Bulldogs face treacherous stretch, starting with No. 13 LSU Saturday

John and Hugh
October 10, 2018 - 12:20 pm

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The Georgia Bulldogs face a gauntlet of a schedule over the next four games with matchups against Florida (14), Kentucky (18) and Auburn (21). But it all starts with the No. 13 LSU Tigers on Saturday in Baton Rouge. 

DawgNation senior writer Mike Griffith joined John and Hugh on Wednesday to preview the tough SEC battle. 

The young Bulldogs defense gave up 200 yards of offense in the first half last week to Vanderbilt, but if they can limit the run game and get pressure to Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow, Griffith says Georgia will be fine.

“It’ll be a physical contest, and we’ll find out just how good Georgia is. LSU’s back against the wall. It’s a really good LSU team, and it’s a Georgia team that’s eager to prove themselves.”  

LSU has been battle-tested, starting with Miami to start the season and a big win road win at Auburn. Coming off a tough loss against Florida last week, the Tigers will be ready for this one.

“(UGA’s) front seven as a whole will be tested. They’ve been a little suspect (this season). If LSU is able to have success on first down running the ball and stay ahead of the chains, that’s makes it a little tougher for Georgia’s defense. Those first down plays for LSU will be important. Georgia doesn’t give up big plays, and they have an exceptional secondary. So can LSU be patient and have long drives, or make mistakes?” 

As mentioned previously, this is a big stretch of games for Georgia, playing four teams in the Top 25. They’re going to have to prove it to get to the national title game.

“This LSU game is a big showdown for Georgia. The fact that there’s a bye week (coming up) will give Georgia a chance to catch their breath. It’s a back-end loaded schedule. With Florida having beaten LSU, they’re better than most people think. Kentucky will be a tough trip and while Auburn looks to be a little down, they do have talent.  Georgia Tech’s not Georgia Tech. I do think the Georgia Tech game is a tough matchup though, and it’ll be a physical, chippy game. It is a very tough stretch for Georgia if they’re going to make it back to the championship game.”​

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