LSU Week: Hale's Three Keys

BATON ROUGE - David Hale's look at Georgia's game with LSU.

SUCCESS ON FIRST DOWN. Georgia was just one-of-eight on third-down conversions last week against Vanderbilt, and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo attributed the problem to a failure to pick up positive yards on first down. Georgia routinely found itself in third-and-long, a situation the Bulldogs need to avoid against LSU's aggressive pass rush.

STOP THE RUN. LSU's quarterbacks have been inconsistent at times, the Tigers rely on a hard-nosed running game that has averaged nearly 180 yards on the ground per game this season. That's nearly triple what Georgia's defense has been allowing, and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said it's imperative that trend continues this week. "We know they're going to try to pound us with the run," he said, "and if we stop the run and make then one-dimensional, I don't believe they can beat us."

GET TOUCHDOWNS IN THE RED ZONE. On Georgia's past 11 trips inside their opponents' 20-yard line, the Bulldogs have come away with just five touchdowns. In what promises to be a physical game between two top defenses, scoring chances could be at a premium, and Georgia will need to but more sevens than threes on the scoreboard if it wants to win.

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