A look at Georgia and LSU's common opponents

Can we get a prediction on the game based on common opponents? Maybe. Maybe not, but here is the breakdown of each game.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Georgia won 31-7, Sept. 13: The Bulldogs broke a three-year drought of not scoring an offensive touchdown and rolled past the No. 25 Gamecocks. South Carolina tried some gimmicks and played three quarterbacks to no avail. The visitors did run for 111 yards and pass for 239, but Georgia had three interceptions and six tackles for loss. Reggie Brown caught seven passes for 104 yards, and Michael Cooper ran for 82 yards on 14 carries.

LSU won 33-7, Oct. 18, Columbia: A week after stumbling at home to Florida, the Tigers led 19-0 at halftime and got 222 yards rushing from the trio of freshmen Justin Vincent, Alley Broussard, and Barrington Edwards. Matt Mauck was hot, completing 24 of 30 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. USC averaged 5.2 yards per play, but the Gamecocks ran 35 fewer plays and had 11 first downs. South Carolina did pull to within 19-7, but LSU recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

ALABAMA

Georgia won 37-23, Oct. 4, Athens: The game wasn't all that close, for Georgia led 30-3 before Alabama made a first down. The 37 first-half points were the most Alabama has given up in a half in the modern era. The Bulldogs sleepwalked through the second half and Bama picked up some points. Billy Bennett had a 52-yard field goal, and David Greene threw for 252 yards but had two interceptions. Alabama's offense managed 204 yards total offense. LSU won 27-3, Nov. 15, Tuscaloosa: Alabama did no better against LSU's defense, getting 219 yards and only a fourth-quarter field goal to break the shutout. LSU had 18 more first downs and held the ball for nine more minutes. Vincent and Broussard had 27 carries for 162 yards. Alabama's Shaud Williams, who had 58 yards on 15 carries against Georgia, was held to 39 on 11. The only problem fyor the Tigers? A weak punting day, averaging 32.8 yards on four tries.

FLORIDA

Georgia lost 16-13, Nov. 1, Jacksonville: The streak, the curse, the whatever continued. This time, it was a 33-yard field goal by Florida's Matt Leach with 33 seconds left that sent Georgia to defeat. Freshman quarterback Chris Leak drove the Gators 66 yards to set up the game-winner. Georgia tied it at 13 after trailing by 10, having to settle for a field goal after being stopped at the four. UF gained only 89 yards rushing and ran 24 fewer plays, but came up with four sacks. LSU lost 19-7, Oct. 11, Baton Rouge: Things started off good as LSU's Skyler Green returned a punt 80 yards for a score three minutes into the game. Florida scored 10 points in less than four minutes in the first quarter. Most impressive was a 13-play drive engineered by quarterback Chris Leak. A penalty nullified one big gain in the third, then Devery Henderson fumbled at the UF 14 late in the game. LSU sacked Leak six times, but Mauck went down three times and was intercepted twice. S

AUBURN

Georgia won 26-7, Nov. 15, Athens: Auburn came out passing, even before it got behind. The Tigers were down only 3-0 after one and still went against their strength. Georgia ran it 20 more times and turned in an efficient offensive day with 331 yards on 70 plays. Cadillac Williams was held to 45 yards on 12 carries, trailing the day of UGA freshman Kregg Lumpkin, who had 70 on 13. AU's lone score game with 3:13 left in the game. LSU won 31-7, Oct. 25, Baton Rouge: One running back carried 14 times for 127 yards - and no negative plays - and it wasn't Cadillac Williams. LSU's Vincent carried the load as LSU went up 21-0 in the first quarter and cruised. Auburn was outgained 381-193 and Williams had 61 yards on 20 carries. Henderson caught two touchdown passes and had 101 yards receiving while the Tiger defense dumped Jason Campbell four times.


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