2019 SEC Championship Preview

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Jackson Thacker

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This year, the SEC Championship will take place in Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The number 2 ranked LSU Tigers of the west division will face the number 4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs of the eastern division. LSU comes into the game with a perfect 12-0 record and playing in the title game for the first time in eight years. LSU is a four-point favorite to win. Georgia comes in with an 11-1 record and will be playing in their third straight SEC Championship. LSU is led by Heisman contending senior quarterback Joe Burrow and coach Ed Ogeron (31-11). Georgia is led by quarterback Jake Fromm and coach Kirby Smart (43–11). The game will have major playoff implications as the winner is guaranteed a spot in the College Football Playoff and the loser will possibly miss out on a chance to play in the playoffs.

 

LSU Tigers

The Tigers are coming off a record-breaking undefeated season with wins over rivals Alabama, Auburn and Florida. LSU’s best player is senior quarterback Joe Burrow, who is receiving national attention from NFL scouts and Heisman voters. Burrow has passed for over 4,000 yards and is credited with 44 touchdowns.

LSU also possess an elite group of wide receivers led by Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr. The running game is led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has rushed for over 1,000 yards and 16 touchdowns. LSU has managed to score 48 points per game and put up 584 yards per outing.

The Tiger defense received a lot of preseason hype but has failed to back that up. The defense has let up 22 points per game and given up 265 yards of total defense. Those stats might not sound like a concern, but they let up more than 20 points against Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. All these teams have had offensive struggles just like their opponent this week.

Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are coming into the SEC Championship game with an 11-1 record. Georgia has won games against conference rivals Florida and Auburn to secure their spot in the game.

Georgia’s single loss came in devastating fashion, as they lost 20-17 in overtime against South Carolina in a game where everything went wrong for Georgia.

However, the bulldogs have stepped up their game and have dominated their opponents as of late. Georgia’s offense is led by junior quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm has managed to put up over 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. The rushing game is Georgia’s bread and butter and is led by D’andre Swift and Brian Herrien. Swift is a back with speed and amazing agility, and Herrien is a strong downhill runner. The backs have combined for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns. Georgia’s wide receivers have taken a heavy hit with the loss of Lawrence Cager and George Pickens for the first half (Cager is out with an ankle injury and Pickens is suspended for engaging in a fight against Georgia Tech). Dominick Blaylock and Demetrius Robertson will have to step up in the first half for the passing game to succeed. Georgia puts up roughly 400 yards a game and scores 30 points per game.

 

 

The defense is the strongest part of this team and this group may be the best defense in the nation. Georgia holds teams to just 125 total yards per game and only allows 10 points per game. Georgia’s defense is led by Jim Thorpe semifinalist safety JR Reed and defensive lineman Azeez Ojulari (Ojulari’s brother is currently committed to LSU).

 

Keys to Victory

LSU: Force Georgia into three and outs and wear out the Georgia defense early in the game.

Georgia: Control time of possession and score touchdowns instead of field goals, shut down Joe Burrow and win the turnover battle.

 

Outcome

The first half should be a defensive battle as both teams struggle to put up points, however LSU goes in the half leading 13-7. Coming out of the locker room, Georgia’s offense begins to pick up and score adding on two touchdowns. LSU attempts to make a fourth quarter comeback, but the Georgia defense and a late field goal from Rodrigo Blakenship hold off the tiger comeback as the confetti falls in Georgia’s favor.

 

Final Score

Georgia: 27 | LSU: 24

MVP: Jake Fromm | QB | Georgia