are a few impressions to chew on:
- Vegas has to be cringing just a little bit at setting the line in this game. The early number is Georgia favored by 2.5, which strikes me as being as good a number as any. But really, is there any realistic spread that wouldn’t surprise you at this point?
- The stat that scares: LSU, first in the SEC in turnover margin at +7; Georgia, last in the SEC in turnover margin at -9.
- Bobo’s biggest job this week is figuring out a way to scheme A.J. away from Patrick Peterson.
- Cox’ biggest job this week is paying attention to where Chad Jones is on the field.
- I’m not sure if this is supposed to reassure me, but evidently King’s fumble was caused by Ben Jones bumping into him. If these backs can’t secure the ball well enough to protect against an accidental collision, how much better are they going to fare against defenders that are trying to knock the ball out on purpose?
- These are not your father’s LSU offensive and defensive lines. LSU currently ranks tenth in rushing offense in the SEC. Scott and Williams did not suddenly become mediocre players. And outside of Alem, the Tigers defensive line isn’t generating a consistent pass rush.
- Combine that with LSU’s sudden prowess in the long passing game (and Georgia being a mirror of LSU on both sides of the ball), and I’m leaning towards another shootout on the scoreboard.
- LSU looked like it really struggled with the option against Mississippi State, so maybe it’s worth trotting out Logan Gray in situations other than for one play on second down in the red zone.
- Trindon Holliday. Jon Fabris. Directional kicking. Just sayin’.