Last week's record: 5-1
Game within a game: Georgia running backs vs. LSU rush defense
When Georgia traveled to Baton Rouge on September 20 to take on LSU, it was the gridiron version of the mythological movie "Clash Of The Titans," with the Bulldog and Tiger rushing defenses squaring off in full-on trench warfare.
The rematch will be more of the same. Georgia boasts the country's eighth-best rush defense, while LSU brings the third-ranked unit. But the reason Georgia's running backs are more in the spotlight than LSU's is because LSU also brings the nation's number-five pass efficiency defense to the table.
Georgia's pass defense is nothing to sneeze at, either. The Bulldogs are ranked eighth in pass defense and 13th in pass efficiency defense. But LSU has more talent at running back and quarterback Matt Mauck can make plays himself out of the pocket, which Georgia's David Greene cannot. Simply put, it's more likely LSU's offense will be able to move against Georgia's defense than the inverse.
Georgia lost the first meeting this year and will lose the second as well without some help.
Special teams are tightly contested; Georgia kicks the ball better, while LSU punts it better. But LSU holds a substantial edge in returns, particularly punt returns. Skyler Green is the nation's best at the job.
All phases of Georgia's offense will have to work before the Bulldogs can hope to avenge its regular season loss to LSU. If not, Georgia will find itself in the uncomfortable position of having to punt to Green, and too much of that spells disaster.
Prediction: LSU 27, Georgia 17